Bookish Gift Guide Fairy Tale Edition

I’ve been reading a lot of fairy tale inspired books lately; from The Lunar Chronicles to Uprooted, I just can’t get enough fairy tales. I am also super excited for the upcoming live action Beauty and the Beast (release date of March 17, 2017). Here is my Bookish Gift Guide for the Fairy Tale aficionado in your life. There should be something on the list for everyone from books, to movies, to tv shows, comic books, and other items!

*** Please note that I am not receiving any kind of commission for mentioning these companies; I just like these products.***

Books

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Find my review of the entire series here.

A Wild Swan and Other Tales by Michael Cunningham

Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

Purchase your copy here.

Synopsis (from Goodreads): A poisoned apple and a monkey’s paw with the power to change fate; a girl whose extraordinarily long hair causes catastrophe; a man with one human arm and one swan’s wing; and a house deep in the forest, constructed of gumdrops and gingerbread, vanilla frosting and boiled sugar. In A Wild Swan and Other Tales, the people and the talismans of lands far, far away—the mythic figures of our childhoods and the source of so much of our wonder—are transformed by Michael Cunningham into stories of sublime revelation.

Here are the moments that our fairy tales forgot or deliberately concealed: the years after a spell is broken, the rapturous instant of a miracle unexpectedly realized, or the fate of a prince only half cured of a curse. The Beast stands ahead of you in line at the convenience store, buying smokes and a Slim Jim, his devouring smile aimed at the cashier. A malformed little man with a knack for minor acts of wizardry goes to disastrous lengths to procure a child. A loutish and lazy Jack prefers living in his mother’s basement to getting a job, until the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans.

Re-imagined by one of the most gifted storytellers of his generation, and exquisitely illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, rarely have our bedtime stories been this dark, this perverse, or this true.

The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher

Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World WidePurchase your copy here.

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Rhea is an ordinary miller’s daughter, engaged to be married under suspicious circumstances to a man not of her choosing. He has unknown powers and a manor house full of mysterious women. Rhea has a hedgehog. It claims to be ordinary, but normal hedgehogs don’t act like that. It’s probably not going to be enough.

Movies

Into the Woods

Rated: PG, Release Date: December 25, 2014 (IMDB)

Synopsis (from Disney): From the director of Chicago and the producer of Wicked comes a modern twist on the beloved fairy tales you thought you knew. Meryl Streep stars in this epic musical saga about daring to venture Into The Woods. Iconic characters, such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, find their fates intertwined with a humble baker and his wife, whose longing to have a child sends them on a quest to reverse a witch’s (Streep) curse. With an all-star cast, this spellbinding adventure is everything you could ever wish for!

Cinderella

Rated: PG, Release Date: March 13, 2015 (IMDB)

Synopsis (from IMDB): When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her scheming step-sisters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.

Maleficent

Rated: PG, Release Date: May 28, 2014 (IMDB)

Synopsis (from Disney): Explore the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain in this wickedly fun twist on the classic Sleeping Beauty. In an unforgiving mood after a neighboring kingdom threatens her forest, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) places an irrevocable curse on the king’s newborn daughter, the Princess Aurora. But as the child grows, Maleficent finds herself becoming fond of the girl. And as the conflict between the two realms intensifies, Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land. Journey beyond the fairy tale in this soaring adventure that is “visually arresting, brilliantly designed” (Andrew Barker, Variety).

TV Show

Once Upon a Time on ABC

IMDB, ABC, Netflix, & Hulu

Synopsis (from ABC): A young woman with a troubled past is drawn to a small town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed.

This is Fairy Tale Land. It’s filled with magic, monsters and all of the characters we all know from stories growing up. It’s real, and so are the people in it. But unlike the “happily ever after” you may have heard about, their stories continued, and The Evil Queen cast a Dark Curse over the land….

This is Storybrooke. It’s a quiet, little, New England town filled with people who go about their everyday lives with no idea who they really are. The Queen’s Curse has trapped them here and placed her in near-complete control. They have no real memories and no real hope.

Once Upon A Time is, at its core, a story about hope.

“For us, that’s what a fairy tale is. It’s that ability to think your life will get better. It’s why you buy a lottery ticket—because if you win you get to tell your boss that you’re quitting and you get to move to Paris or wherever and be who you always wanted to be. And that’s Cinderella, right? One day she’s sweeping up and the next she’s going to the ball. Adam and I just wanted to write about something hopeful that for one hour a week allows one to put everything aside and have that feeling that your dreams just may come true.” – Edward Kitsis, Co-Creator/Executive Producer

Get caught up before season 6 of Once Upon a Time premieres on September 25th! See my Fall 2016 TV Guide for more details of what to expect in the new season!

Comics/Graphic Novels

Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen by ABC and Marvel

Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World WidePurchase your copy here.

Synopsis (from Goodreads): The Evil Queen has, quite literally, captured the Huntsman’s heart — and now he’s her slave. Based on the world of ABC’s hit primetime series ONCE UPON A TIME, this is the never-before-told tale behind their twisted relationship — and what happens when a good man is forced to do bad. When Regina cooks up yet another devious plan to capture Snow White — this time by allying with a pack of power-hungry werewolves — the Huntsman comes face-to-face with his past…and an independent spirit in Red Riding Hood that just may match his own. Can these two break free of the forces that bind them and save Snow White? When put to the test, where will the Huntsman’s loyalties lie? Has the Evil Queen stolen his heart in more ways than one?

Fables D.C. Comic’s Vertigo

Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World WidePurchase your copy here.

Vol. 1 Synopsis (from Goodreads): When a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters have created their own peaceful and secret society within an exclusive luxury apartment building called Fabletown. But when Snow White’s party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently murdered, it is up to Fabletown’s sheriff, a reformed and pardoned Big Bad Wolf (Bigby Wolf), to determine if the killer is Bluebeard, Rose’s ex-lover and notorious wife killer, or Jack, her current live-in boyfriend and former beanstalk-climber.

Gifts

Pair of Fairytale Bookends

original_fairy-tale-bookends

$37.70 from Not on the High Street

Peter Pan World Famous Travel Company Vintage Style Poster

peter pan poster

11×14 $9.99 from MyChildishThings

Snow White’s Cottage Candle

Snow white cottage candle

$3.50 from DioCandleCompany

Classic Red Rose Flower Terrarium Glass Vial Necklace

belle rose necklace

Currently on sale for $131.10 from WoodlandBelle

Ariel Gold Seashell Voice Necklace

ariel seashell voice necklace

$15.80+ from Solistar on Etsy

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