Fairies are having a renaissance, (thankfully not just fairies of the Rainbow Magic variety) so it’s really easy to find books and whatnot that feature them. This is not so much a Top 10 as it is a selection.
Some things to note about lots of fairy books in 2009:
- - It’s faery (or faerie), not fairy. Duh.
- - Faeries can be dangerous and unpredictable, toying with mere mortals in the same way that Titania and Oberon did (poor Bottom and everyone), and Tinker Bell threatened to do on the odd occasion when she was a bit miffed with Peter and life in general.
- - Faeries are into monarchies not republics: no voting here. Faery monarchs don’t like each other much. Grim, really.
- - Not everyone can see faeries; being able to means you’re special, but bad things might happen.
- - Like vampires, faeries are often immortal (but not for reasons of being undead) and may well have lived a long time, but still find teenage girls fascinating (whether or not they can be seen by them).
- - “ “, faeries are mysterious hotties; contrary to what the name might suggest, they’re also buff and often intimidating-looking.
- - Therefore, tangling with faeries may well lead to a supernatural romance.
- - A cool male best friend may feature, but will need to be super tough to survive the faerie onslaught. He probably deserves better.
- I Was a Teenage Fairy, Francesca Lia Block – Fairies get the FLB treatment: Mab features (as in Queen Mab, as in from, for example, Romeo and Juliet).
- Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr – I reviewed this and her other two here (which reminded me that I hadn’t done a fairy list, plus the subject is in keeping with my name, see).
- How to Ditch your Fairy, Justine Larbalestier. Having your own personal fairy seems like a nice idea. I think I’d like a work fairy, as in a fairy that works so that I don’t have to. These fairies seem to be a bit more of the godmother or Tinker Bell variety.
- The 13 Treasures, Michelle Harrison. An old photograph, the mysterious disappearance of a girl, fairies, a disturbing intruder, terrible dangers…
- Wings, Aprilynne Pike – Laurel finds she has a “blossom” growing on her back, which leads to the discovery that she’s a faerie, among other things.
- Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception, Maggie Stiefvater. Deirdre is not only a gifted musician, she’s also been lumped with the gift of seeing faeries, which means she becomes entangled in a faerie war that is as old as the hills.
- Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, Holly Black. This is the first of a few modern faery tales by Holly Black, who also co-wrote the Spiderwick Chronicles books with Tony DiTerlizzi. Here again (although Holly Black got in first, it must be said, being a bit of a YA faerie trailblazer) a teenage girl unwittingly finds herself mixed up in a power struggle between faerie kingdoms.
- The Princess, The Crone, and The Dung-cart Knight, Gerald Morris. The sixth of Gerald Morris’s Arthurian stories, in which Sarah searches for the knight who is responsible for killing her parents. Along the way she meets and befriends a faery. Having said that, reviewers describe this as the grimmest of the stories.
- Peter Pan, J M Barrie – Tinker Bell is noteworthy for many things, including her lack of dialogue and her jealousy of Peter’s attention towards Wendy.
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream (DVD) – this play rescued Shakespeare for me; it’s fab. We’ve got a couple of interpretations of it for your viewing pleasure: the one with Rupert Everett as Oberon and Calista Flockhart as Helena, and a “retold” version set in a holiday park.