Friday, February 22, 2013

Fairy Tales in Ten by Sariah Wilson

As part of the Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back Blog Tour, I have a wonderful list of Fairy Tales by Sariah Wilson. These are her favorite! After you read her list, let me know your favorite fairy tale whether it's on the list or not. Thanks Sariah for sharing this list.

10. Wicked stepmothers.  They’re the driving force behind most of the great stories, and you can’t have a great hero/ine without a fantastic villain.

9. Hansel & Gretel.  You had to admire a pair of kids smart enough to turn their situation around and trick the witch and saving themselves.

8. Little Red Riding Hood.  I like her determination, and although she may not have been the brightest bulb in the box, I’ve always liked her devotion and good nature.

7. Jack (and the beanstalk).  Here’s a guy who figured out how to turn his life around!  I mean, yes, it involved stealing, but he got rid of a bad giant and took care of his mom.

6. Rapunzel.  Poor princess who got caught in an awful situation.  I tend to think of the Disney “Tangled” version (which will be true for the upcoming princesses as well), and love her spunk and curiosity.

5. Sleeping Beauty.  I don’t know if she’s a role model so much, but she’s one of my daughter’s favorites, so she had to be included.

4. Snow White.  I’ve always had a soft spot for Snow White.  Someone who could take a horrible situation and make it better for herself and those around her.  We have the same coloring (one of the few non-blondes!), so she’s always been my favorite princess.

3. Ariel.  I think in the original version the prince marries someone else and the little mermaid dies.  But even then, it’s a story of a girl going after what she wants, of sacrificing everything for her great love.

2.  Belle.  Another good, kindhearted heroine who sacrifices for her father, and falls in love with someone because of the inner beauty only she can see.  Women still love those stories where a heroine sees beyond a gruff exterior to the fantastic guy underneath.

1. Cinderella.  Her love story is epic, and the basis of every great romance we have today.  Where a handsome, charming and wonderful man sees through the fa├žade and falls in love with a unique, lovely, and amazing woman that the rest of the world has overlooked.  (Just like in “Pride & Prejudice!”)  

About the Book:

Everyone knows how all those fairy tales go. The princess gets beautiful, nabs her prince, falls instantly in love, lives happily ever after and leaves her evil stepsisters in the dust.

But what happens when you’re the ugly stepsister and your obnoxiously perfect—read pretty, smart, and, worst of all, sickeningly nice—stepsister is dating the charming, tall, devastatingly handsome guy you’ve had a thing for since you were nine years old?

Quirky, artistic and snarky Mattie Lowe does not lead a charmed life. Her mother is constantly belittling her on Skype. Mercedes, the school mean girl, has made it her personal mission to torment Mattie. But worst of all? Her stepsister Ella is the most beautiful, popular girl in school and is dating Mattie’s secret longtime crush, Jake Kingston.

Tired of being left out and done with waiting for her own stupid fairy godmother to show up, Mattie decides to change her life. She’ll start by running for senior class president against wildly popular Jake.

Ella can keep her Prince Annoying. Mattie’s going to rule the school.

And no one, not even a cute and suddenly flirty Jake, is going to stop her.

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