Fierce Fairytales: Poems And Stories To Stir Your Soul by Nikita Gill
Publisher: Hachette Books
Release Date: September 11, 2018
Summary: Traditional fairytales are rife with cliches and gender stereotypes: beautiful, silent princesses; ugly, jealous, and bitter villainesses; girls who need rescuing; and men who take all the glory.
But in this rousing new prose and poetry collection, Nikita Gill gives Once Upon a Time a much-needed modern makeover. Through her gorgeous reimagining of fairytale classics and spellbinding original tales, she dismantles the old-fashioned tropes that have been ingrained in our minds. In this book, gone are the docile women and male saviors. Instead, lines blur between heroes and villains. You will meet fearless princesses, a new kind of wolf lurking in the concrete jungle, and an independent Gretel who can bring down monsters on her own.
Complete with beautifully hand-drawn illustrations by Gill herself, Fierce Fairytales is an empowering collection of poems and stories for a new generation.
My Thoughts:Fierce Fairytales is a collection of poems and short stories that transform classic tales into inspiring messages with deeply complex themes! If your new to poetry or looking for your next poetry read, Gill’s collection is one worth checking out!
I love starting out each new year with a poetry book as my first read! I’d been wanting to read Gill’s collection when it released last year, but hadn’t gotten to it, so I felt it would be a great read to start off 2019!
The first 10 pages begin with an introductory to the universe and explore the importance of self, which I found was a great start to the collection.
Then the collection progresses into poems and short stories inspired by fairytales!
I love how Gill transforms fairy tales and classic fairy-tale elements and makes them her own. You can see the originality with each poem and short-story (I also loved the illustrations that were alongside some poems & stories).
Some of my favorite poems were those that incorporated real-life elements and contemporary issues from mental health, loneliness, war, etc., which were then weaved in with fairy-tale imagery.
For example, Hunger: The Darkest Fairytale explored eating disorders while with Badroulbadour, I found it to be symbolism for the affect of war.
Through those stories and poems, I found Gill evoked so much emotion with her writing!
I love how inspiring the poems and stories are, all while exhibiting important messages of finding one’s inner strength & happiness, overcoming obstacles, and the importance of one taking charge of their own destiny.
I found those messages to be seen throughout the poem, Take Back Your Fairytale and the short stories Waking Beauty and Rapunzel, Rapunzel!
What also brings a unique twist to this collection is how Gill weaves in current and important messages of escaping abuse, overcoming hardships, and finding one’s own destiny through the origin stories of classic fairy tale villains like Captain Hook, Ursula, the Evil Queen, Cinderella’s step-mother/sisters, and many more!
However, there’s definitely moments within the collection where I clearly see the messages she’s weaving into her writing, but the writing-style itself is very direct and makes the messages appear very abrupt.
There’s definitely build-up of emotion to the message or theme of each poem/story, but its delivered in a way where its just plainly stated and with that, the feel/emotion of the poem doesn’t have as much impact.
The writing itself is also in a sense “plain” because its very easy to read and the execution of it makes the messages abrupt and forgettable as you move onto the next story or poem.
From the collection as a whole, I’d have to say the poems were my favorites compared to the stories!
I had some favorites of this collection for sure: Thermodynamics, Boy Lost which explored youth and promises, Badroulbadour, Shoemaker’s Son, Rapunzel Rapunzel & Moon Dragon to name a few <3!
The ones I mentioned above are some that I found showed the strength in her writing and imagery!
Overall though, I think there were some that were just hit or miss for me, but it was definitely a nice collection to read!
My other issue also involves the pacing, mainly seen through the short stories. While I really enjoyed reading them, I felt some just dragged a bit too long for me personally.
But I’ve been interested in reading more of Gill’s work and will definitely be checking out her additional collections in the future!
Fierce Fairytales brings a modern spin and weaves inspiring messages into the classic tales we’ve become familiar with! Gill transforms her poems and stories with a unique, original spin all while evoking emotion and beautiful imagery! If you’re looking for a magical and inspiring poetry collection, Fierce Fairytales: Poems And Stories To Stir Your Soul is one to check out!