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Sonya, the ARRA (Australian Romance Readers Assoc'n) conference was great — I met some wonderful people there -- readers and writers--, and discovered some new-to-me writers. I was a reader long before I was a writer so I go there wearing two hats and hope to come away with new authors to read. Which I did.
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Loved this report, Nicola. One day I am going to get to an RW+NA conference. I love going to romance conferences, mainly to catch up with friends I only see once a year, to be stimulated by the workshops -- and when possible, to meet readers. I loved your report and particularly the links to other people's reports of various workshops and talks. Thanks so much.
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Oh, Betty -- I so resemble your comment! A good-but-blunt friend of mine once told me that my house would be really neat, if it wasn't for all the books and papers everywhere. To which I would add, and the beads...
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Ah, Yvonne -- there's gold in them thar hills! :) Or at least in the view -- so lovely to have a view to inspire the muse. But I'm guessing it's pretty cold there at the moment. It's chilly enough in Melbourne.
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Denise, congratulations! You have been selected to win the Kate Forsyth book. Please email either me (Anne Gracie) or Melissa (our blog coordinator) with a postal address and also the choice of which of Kate's books you'd like — Bitter Greens or The Wild Girl. Thanks for visiting the Word Wench blog, and adding to the conversation Anne Gracie
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Thanks, Dee.
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Thanks, Malvina -- you hit the nail on the head there.
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Thanks, Beth.
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ML, it's a favorite of mine, too -- in fact every time I forget to put a pinch of salt in my morning porridge (oatmeal) I think of that story. Thanks for mentioning it.
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Thanks, Reina -- yes I glommed the Robin McKinley books a couple of years ago. Have you tried Juliet Marillier? Wonderful writer who does gorgeous fairytale stories with a romance at the heart of every one. I haven't heard of Donna Jo Napoli -- thanks for the recommendation.
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You're not alone there, Jane -- several people have mentioning it. Juliet Marillier wrote a wonderful version of that story -- WildWood Dancing -- though not 12 princesses but five. http://www.amazon.com/Wildwood-Dancing-Juliet-Marillier/dp/0375844740/wordwench-20 And it has a sequel, which I love too.
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Thanks, Nikki -- Oh, the poor little Match Girl, I ached for her as a child, so much -- and still occasionally do. I still want to save her :)
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It's a classic, isn't it Lil Miss Molly?
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Annette, it sounds like a lovely writing retreat, doesn't it? And Kate does it every year -- the details are probably on her website. The Ugly Duckling is a favorite story of mine — and lots of other romance writers and readers, as well. I think the stories that resonate in that way and also have a happy ending have so much to teach children. And remind adults.
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Good point, Crystal -- there's a difference between folk tales and fairy tales I guess, though I'm not sure what the difference is exactly. I also loved both of those stories you mentioned -- both about the triumph of common sense over pretension and "spin" -- and both, I think as relevant today as ever.
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I haven't seen the Zelinsky story — but I do love the many variations on those classic fairytale themes. I'm pretty fond of a Cinderella story, though I always want to twist the tale. A few of my own stories have had a Cinderella element though -- I think there's a universal appeal in the rags-to-riches story. Thanks Annabel.
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Thanks, Laura -- yes, Kate shows us a very different aspect/interpretation of those stories.
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Thanks, Minna -- you're in the draw.
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Yes, one of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, isn't it? My favorite of those was Chauntecleer and Pertelote. Been a while since I've read them, though. Thanks Janice.
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Yes, I know -- I saw the Saving Mr Banks/Mary Poppins movie, and wondered about the Travis character they portrayed. Having never read the books as a kid, I bought some of them. They were about a sharp, slightly dark and unpredictable Mary Poppins -- nothing like the Disney version -- and I had some sympathy for the writer.
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Thanks, Cynthia.
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Sue, I'd never heard of The King of the Peacocks -- I looked it up. For others here's the link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Rosette Another wonderful tale, full of rotten parents and evil nurses and Kings who were pretty free with the threats of execution. What sort of a husband would he have made, I wonder?
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Claire, yes, I had the grim (in all senses) stories, too, and Hansel and Gretel were very clever and resourceful, and when walking through the woods I often thing of small white pebbles. But I always used to fret about what they would be going home to. Baaad parents!
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Wonderful comments — yes, I went on a glom of Robin McKinley's retelling of various fairytales, and I loved Eloisa's "House" beast, too. I think Beauty and the Beast is one of my faves, too -- it's one of the stories where the girl gets into trouble because of her father, but she makes the real choice herself, and I always felt there was real love there. I had a Beauty and the Beast story planned for one of my hero's little sisters -- (Dory in Perfect Waltz) but have never got around to writing it.
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I'd forgotten the Twelve Dancing Princesses until it was mentioned here, Claire. I looked it up and remembered it then. Another beautiful tale, but also a sad one for the eldest princess. I didn't like so many of the stories where girls who just wanted to have fun were "bad" -- and I always hated how princesses had to marry whoever their father said -- an old soldier, a beggar, an apprentice, a prince. No wonder I became a romance writer and let girls choose for themselves.
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