I am Danish, and mighty proud of it. Usually if I bring up my heritage in conversation, I hear a joke about pastries, and then people mention one of two things; legos or Hans Christian Andersen. While legos are well and good, I'm much happier to be connected, however tenuously, to a master of the modern fairy tale. And it seems that good ole' Hans (as we Danes like to call him) is having something of a resurgence in the literary consciousness.
Although a little hard to recognize, Disney's megahit, Frozen, was inspired by The Snow Queen. They got kind of far away from the original, but I love that they kept the love of two children (siblings instead of friends this time)at the core of the story.
Speaking of the frosty lady, there's a new production heading towards NYC this summer. Looks like a good time, and it might be a very refreshing to spend a couple of hours away from the summer heat.
I haven't read this book yet, but it's getting quite close to the top of the pile. Again, Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee is a retelling of the The Snow Queen.
And lastly, we have Nightingale's Nest by Nikki Loftin. This novel, as you would guess, is inspired by The Nightingale, but this time the songstress is a little girl with a voice to call birds down from the sky. Our narrator is a young man who's trying to get over the death of his sister, a death he feels responsible for, and he takes it upon himself to protect Gayle from her negligent if not outright abusive foster family and the intense interest of their rich old neighbor, Mr. King. This book is definitely magical realism and as many of Anderson's stories go, it's sometimes quite a painful, while beautiful, read.
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