Literature: Fairytale Novels
The Fairy Tale Novels, a series of books by Regina Doman, take somewhat well-known fairy tales and move the setting to a modern-day setting - let's say New York. The cast: a bunch of Catholic teenagers. In this world, a sleeping spell is a coma, a magical passageway becomes a locked-away staircase that leads out of the house, the seven dwarves are replaced by seven quirky Franciscan friars, and so on.
There are currently six books in the series: The Shadow of the Bear
, Black as Night
, Waking Rose
, The Midnight Dancers
, Alex O'Donnell and the Forty CyberThieves
, and Rapunzel Let Down
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These books provide examples of:
- Amateur Sleuth: Rose and Blanche, but especially Rose.
- Cool Sword: Alex's various Japanese weapons.
- Damsel in Distress: Usually the girls, but the guys have their moments, too.
- Dance Battler: When Kateri finally does the fan dance in Alex O'Donnell and the Forty Cyberthieves.
- Darker and Edgier: Black as Night. Blanche is on the run after being framed for drug possession and grand theft...
- As of Rapunzel Let Down, which deals with teen pregnancy, illegal immigration, homelessness, prison, kidnapping, and worse, we have a new winner in this category.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Fish in "Waking Rose" is a male example. Rachel Durham from "The Midnight Dancers" also qualifies.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Rose has a theory that no one is really what they seem. Fish is her Prince Charming, her godmother is a fairy, and so on.
- Genius Bruiser: As it turns out, Bear writes poetry.
- Girly Girl: Blanche and Rose, in different ways.
- Goshdang It To Heck: This is Christian fiction. Rose's swear words get pretty bizarre, though. ("Holy candlesticks, sister!")
- Katanas Are Just Better: ALEX. He does end up breaking one in a fight, though.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: The Durhams have fourteen kids. The Kovachs have plenty, too.
- Meaningful Name: Rose (has red hair, a fiery spirit, and is named for the fairy tale character Rose Red); Blanche (means white, is quiet and gentle, and named after both Snow Whites); Brier, their surname, means Rose. So their names mean Rose Red ('rose' is a shade of red and pink) and Rose White (in some variations of the story, Snow White's name is changed to this).
- Bear points Blanche's name out to her and jokingly calls her Snow White.
- Bear is named for being brawny and protective of his younger brother, Fish, who is named for managing to slip out of bad situations. However, there proper names are Arthur and Benedict (Fish's other nickname is Ben).
- It gets better. The name Arthur means Bear.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Paul from "The Midnight Dancers" is a ninja clown! Who also plays the flute!
- Number of the Beast: The villain's keypad code in "The Shadow of the Bear."
- Prince Charming: Bear and Fish play this in different books for each of their love interests. Paul is also seen as this trope by a somewhat jealous Fish in "Waking Rose".
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Rose and Blanche.
- Twice Told Tale: All of the books.