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List of Fairy Tales Referenced in Enchanted

Because I get asked this so many times–and because I have the audiobook to refresh my memory–here’s a handy-dandy list for you. I am sure this is incomplete, but at the very least, these are all the stories I meant to include ON PURPOSE.

List of Fairy Tales, Nursery Rhymes, and Classic Fantasy Novels Referenced in Enchanted (in order or appearance…mostly)

Madeleine Lemaire - Les fées (1908)1. “Monday’s Child is Fair of Face” (Nursery rhyme)
2. Seventh son of a seventh son (trope)
3. Cu Chulainn (Irish myth)
4. “The Foundling” (Grimm)
5. “The Frog Prince” (Grimm)
6. “Snow White & Rose Red” (Grimm)
7. “The Red Shoes” (Andersen)
8. “The Princess & the Pea” (Andersen)
9. “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” (Grimm)
10. The Princess Bride (Goldman)
11. “Rumpelstiltskin” (Grimm)
12. “Rapunzel” (Grimm)
13. “There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe” (Nursery rhyme)
14. “Jack & the Beanstalk” (Grimm)
15. Robin Hood (English folklore)
16. “The Fairies” (aka “Diamonds & Toads”) (Perrault)
17. “Sleeping Beauty” (Grimm)
18. “What Little Boys are Made Of” (nursery rhyme)
19. “Cinderella” (Grimm)
20. “Snow White” (Grimm)
21. “Simple Simon” (Nursery rhyme)
22. “Fitcher’s Bird” (aka “Bluebeard) (Grimm/Perrault)
23. Comte de Saint Germain (French history/legend)
24. “One for Sorrow” (Nursery rhyme)
25. Tam Lin (Scottish ballad/legend)
26. The Darkangel (Pierce)
27. Beauty (McKinley)
28. The Secret Garden (Burnett)
29. “The Emperor’s New Clothes” (Andersen)
30. “The Goose Girl” (Grimm)
31. The Book of Three (Alexander)
32. “The Female of the Species” (Kipling)
33. “Sick” (Silverstein)
34. Anne of Green Gables (Montgomery)
35. Peter Pan (Barrie)
36. “Little Red Riding Hood” (Grimm)

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New Videos

It’s been a busy week leading up the Florida move (I say, from a balcony window seat currently overlooking Niagara Falls) — I’ve posted lots of things all over the intarwebs, but I’ve been remiss about linking them on the blog.

So here you go!

Last Monday’s Fairy Tale Rant (remember, if you’d like to pitch in and donate $1 or more for every Fairy Tale Rant that gets posted, head over to my Patreon site and become a Patron of the Arts!)

I’ve also updated the Official ENCHANTED Book Trailer, so that it’s not just for last year’s SYNC program anymore. Please enjoy and share with new friends and fans!

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Princess Alethea Rants “Cinderella”

Here it is…the Rant you’ve been waiting for! Especially to celebrate World Book Night 2014.

Enjoy and share the love of reading! xox

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Princess Alethea and the Power of Words

As promised, here is the small speech I gave at the World Book Night Givers Reception last night at Gum Springs Library. xox

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WBN Loves Cover“Words have power.” This phrase was said by Mama Woodcutter to her youngest daughter Sunday, in my novel Enchanted.

Words have power. We all know this to be true…of course, in my book, I took it literally (no spoilers for those who haven’t read it!).

Words have power. Enchanted contains around 74,000 of them. I’d say that’s a decent amount of power.

If words could be converted into kilowatts, this library could light up the city. But when I say “power” in this context I don’t mean electrical…I mean MAGIC.

And, as I always say, Magic is best when shared.

It was my father who first shared this magic with me, reading to me every night when I was a baby. When I was three, Mom realized that *I* was the one reading, while Dad snored peacefully away on the bed beside me.

THAT’S how powerful words are to me. I never remember learning how to read. It’s like I just knew. To me, words have always been magic.

From that point on, books were my life. They were my favorite things in the world. I was not shy about telling people this, so I always got books as gifts from my family. Some kids get turtles or unicorns or teddy bears–I got books.

I still have the ones that were inscribed to me by my grandmothers and my aunt. Thanks to a plethora of Library Book Sales, I even have a bunch of books inscribed to other people. I love those just as much, even though I never knew the givers or the recipients. It simply adds history to the character of the book itself, giving it a place and a time, a purpose, and a life.

Tomorrow night, World Book Night Givers will be giving life to half a million books all across the United States.

That’s some pretty powerful magic, if I do say so myself.

And what better way to share the magic of reading? It’s so wonderful when a friend puts a book into my hand and says, “You must read this!” There are billions of books out there, but that one made it through the slush pile and was vetted by my very own personal pre-reader. What more could I ask for?

I remember those moments–powerful, strong memories. I remember when the local bookseller handed me the hardcover of Robin McKinley’s Deerskin and told me I was going to love it. I had just graduated high school. Almost a decade later, my co-worker Kitti walked into my cubicle and forced a book into my hands, making me SWEAR I would read it. That book was A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.

Of course, I am TOTALLY guilty of pushing books off on other people as well. There are books I look for at book sales for the sole purpose of hoarding multiple copies to force upon my friends at will. Some of those titles have been: William Goldman’s The Princess Bride, Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen, Orson Scott Card’s novelization of The Abyss, and The Monster at the End of This Book, starring Grover. (Still one of the best baby shower gifts of all time!)

Givers, tomorrow night, you will be making these memories. You will be the one who means something to someone so powerfully that they will remember it for the rest of their lives. It may not be the same with every person you hand that book to, but at least one book in that box you’re taking home with you tonight is going to make a difference. And that is a powerful thing.

Because words have power. Words are magic. And magic is best when shared.

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WBN Loves Enchanted!

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ENCHANTED is sponsoring the World Book Night Twitter feed today!

If you’re on Twitter, tell @WBNAmerica your favorite fairy tale, using the hashtag #WBNLoves — and thank you for the love!

xox

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Princess Alethea Rants About “Foundling”

A New Fairy Tale Rant is Live!

Today, Princess Alethea rants about the Grimm’s fairy tale “Foundling.” This fairy tale was the basis for the character Trix in the Woodcutter Sisters series…fans of Enchanted will especially enjoy seeing how aspects of this tale were woven into the novel.

Enjoy!

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Enchanted is WBN’s Book of the Day!

Enchanted selected for World Book Night 2014

World Book Night might not be here until April 23rd…but that doesn’t mean the World Book Night folks can’t celebrate every day until then!

Today, Enchanted has been selected as the Book of the Day. All day today on the WBN Facebook page and the WBN Twitter account (@wbnamerica / #BookOfTheDay), we will be celebrating ENCHANTED. Stop by, spread the love, share your favorite quotes, and find out some fun facts about ENCHANTED (and Alethea!) that you might not have already known.

Not available tomorrow? Worry not! The week of January 24th, ENCHANTED will be World Book Night’s #FridayReads. They will be reading and discussing the book all week long. You have PLENTY of time to gear up for that one.

So…Happy Enchanted Day!

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

 

 

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Today’s Blog Offerings

HERO landed in bookstores today, and exploded all over the intarwebs in a big way!

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At the Waterworld Mermaids, I blog about my spectacular, almost supernatural ability to pull off things at the Last Minute. Includes a few stats on Beloved, the first draft of which I finished last night around 11pm. (Click here to read and enter to win the Blog Tour Basket!)

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Over at Mary Robinette Kowal‘s blog, I talk about “My Favorite Bit” of HERO and its Shakespearean origins. I absolutely LOVE this essay. It’s possibly my favorite entry of the tour. (Click here to read!)

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The gorgeous Ms. Book Queen has posted her own review of HERO today, in conjunction with a chance to win a signed copy of Enchanted. (Click here to read and enter!)

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HERO is Justine Magazine‘s Most Fun Fairy Tale for Teen Read Week! Click here to read some really fun Spark Girl reviews!

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Another fabulous review at Library of a Book Witch…by someone who *gets* the old-school fairy tale references!

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A really fun interview with MOI over at Tressa’s Wishful Endings! I talk about damsels in distress and my all-time favorite fairy tales.

Hero Birthday!

 

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The Greatest Story

In an effort to spend more time on Tumblr, I have discovered (thanks to Alma Katsu’s social media roundup) some fabulous quote-making websites…and I’m having a blast.

The Greatest Story

Yeah, yeah…I know…now I have to go back to WRITING NOVELS…

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Nine Minutes of Awesome

Hey, Mom–

I know you couldn’t be in NY for my Books of Wonder panel on Wednesday, but THAT’S OKAY, because one of my lovely new friends from MISTI-Con was brilliant enough to record me introducing myself, my love of fairy tales, and my summary of Enchanted.

It’s nine minutes of Princess Alethea Awesomeness! (And for something I threw together off the cuff, pretty coherent, if I do say so myself.) Enjoy! xox

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