Alas, young queen, passing by

The Goose Girl has always been a strange fairy tale to me. It has some strikingly specific imagery (which no doubt originally carried metaphorical meaning that I’m too lazy to look up for this) which makes it stick in your head, but also seemed to me to be even more narratively disjointed and have less clear characterization than many other fairy tales (certainly, when I read it for the first time it was easily the most extreme example of that I’d encountered). It always seemed to me that there was something there to be teased out or reshaped.

What I’m saying is, the Goose Girl strikes me as an excellent choice for someone who wants to retell fairy tales. Shannon Hale’s The Goose Girl¬†unsurprisingly does just that. It also clearly demonstrates that 1- The Goose Girl can be the basis for a great retelling and 2- I need to read more Shannon Hale. Continue reading


I believe in the rule of law, and that the rule of law means that no one is above it.

I believe that if you have the will to use it wisely, without harming others, you can turn a vice into a virtue.

I believe that one must always not only look to the larger picture, but how it affects individual lives.

I believe that people aren’t good, or evil, but both. That’s okay. The greatest injustice is to treat someone, or a group of someones, as an absolute, because that turns people into objects.

I can’t say I believe all of these things because of Terry Pratchett’s books. Some of them had some basis before I read any of his work, some of them came about through multiple influences. But Discworld gave me a framework and language for these beliefs. And jokes, and amazing moments of strength, and fantastic characters.

Thank you, Sir Pratchett. May you be exactly where you’d like to be.