Also in this series: The Key, Figment, The Raven Princess, Thinner Than Water, Before the Rose Bloomed, The Brothers Piggett, Untethered, Better, Light It Up
Published by Harlequin Teen on 25 February 2014
Genres: Anthology, Fantasy, Short Story / Novella, Young Adult
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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: Unnamed
First Line(s): The first time I attempted to escape from the Beast’s castle was under cover of flat, fierce rain.
Original Story: Beauty and the Beast
Another short story that isn’t quite the retelling I though it would be, in Beast/Beast by Tessa Gratton tells the story of Beauty and the Beast and its a combination of the Disney version and some of the original tale that I read as a child. A beauty girl is forced to live with a beast in the hopes that she’ll fall in love and the curse will be broken. While Gratton has a good sense of pace and writing style this one like the previous stories is too like the original and I just wonder at the point of it. Especially with the non-ending. At least with the previous non-retellings the stories ended as their fairy tale counterparts did. I guess this may have been Gratton’s way to heighten suspense or have the reader fill in how things will go and while I don’t normally mind an open ended story in this case I did. I wanted to be shown what would happen between Beauty and her Beast. Or at the very have an indication of the meaning of the title Beast/Beast which implies that more than one person is ugly in the story and yet that was never reflected in what we were told. All in all this one was yet another disappointment in the Grim anthology.