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TF Carthick's More Unfairy Tales


Title: More Unfairy Tales
(Carthick's Unfairy Tales Book 2)

Author: T.F. Carthick

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My Review

Fairy tales - stories that we have heard, read and watched various versions of, over the years. Some toned down to cater to the young readers, others giving a more feminist angle to them, some overplaying the romance angle, others putting some practical sense into the characters while maintaining the romance though. The list can go on and on.
What is special about TF Carthick's More Unfairy Tales is that they are narrated by the 'insignificant' characters of the fairy tales. So it's not all goodie-good stuff, sugar-coated for consumption. The 'unfairy' version of these fairy tales have depth.

My personal favourite from this collection is Snow White's famed fable with the dwarves as narrators. Not only is does it make for an interesting read, it is also a study in the behaviour of different people. After all, the dwarves are named Encyclopedius, Pessimius, Introvertus, and more, with each one pitching in with what they can do best. And then overcoming their shortcomings too.

The point is that as you read between the lines, you hear the voice of the underdog and you know you have been learnt things without any preaching. And then there is profound philosophy thrown in. The last is what I enjoyed the most.

This is elves trying to understand the complicated ways of humans:
"Well, that is how humans are. Ownership is more important to them than creation. They even have this principle that possession is nine-tenths of the law."

Why do we read fairy tales? What is the fascination we have with them? Questions that have been asked often. Through Unfairy Tales, I realised that I like the scope for discovering more from the same oft-repeated story.  

Once you see things from the viewpoint of Carthick's characters, you won't be able to unsee it. It gives a whole new meaning to putting yourself in another person's shoes and feeling the emotions of the ones in the background.

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About the author


T F Carthick is a Bangalore-based writer and blogger who has been blogging since 2008. His paranormal thriller ‘Bellary’ was one of the three stories in the book Sirens Spell Danger, published in 2013. Six of his stories have featured in multi-author anthologies and literary magazines. He has written over 50 short stories, many of which can be read for free on www.karthikl.com.

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