August 7, 2012 by Vicki
Sometimes, you just want to cuddle down and read a really good story. You don’t want to have to ponder the mysteries of the universe or the troubles of the world. You just want to read a good story with likeable characters and an enjoyable setting. Mercedes Lackey’s The Fairy Godmother is perfect for this type of reading. It is a retelling of the classic Cinderella story but with a twist; Cinderella becomes a Fairy Godmother herself.
The main character, Elena, is perfectly loveable and believable. Her joy at the evil stepmother’s departure is the joy of the freed not of the vengeful. She seeks only to find a comfortable place for herself where people are kind. She, at first, believes herself to be dreaming when she is chosen to be the Fairy Godmother’s apprentice. Her reactions when she realizes that she is awake endear her to the reader even more.
After reading Women Who Run with the Wolves, I can’t help wondering what the retelling of stories means for women everywhere. Obviously, women writers attempt to reclaim stories, which have been turned against us by the patriarchy, to give more substance and power to the women within the story. In The Fairy Godmother, for example, we have a Cinderella who saves herself through learning and dedication. From the ashes of the hearth, she raises herself to Fairy Godmother of several realms. Granted she has a lot of help from her mentor and an assortment of loving Brownies. Still, it is far cry from the Cinderella who can only be rescued from the hearth by her Prince Charming.
I loved reading Mercedes Lackey’s The Fairy Godmother and welcomed the respite a good read can provide. Tales and stories exist to caution, but also to give comfort to those who need to believe that with hard work and determination anyone can reach the stars. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have. What is your favourite brain candy author? Mercedes Lackey is my usual choice.