It's time for Whatcha Thinking Thursday, hosted by me! Here's how it works. Each Thursday I'll simply blog about something book related that's weighing on my mind. Feel free to comment away if you agree or disagree (just keep it clean, okay?), or if you want to post to your site either on the same topic or about whatever it is you're thinking about go right ahead. I just ask that you link back to here. Also, make sure you let me know in the comments if you've participated so we can find you!
This week I'm thinking about Fairy Tales...
I've read quite a few books that deal with, or have faeries in them lately. From the Sookie Stackhouse books to Aprilynne Pike's Wings and Spells, Lesley Livingston's Wonderous Strange and Darklight to Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series and most recently Kiersten White's Paranormalcy. Each book is so different, but they all work within the greater Fey canon. Something you don't see as much with other paranormal mythology. Meaning, there is always a Winter Court and Summer Court, the Seelie and the Unseelie, a Titania, Oberon, Mahb and Puck. Those charecteristics are the same, and each authors story fits into the greater fairy world somehow.
I love this because even though each book has it's own flavor, I sometimes feel like they are all somehow connected. For instance, is Robbie in the Iron Fey series the same Robin from Wonderous Strange- one person bouncing back and forth to protect Meghan and Kelley. Speaking of Meghan and Kelley, both are part fey and children of Oberon, which would make them half sisters. Both enter the fey world for one reason or another. Is it so far out of the realm of possibility that they would somehow, someday cross paths? Could Prince Ash turn up in Laurel's Avalon?
this is not something I think about with other charecters- I never feel like the weres in Sookie's Bon Temps are related to the weres in Paranormalcy, or the Vamps from Twilight being connected to those from Cassie Clare's Mortal Instruments series, because there are no common threads charecter rise. With Fae though, with Oberon and Titania and Puck turning up across the board, I feel that connection and like to imagine how the charecters from each book might cross paths and what would happen if they did!
How about you? Do you read books that deal with Fae? Do you think about how theya ll work within a common world with common charecters?