Monday, April 27, 2009

Love is Hell and Ballad Spotting

This young adult collection of short stories of supernatural romance contains two stories evoking/reworking/retelling traditional Child Ballads. Both of these stories would have been happily added to Stories from Songs: Ballads as Literary Fictions for Young Adults if the anthology would have been published earlier. Look for Love is Hell with stories by Melissa Marr, Scott Westerfeld, Justine Larbalestier, Gabrielle Zevin and Laurie Faria Stolarz. (HarperTEEN, 2008).

In "Love Struck," Melissa Marr explores the folklore of the male selkie as celebrated in the ballad of "The Great Selkie of Sule Skerry."

Thinner Than Water by Justine Larbalestier is, as the author stated on her blog, a dark faery reworking of several Cruel Lover ballads that she has been writing, under a variety of different titles, off and on, for over two decades.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


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