Review: Ever After High — The Storybook of Legends

Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale

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Have I mentioned that I’m in stupid love with Monster High? Something about that doll franchise’s blend of adorable monster girls, increasingly outrageous fashion, and atrocious puns just makes me happy. The webseries’ emphasis on friendship and occasional horror certainly helps, such as designated mean girl Cleo being actually fiercely protective of her friends or Frankie Stein creating a voodoo doll boyfriend to impress her friends—who reveals his sentience by running off screaming after she’s dumped him in the trash. The franchise has been a hit with both adult collectors and the actual target audience. Mattel saw more money in them hills and spawned Ever After High, which is the same concept, but with the children of fairy tale characters in high school instead of the children of classic horror characters.

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Saturday Morning Opinions: 2013 in Review

2013 has been a pretty big year, for both me and the blog. Not only I have I graduated college, completed a publishing program, gotten my first job, and moved across the country, but I’ve also tinkered with my writing style, format, and various features here at the Literary Omnivore to build a leaner, meaner bookish machine. So, for the first time in the Literary Omnivore’s history as my live reading journal, I present to you this year in review on the last Saturday of the year.

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Review: Princess Academy

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

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As far as titles go, Princess Academy is just as on the nose and just as vaguely descriptive as, say, Snakes on the Plane. Both of those titles simply describe a noun in the story itself; it’s up to the reader and/or viewer to fill things in. Snakes on a Plane gained enormous hype online for its title alone, and I, I must ashamedly say, dodged Princess Academy because it sounded a little too pat. With the rise of fairy tale high schools (from The School for Good and Evil to Ever After High to Disney’s recently announced Descendants), I, based on the title alone, though that Princess Academy was in the same wheelhouse—a wheelhouse I do visit, but not often enough to warrant seeking it out.

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Review: The Goose Girl

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

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As a child during the Disney Renaissance (Waking Sleeping Beauty claims The Little Mermaid to The Lion King; I extend that all the way up to Tarzan), whatever the Walt Disney Animation Studios said about a fairy tale was law. I was not a bookish child (no matter how loudly I whined that I was), so if a fairy tale didn’t have a high profile animated adaptation, I didn’t know it existed. (Unless it was Little Red Riding Hood. For some reason, I remember knowing that one very early.) This has left considerable gaps in my fairy tale consumption, leaving me in trouble whenever I have to write out “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” or pick up a fairy tale retelling of a fairy tale I know nothing about.

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