”Bad fats don’t always follow those who deserve them”
It’s official. I want kids now only to read to them solely from this book. Creepy fairytales that completely go against the norm of fairytales? Girls who become the monsters and girls who choose freedom instead of a man and toys who come to life but not for the maker?
I absolutely loved these. I will treasure these stories forever and I will legitimately read these to any kid that wants to tell them a story. Beware, friends and family.
And the artistry? My goodness, it is like a flip book! With each story, the boarder adds on as the story continues. But it goes along with the story. It’s seriously so beautiful! Sara Kipin did a MARVELOUS JOB.
I think the main reason I love these short stories so much is because they aren’t cut just like the normal. The ending is always something that you don’t realize coming because you are so used to the good guy and bad guy being crystal clear and the ending being a happily ever after. Bardugo doesn’t care for your happily ever after or your heroes and villains. She makes you question why you assumed the ending and rewires your train of thought.
I am hoping in her new books these grishatales will be mentioned in them so I can quietly smile to myself and go “I see what you did there, Leigh”.
About Meeting Leigh Bardugo:
So, as you might have seen from my updates, I got to meet Leigh Bardugo the day before the release date. She knew who I was and I cried just a lot. She also told me I reminded her of Zoya, and I took that as a compliment. I don’t think I ever need to be complimented again.
Bardugo is the snarky, dressed-in-all-black author you have probably imagined she would be. She is witty and is confident enough to make fun of herself and talk to a room full of people in love with the stories she weaves.
It was absolutely thrilling to hear about her friend evaluations she used to do when she was a teen and to hear about her first book she ever wrote with assassin twins called “Blood and Jared”. But mostly, she shined new light to what she does with her book: she makes the reader the hero.
She makes sure that everyone can feel themselves in a story and realize you can be a hero. Are you a girl? You’re the hero. Are you gay? You are the hero. Are of a different ethnicity besides white? You. Are. The. Hero. Leigh talked about how she never had representation growing up in the stories that she obsessed over, but she always imagined herself being a part of them (even when it was just a big giant group of boys).
She was tired of always having to be the princess who needs saving or the funny sidekick. She didn’t want anyone to feel that they couldn’t be the hero.
So, she wrote. And that, my friends, is beauty.
P.S. Ask Leigh how men and horses are alike.