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Has anyone read?

Working on the narration for the abridged Zauberflöte that will comprise half of the May "Love and Fairy Tales" program, with the Met production from PBS ~20 years ago in the background.

Not for the first time, it occurred to me wonder whether anyone's done a retelling novel, since it's the sort of fairy tale that's ripe for it, with opportunities for an author to define and explore things like whether Sarastro is Pamina's father. A quick Google check turned up a YA novel called Sunlight and Shadow, which came out last summer. There's one scathing review, and one rave that appears to be from the target audience.

Anyone read this and have an opinion? Also, do you know of any other takes out there (pro or otherwise -- given that a couple of my favorite Yuletide fics this year were fairy-tale retellings)?

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wiliqueen
Mar. 30th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! (And I'm rather appalled at myself for not knowing! Bad fantasy fan, no cookie.)

it was the first time I realised that the Queen of the Night was not the "good guy".

If you started with MZB, that would make sense. *g* I'll definitely have to fill that hole in my reading, and see where I end up placing it in relation to MoA (which I love, but have issues with certain elements of, notably that I didn't think it necessary to make Gwynhwyfar pathologically craven) and The Firebrand (which doesn't stick with me quite as much, maybe, but where I appreciated seeing Helen get credit for being more than a pawn. Of mortals, at least.) I'm very curious to see her take on the motivations and balance of power in Schikenader's spoon-fed Masonic cosmology.

Very glad you happened by!

Edited at 2009-03-30 02:57 pm (UTC)
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