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Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul

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Trust Nikita Gill when she turns classic fairytales in verses and her take about feminism, abuse, mental illness, love and empowerment. The language is great, all the self-love poems are fabulous, and I found so many good nuggets to remember for later.

The idea is good, the illustrations gorgeous; but the last 1/3 of the collection is just a big giant bash against men with no real fairytale link at all. It’s just a bad line and I’m shocked it was given the green light to include in this final published version, because it’s just not good at all.Some of the pieces seemed to be written more meaningfully and executed slightly better than others, so they felt a little out of place. She has taken known fairy tales (some from around the world) and given them a darker or more realistic spin. Anxious people are resourceful, they need to know how to keep the sea of panic at bay so they do not drown. Towards the end of the book I began to wonder if the author had run out of fairytales and was simply fuelled by anger. It is not like other books I've read about empowerment, only because it does not contradict itself in the process.

This book explored themes of abuse and self-love, how women as well as men can be toxic, and how it is your own business how you decide to heal- and that healing and becoming yourself again is a form of magic in its own right. A bit too much feminism (for my humble taste) but a lot of it was actually nice and mostly well-balanced. I’m 100% in favor of encouraging young women, but her advice became repetitive and ponderous by the twentieth tale.This book is an attempt to re make patriarchal fairytales into feminist and female positive remasterings.

Nikita Gill puts an adult, mostly feminist spin on common fairytales and legends in her collection, titled Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul. We get to see each of the women in these stories in different ways and the reasons for their actions. Jack, for instance, climbed the bean stalk to escape his abusive mother, preferring to face giants rather than the woman who should have loved and protected him but did the opposite.I thought this would be the perfect poetry collection for me but Gill’s interpretations of fairytales/folklore and creative choices as a whole didn’t connect with me at all. But mostly the content is on the affirmative, self-help-y side, which I don’t find appealing in my reading. Though the illustrations are gorgeous and there’s a couple of impactful poems/stories in there, I was ultimately unmoved and unimpressed with like, 95% of it. Were it not for the last quarter of the book this would probably get a four star rating from me; but I struggle to even give it three stars given how much I disliked the last few passages.

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