Robin [=McKinley=] is an American fantasy author, whose works often have active female heroes.

She has written two novels and a number of short stories in the world of Damar. ''Literature/TheBlueSword'' was a Newbery Honor book and ''The Hero and the Crown'' won a NewberyMedal.

She has written several novels retelling folk tales, including RobinHood (''Literature/TheOutlawsOfSherwood''), "Literature/SleepingBeauty" (''Spindle's End''), "Literature/{{Donkeyskin}}" (''{{Literature/Deerskin}}''), and two different retellings of "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast" written 20 years apart (''Literature/{{Beauty|ARetellingOfBeautyAndTheBeast}}'' and ''Literature/RoseDaughter'').
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!!Works by [=Robin McKinley=] with their own trope page include:

* ''Literature/BeautyARetellingOfBeautyAndTheBeast''
* ''Literature/TheBlueSword'' (including prequels ''The Hero and the Crown'' and ''A Pool in the Desert'')
* ''Literature/{{Deerskin}}''
* ''Literature/TheOutlawsOfSherwood''
* ''Literature/RoseDaughter''
* ''Literature/{{Sunshine}}''
* ''Literature/{{Chalice}}''

!!Robin [=McKinley=]'s other works provide examples of:
* [[AllGirlsLikePonies All Girls Like Ponies (and/or dogs or dragons)]] - almost all of her protagonists (even the one boy) have a horse, dog, or exotic animal as a best friend.
* AuthorAppeal: MayDecemberRomance.
* {{Bond Creatures}}: ''Pegasus'' - For the human Royal family and the pegasus Royal family, each pegasus and each human have ''each other'' as a bond creature.
* [[CoolHorse Cool Horse]] - ALL of them, but pegasi especially.
* DeathByChildbirth: Several instances, including ''Literature/{{Beauty|ARetellingOfBeautyAndTheBeast}}'' and "Literature/TheTwelveDancingPrincesses" in ''The Door in the Hedge''.
* DiscreetDrinkDisposal: "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" .
* EasingIntoTheAdventure: Common in her works. ''Literature/TheBlueSword,'' for example, begins with Harry's efforts at adjusting to life on the desert frontier of the Homelander Empire.
* EvilDetectingDog: In short story, "Hellhound".
* GooGooGodlike: "Baby Magic" in ''Spindle's End''.
* GratuitousJapanese: ''Shadows''. Good god, ''Shadows''.
* HormoneAddledTeenager: Played straight with ''[[NewSoundAlbum Shadows]]'', but generally averted. Many of her female characters are teenagers/young adults, but the idea of romance is usually an afterthought.
* InsistentTerminology: ''Pegasus'' is NOT a trilogy, it's one book in three volumes.
* MayDecemberRomance: A common element; see AuthorAppeal.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: ''Sunshine'', sort of. See also ''The Hero and the Crown''.
* MortonsFork: ''Chalice''.
* NeverWasThisUniverse: ''Sunshine'', ''Dragonhaven'', and ''Shadows''.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Shadows'' trades [=McKinley=]'s poetic, lyrical writing style for a more teenager-y first person tone filled with GratuitousJapanese.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: ''Dragonhaven''.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: In ''Shadows'', the change is spurred not by the moon, but by extreme stress. Changing back is tricky, but can be brought on by eating a strongly "human" food (like cold oatmeal), or by the touch of someone they have a strong connection with.
* {{Pegasus}}: ''Pegasus''
* SlippingAMickey: "The Twelve Dancing Princesses".
* SomethingAboutARose: ''Literature/{{Beauty|ARetellingOfBeautyAndTheBeast}}'' and ''Rose Daughter'', inevitably.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: ''Spindle's End''.
* TwiceToldTale: A large number of her works--see individual pages for specifics.
* WhenSheSmiles: Appears in one of the short stories in ''Water: Tales of the Elemental Spirits''.
* WifeHusbandry: "Touk's House" in ''A Knot in the Grain''. A couple of the other {{May December Romance}}s scattered around her works may also count.
* WizardsLiveLonger: Various works, including ''Sunshine'' and Luthe in ''The Hero and the Crown'' and ''TheBlueSword''.

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