As you can tell from yesterday’s entry, there has been a whole lot of snow in the bombshell area. Everyone has sort of been closed in and with nothing much to do. We’re tried reading and staying in tune with the happenings of our friends on the internet. However, the common complaint has been that it’s cold and there’s snow.
Seems many do not like the snow.
But, as I mentioned on Thursday, I was pondering reading a new book: Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
Given my rather indifferent feelings towards the previous novel I had read from Maguire, I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect from this one. As evidenced by the title, it is a story told from the point of view of the rather infamous set of stepsisters of fairytales. Though the stepmother of Cinderella is usually painted as the wicked one, the stepdaughters can sometimes be shown with a more benevolent light. They are not as pretty as Cinderella is but they also fear their mother and feel they must obey her rulings.
What I like about this story is that it is not portrayed in the usual fairytale light. There is no magic and the characters contained within the pages are very real. Their stories and plight could well have been those of people of similar stations and location as when this story is set. Taken out of the usual French countryside, this ugly stepsister confession is actually based in Holland. Something rather unusual and rather delightful to see something different edging all their motives.
Perhaps I like this tale more because there is a more romantic edge.
Or perhaps that the story is coming from the least likely of the stepsisters given the way it unfolds from the supposed present to the past of the character. The book makes me wonder if maybe I should not misjudge Maguire’s style and not read his other works due to the perspective he chose to take when it came to writing Wicked.