Also in this series: The Key, Figment, The Raven Princess, Before the Rose Bloomed, Beast/Beast, The Brothers Piggett, Untethered, Better, Light It Up
Published by Harlequin Teen on 25 February 2014
Genres: Anthology, Short Story / Novella, Young Adult
Short Story Saturday is a new feature that I am doing here on Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. One of the anthologies that I am focusing on now is Grim edited by Christine Johnson which is described as: “In the days when fairy tales were first spun, they weren’t the sweet and cheerful stories we tell today. Back then, fairy tales were terrifying. They were a warning to the listener to stay out of the night, to keep away from the mystical and ignore the mysterious.”
Place(s) Traveled To: Flamen // Lycea
First Line(s): I live in a kingdom surrounded by many lands.
Original Story: Cat-Skin
Though beautifully written Thinner Than Water by Saundra Mitchell falls into the same trap that the previous story, The Raven Princess inthat it doesn’t re-tell a fairy tale. Instead, Thinner Than Water takes the original story and just re-writes it slightly but essentially its the same story. The difference with Thinner Than Water though is that Mitchell changes the ending. In the original, the Princess leaves her kingdom to hide out in another and she eventually marries the Prince (or King in some variations of the tale) and they live happily ever after. In Thinner Than Water, the story ends not long after the Princess leaves and of the two stories I do like Mitchell’s ending best.
Where this story loses me is with the squick factor and so there was a lot of unease while reading the story. In some ways this is a good thing thing as an incestuous story should make the reader feel uncomfortable and Mitchell certainly succeeds in that. But for me, I wish I had skipped this story or that Mitchell had choosen another fairy tale to try to recreate. Overall, this installment in the anthology just wasn’t for me and I hope that the next one is actually more of a retelling and not just a regurgitation of the original.