Literature: The Sisters Grimm
The Sisters Grimm
is a series of fantasy mystery books by Michael Buckley. They're basically about one big old Fractured Fairy Tale
, where the main protagonist, Sabrina Grimm, must solve crimes that happen in the small town of Ferryport Landing. Ferryport Landing is your everyday, run-of-the-mill town where nothing is what it seems and fairytale creatures, called Everafters, roam the streets. Sometimes, mass destruction follows them, and somehow, none of the humans notice the going-ons. Although, the forgetful dust does make humans forget what happened
.The series is on-going. As of this writing, all the books, in order, are:
- The Fairytale Detectives
- The Unusual Suspects
- The Problem Child
- Once Upon a Crime
- Magic and Other Misdemeanors
- Tales from the Hood
- The Everafter War
- The Inside Story
- The Council of Mirrors
The main protagonist, Sabrina Grimm, and her eight-year-old sister, Daphne Grimm, are related to The Brothers Grimm
, you know, the guys who made all of those fairy tales. To make a long story short, the girls' parents disappear mysteriously. The girls skip around foster homes, which ensures the fact that Sabrina will be The Snark Knight
. They go to live with a grandmother they didn't know they had. Sabrina meets the bane of her existence in the form of Puck, a four-thousand-year-old fairy prince turned king. They have to defeat the Ultimate Evil
by solving a series of mysteries that eventually lead up to a war with the Scarlet Hand, an evil group of Everafters.
Almost always, Puck is there to save the day, except it is Sabrina who solves most of the mysteries, by coincidence or logical reasoning.
Tropes in The Sisters Grimm:
- Academy of Adventure: In book two, Sabrina, Daphne, and Puck are enrolled in Ferryport Landing Elementary. The children were practically zombie slaves, the teachers were evil, the school's guidance councilor tried to kill everybody, and the principal turned out to be the Pied Piper and was controlling the human students.
- Accidental Misnaming: Puck and Mayor Charming have a problem with names. Ms. Smirt never refers to the sisters by their proper names.
- Action Girl: Nearly all the women in the book.
- Aerith and Bob: Baba Yaga and Jacob Grimm is just one example.
- The Alleged Car: The Grimm family's beat up old car is so loud, you cannot have a single conversation inside it.
"Are we close to Faerie yet?"
"Oh, I love chili, but I'm afraid it doesn't love me," Granny shouted back.
"No, not chili! Faerie!" Sabrina cried. "Are we getting closer?"
"Why no, I've never kissed a monkey. What a weird question."
- All Part of the Show: When the Jabberwocky breaks into the school.
- Animorphism: Puck, definitely Puck.
- Artifact of Death: The Vorpal Blade and any other magical item.
- Ax-Crazy: Little Red Riding Hood, anybody?
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Sabrina and Puck having that conversation after Oberon's funeral.
- Badass Family: The Grimms all fight crimes, sometimes against creatures that could possibly eat them. Definitely badass.
- Bad Future: Yes it was. Fortunately, the heroes were able to change it.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Puck and Sabrina, inasmuch as a couple of twelve year olds can have. They eventually get married.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Daphne.
- Big Bad Friend: Mirror was the Master all along.
- The Big Bad Wolf: Obviously. Except it's actually the spirit of ferocity removed from an ordinary wolf using the North Wind, which can enter people and transform them into the Wolf.
- Big Damn Heroes / The Cavalry: Puck has his moments, although he always tries to pass it off as a Villainous Rescue. So does Prince Charming.
- Big Eater: Daphne and Puck are said to have bottomless stomachs. The only way to wake Daphne up is to tell her breakfast is ready.
- Bloodless Carnage: The future.
- Catch a Falling Star: Puck catches Sabrina at least a million times.
- Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are: In The Queen of Hearts' house.
- Creepy Child / Cute and Psycho: Red, at least until the North Wind blows the madness out of her.
- Cool Old Lady: Granny Relda's been everywhere in the world, even to Mount Everest. If that isn't cool, I don't know what is.
- Cuffs Off, Rub Wrists: Tales From the Hood
- Curse Escape Clause:
- Sabrina turning into a frog. The spell could only be broken by a prince.
- Then there was the giant, robotic witch.
- Sabrina jumping onto a hot-air balloon, off the Empire State Building.
- Deadpan Snarker: It seems like almost everyone in the series is like this, but mostly Sabrina and Puck.
- Deflector Shields: Well, all the Everafters are stuck in Ferryport Landing and they cannot escape...
- Demonic Dummy: The marionettes.
- Department of Child Disservices: To the EXTREME.
- Disney Creatures of the Farce
- Distressed Damsel: Puck is constantly having to save Sabrina's butt.
- Drives Like Crazy: Granny Relda is not allowed, under the law, to be behind the wheels of a car. Sabrina actually goes onto the opposite lane while driving. She couldn't even reach the pedals, so Daphne had to push them. To be fair, she was trying to escape being eaten.
- Dysfunctional Family: Definitely the Grimms.
- Enemy Within: Mr. Canis, aka, The Big Bad Wolf.
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- Face Doodling: One of Puck's many pranks on Sabrina.
- The Fair Folk: Puck and his family.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk.
- Fantasy Gun Control: Apparently, nobody in Ferryport Landing has a gun. Knives, sure, but no guns.
- Faux Death: Veronica and Henry are under a sleeping spell.
- First Girl Wins: Well, Puck did meet Sabrina first, and they do end up together. However, he knew Moth years before he came to Ferryport Landing, and she lost.
- Forgets to Eat: Sabrina is known not to eat, but it's probably because she hates her grandmother's cooking.
- Gasshole: Ew, Puck! Gross!
- Growing Up Sucks: Puck even goes as far as saying that it's a disease, and it's all Sabrina's fault he is growing up. In his defense, it technically is her fault. After falling in love with her, he slowly begins aging so he and Sabrina always appear to be the same age.
- Hero with an F in Good: Defines Puck, and possibly Charming.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Baba Yaga even decorates her front yard with human skulls.
- Improbable Antidote: Ah, so that is how you cure it. Gross!
- It's All About Me: Puck has this in massive amounts.
- The Jester
- Kiss of Life: Sabrina attempts CPR on Puck just when he wakes up, ergo, humiliation on both parts.
- Killed Off for Real: Briar Rose, as well as Harry the mirror guardian, Mr. Seven.
- Knight in Sour Armor
- Knight in Shining Armor
- Last Name Basis: Unless Puck is calling Sabrina ugly.
- Lethal Chef: Well, in Sabrina's point-of-view, Granny Relda's cooking is definitely disgusting and inedible. Granny Relda does make some funky and exotic dishes, but Puck and Daphne both enjoy them.
- Lethal Joke Item: In Tales from the Hood, Sabrina and Puck get the weapon that's been mentioned a few times since the fourth book. It commands the wind, it can blow the insanity out of a person, destroy buildings with a single puff... and it's a kazoo.
- Little Dead Riding Hood: Yeah...
- Love at First Punch
- The Mad Hatter: The real Mad Hatter who was the judge in a court case.
- Magic Wand
- Manipulative Bastard: The Master/Mirror.
- The Mole: Pinocchio.
- My Future Self and Me
- Near Misses: This happens to a lot of people a bunch of times.
- Never Mess with Granny: Granny Relda's middle name should be Badass, especially when she runs into Sabrina's room, uttering a battle cry and carrying a sword, ready to fight off whatever was threatening her granddaughter.
- Never Grew Up: Standard form of immortality for Everafters.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: This happens to Puck when he attempts to save Sabrina from the Jabberwocky after it corners them at a cafe. He has his wings ripped off.
- Nightmare Face: One of the pictures of Little Red Riding Hood in the second book.
- Nonhuman Sidekick: Elvis the dog. All of the family's Everafter friends might also count.
- Nothing but Skulls: Even Baba Yaga's fence is made of skulls.
- Offstage Villainy: Nobody knows who the Master is until the very end of the seventh book.
- Older Than They Look: Puck is a four-thousand years old in a twelve-year-old's body. He's way freaking older than he looks.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Maybe...
- Perfect Poison
- Perfectly Cromulent Word: In every book, Daphne manages to come up with a weird word in a language she calls "Daphne-ish"
- Person of Mass Destruction: Sabrina and Jacob both go power hungry in the third book, and they almost kill all the Everafters in the area.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: The Master of the Scarlet Hand is very much politically incorrect.
- Prince Atticus "Women are property" Charming
- Portal to the Past
- Prince Charmless: Prince Charming, amusingly enough.
- Real Men Eat Meat: Puck did eat a horse for a bet.
- Really 700 Years Old: Most Everafters are literally more than seven hundred years old, and the ones that are not are more than a hundred.
- Screwy Squirrel: The worse prank Puck pulled on Sabrina was when he gathered a group of Pegasi and with diarrhea and they...went... on Sabrina.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Pinocchio.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: They have a lot of work to do.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Puck is a male version.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Sabrina has to tell her mom and dad that Puck is not her boyfriend as they watch him pull a prank on Sabrina.
- Sibling Team: Sabrina and Daphne.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Sabrina and Puck, especially in the last book.
- Squick: Book Two
- Talking Animal: There are a ton of them.
- Teach Me How To Fight: Daphne and Sabrina learn karate from Snow White.
- Testosterone Poisoning: Trying to act like the hero is what got Puck into major trouble with the Jabberwocky.
- Troubled, but Cute: Puck does insist he's a bad guy and it is beneath him to help people.
- True Love's Kiss: Sabrina and Daphne's parents are woken from their enchanted sleep by this; their dad's ex-girlfriend kisses him, and he then kisses his wife awake.
- Puck eats one of the poison apples from Snow White's story, and Sabrina then has to kiss him.
- Weapon of Mass Destruction: The kazoo that controls the wind in Tales From the Hood. Sabrina and Puck had no idea what it was for until Sabrina blew it and it literally blew the bank away.
- Witch Species: The three witches.
- Wham Episode: The end of almost all the books. They are, after all, mystery stories.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Shockingly of all, it comes from Puck.
- You Shall Not Pass: Briar. This act of bravery kills her.