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. The Blue Sword
was a Newbery Honor book and The Hero and the Crown
won a Newbery Medal
She has written several novels retelling folk tales, including Robin Hood
(The Outlaws of Sherwood
), "Sleeping Beauty
" (Spindle's End
), and two different retellings of "Beauty and the Beast
" written 20 years apart (Beauty
and Rose Daughter
Works by Robin McKinley with their own trope page include:
Robin McKinley's other works provide examples of:
- 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.
- Author Appeal: May-December Romance.
- 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.
- Cool Horse - ALL of them, but pegasi especially.
- Death by Childbirth: Several instances, including Beauty and "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" in The Door in the Hedge.
- Discreet Drink Disposal: "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" .
- Easing Into the Adventure: Common in her works. The Blue Sword, for example, begins with Harry's efforts at adjusting to life on the desert frontier of the Homelander Empire.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: In short story, "Hellhound".
- Goo Goo Godlike: "Baby Magic" in Spindle's End.
- Gratuitous Japanese: Shadows. Good god, Shadows.
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: Played straight with Shadows, but generally averted. Many of her female characters are teenagers/young adults, but the idea of romance is usually an afterthought.
- Insistent Terminology: Pegasus is NOT a trilogy, it's one book in three volumes.
- May-December Romance: A common element; see Author Appeal.
- Mayfly-December Romance: Sunshine, sort of. See also The Hero and the Crown.
- Morton's Fork: Chalice.
- Never Was This Universe: Sunshine, Dragonhaven, and Shadows.
- New Sound Album: Shadows trades McKinley's poetic, lyrical writing style for a more teenager-y first person tone filled with Gratuitous Japanese.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Dragonhaven.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: 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
- Slipping a Mickey: "The Twelve Dancing Princesses".
- Something about a Rose: Beauty and Rose Daughter, inevitably.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Spindle's End.
- Twice Told Tale: A large number of her works—see individual pages for specifics.
- When She Smiles: Appears in one of the short stories in Water: Tales of the Elemental Spirits.
- Wife Husbandry: "Touk's House" in A Knot in the Grain. A couple of the other May December Romances scattered around her works may also count.
- Wizards Live Longer: Various works, including Sunshine and Luthe in The Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword.