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I'm so excited about this giveaway guys - fairy tale adaptations and re-tellings are becoming so much more popular nowadays, and I think that's a truly great thing to see.
When it's a tale you already recognise and love, but with a whole new, unique and exciting twist, it can really get your heart racing! Definitely exciting stuff!
This giveaway hop is not entirely what you will be used to! It's something new and exciting!
Before I get into the business of the giveaway, the different bloggers taking part in this hop have been asked to talk about their favourite fairy tales in some way. So what I have decided to do, is tell you a little about my favourite fairy tale character, and why I like them so much.
Due to the fact that I studied Children's Fiction in University last semester, and a large portion of the module was focused on fairy tales, I may ramble on a little bit about the evolution of the fairy tale - but I guess that is kind of relevant, seeing as the books I will be offering to the winner are in fact, the newest generation of evolved fairy tales!
So here is the ramble:
I think, out of all many hundreds of various fairy tale characters across the world, my favourite has to be Red Riding Hood. Though I feel that I must point out that it is not her original incarnation in the tales of Charles Perrault, or even before him, that I adore - no, she was a feminist's worst nightmare! - I am talking about post-eighteenth century Red Riding Hood, the girl that was born, I suppose, from the tales of the Brothers Grimm.
The Grimms' version of Little Red Cap, as she had been known in Perrault's version of the tale, was a much stronger, more independent character. The first tale the Grimms told was a familiar tale to us all; Little Red Riding Hood gets eaten by the nasty, predatory (male) wolf, and is rescued, along with her Grandmother, by the strong, fearless Huntsman (yak!). However, there is a short tale at the end of the Brothers Grimm version, that tells of a second wolf attack on the little girl, and this time, armed with her new knowledge of their cunning, she defeats him herself, drowning him in a trough of water.
Contemporary versions of Little Red Riding Hood are even better, depicting her as entirely independent, strong-minded, physically strong (in some cases), intelligent, and frankly, just a bit kick-ass.
Right! Now for the rules of the giveaway!
- You must be a follower of Pen to Paper via Google Friend Connect (GFC) to enter. My giveaways are for my wonderful followers, so why not become one of them?
- I will need your exact GFC follower name in the Rafflecopter. I reserve the right to disqualify any entrants who are not following.
- There will be one winner who will get to choose one book from the list I provide. Please note that these may be a paperback pre-order - but I will inform you of this if you choose that particular book.
- I will email the winner when the contest is over, and they will then have 48 hours to reply to the email.
- As I will be ordering the prize from The Book Depository, I cannot be held responsible for any books that are received damaged, or lost in the post. Though I will try my best to rectify the situation with The Book Depository.
- Please do not leave your email address in the comments anywhere on my blog. I use Rafflecopter to keep your details safe, so please take advantage of this.
- The giveaway winner will be announced on this post when they have replied to my email.
- The giveaway ends on May 1st 2012 at 23:59 EST
Now for the exciting bit ... which books can you win?! As always, you can click on each image to take you to the relevant Goodreads page, to read up on each book.a Rafflecopter giveaway
Now all that remains is to make sure you're a GFC follower and get yourself entered. Good luck to all of you!