My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales by Katherine Vaz, Chris Adrian, Stacey Richter, Kate Bernheimer, Brian Evenson, Kellie Wells, Kathryn Davis, Joy Williams, Karen Joy Fowler, Jonathon Keats, Kevin Brockmeier, Neil LaBute, Karen Brennan, Joyce Carol Oates, Hiromi Itō, Naoko Awa, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Gregory Maguire, Marjorie Sandor, Francesca Lia Block, John Updike, Jim Shepard, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Michael Cunningham, Michael Mejia, Ilya Kaminsky, Kim Addonizio, Lily Hoang, Rabih Alameddine, Kelly Link, Sabrina Orah Mark, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Alissa Nutting, Michael Martone, Lucy Corin, Lydia Millet, Neil Gaiman, Joyelle McSweeney, Francine Prose, Aimee Bender, Shelley Jackson, Timothy Schaffert

576 pages first pub 2010 (editions)

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The fairy tale lives again in this book of forty new stories by some of the biggest names in contemporary fiction. Neil Gaiman, “Orange”   Aimee Bender, “The Color Master”   Joyce Carol Oates, “Blue-bearded Lover”   Michael Cunningham, “The Wild ...

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dark 88%
adventurous 47%
mysterious 35%
challenging 29%
emotional 29%
reflective 29%
funny 17%
lighthearted 11%
relaxing 5%
sad 5%


slow 64%
medium 29%
fast 5%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 69% | N/A: 23% | Plot: 7%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 53% | N/A: 38% | Yes: 7%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 41% | N/A: 33% | No: 16% | Yes: 8%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 69% | It's complicated: 23% | N/A: 7%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

N/A: 38% | Yes: 30% | It's complicated: 23% | No: 7%

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