Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Read - Maleficent
adapted by Elizabeth Rudnick
'Maleficent was a different sort of faerie. FOr one thing, she was raised by all the Fair Folk after her parents were killed. For another, she believed there had to be some good in everyone, even humans. Happy and spirited, Maleficent was beloved by all who knew her. That is, until she experienced the ultimate betrayal by a trusted friend.
Enraged and embarking on a quest for vengeance, Maleficent must forge her own path in the world to make sense of it all. And while she learns to harness her great powers, the forces against her only grow stronger. The question is, who really is the evil one in this fairy tale?'
Ok, I am admitting right off that bat that I am not familiar with details of most Disney stories or fairy tales. I didn't even know who Maleficent was when I bought this book. When I looked it up and saw she was from the Sleeping Beauty story I was like 'Oh yeah, sleeping girl, kiss from a prince, yadda yadda,' but really didn't know details. So I read this book with quite an open mind. The ending caught me by surprise though. While it was quite touching, I was thinking 'Is that really how it goes?' So in preparing to write this post I did a bit of Google research and found that no, that is definitely not how the story traditionally goes! I read a Wiki summary of the Disney movie version and found that pretty much everything in this new version is different. Without having seen either one, I'm not sure how I feel about this.
But this post is about the book only.
This was almost a total 'cover buy' for me when I saw the book on the shelf. It is a hard cover book but is slightly smaller in size, measuring only about 6x7 inches. It's all black, even the edges of the pages, the chapter divider pages. It seems like an evil little spellbook, which is probably what sucked me in.
Even though it is 259 pages, it is a very quick read. I would say it's like a middle grade level. It's quick paced, keeping to the point at all times. Sometimes it moved too fast, like you would want more time spent on something or more detail, but for kids it is probably the perfect pace. I did like Maleficent in this. Her struggle with good and evil was quite touching. I wish more time could have been spent on that, but again, to keep it a quick and easy read for younger crowds, I can see why it wasn't delved into more. I am curious to see if it comes across in the movie.
I don't know what else to say about this book without getting into spoilers. Even if you feel there couldn't be spoilers because you know the classic Disney story, you're wrong because like I said, this version appears to be verrrrrry different. So I will just say that I quite enjoyed this quick little read, and was probably able to enjoy it because I'm *not* familiar with the classic version of this story.
Are you familiar with Disney's classic Sleeping Beauty? Are you familiar with this new version? What do you think of either one? I'm curious.