Thanks to everyone who blogged, read, watched, enjoyed, and otherwise contributed to this inaugural Fae Awareness Month! Nice start to the summer, huh? Let’s be sure and do it again next year. Don’t forget to leave your suggestions in the Toby Daye Contest Post, and you could win some cool fae books for being so kind as to help your fellow humans. (Also, us here at FAM. But that’s a given.)
June flew by, and I don’t know about you all, but there are a few posts I’d like to revisit and delve into a little more deeply. So much goodness in so few months — yes, we definitely need a recap by category, don’t we? So here’s your trusty Fae Awareness Post Index, and I hope it proves useful. At the very least, it might inspire something for your contest suggestion, right?
Fae Awareness Blog Posts: 2011
Sam Kelly’s ongoing re-read of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. When I think fae, I think of this book. How about you?
Sam also brought us an in-depth examination of Shakespeare’s fae in our inaugural post: ‘Tis Almost Fairy Time!
Louise Bohmer discussed writing about (and respecting) the fae with her cracking post on Peering into the Fickle Eye of Fae.
Cate Gardner was kind enough to let us reprint her beautiful modern fairy tale, “The Forest of Discarded Hearts”, from her Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits collection.
KV Taylor’s reviews of DC/Vertigo’s Books of Magic (Gaiman, Bolton, Hampton, Vess, Johnson) and spinoff Books of Faerie (Carlton and Gross parts, anyhow) TPB collections bring the fae to the comic world. [Ed note: yeah, that's me, I know.]
Sue Penkivech gave us a rundown of The Fae in American YA — quite a task, but she rose to it and went beyond! (We’re pulling for more of the same next year.)
Alexandra Seidel brought us an indepth look at Goethe’s “Der Erlkönig” and where it fits into Another Beginning: Fae, Death, and the Romantics. A corker!
Orrin Grey delved into Holly Black’s Spiderwick Chronicles, mostly as brought to the bigscreen, but also in general. We need to cover this one next year, yes?
D.S. Stephen compared Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess’s Stardust to the movie of the same name, with hilarious results.
KV Taylor reviewed the weird and wonderful Russo-Finnish epic, Jack Frost.
Mark Deniz gave nostalgia a talking to in his insightful look at The Dark Crystal.
Michelle Davidson Argyle proved that 80s cinema is a powerful modern force with her review of Legend and its influence.
Anita Howard brought us a deeper look at Labyrinth — and at what attracts us humans to the fae, no matter how aware we are of the danger.
Lisa Kessler tackled the reinvention of Tinkerbell, and defended fairy magic in general, in Disney’s wild adventure, Hook.
N.K. Kingston wove her knowledge of selkie myths into a thoughtful review of The Secret of Roan Inish and Ondine.
Sam Kelly kicked off our solstice party with Peter Hall’s delightful adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a great companion to his Shakespearean fae post earlier in the month.
Carrie Cuinn speaks of love and music and boys in her look at Were the World Mine. Who can resist?
Carole Lanham went after something beautiful and freaky when she broke down Snow White: A Tale of Terror for us.
Sue Penkivech pronounced The Brothers Grimm a story worthy of the Grimms themselves. Check it out and see why.
Meghan Brunner reminded us what it looks like when our world and the fae connect in her review of the haunting Pan’s Labyrinth.
D.S. Stephen’s review of the Stardust movie should go here, too, for the sake of completion! (Plus, it’s just that funny.)
And for bonus films, Orrin Grey’s review of The Spiderwick Chronicles deserves another mention here, and we also got Alexandra Seidel to give us a preview of Karasu. Definite ringers for Fae Awareness 2012, wouldn’t you say?
Alexandra Seidel’s rundown of several Japanese fae creatures and/or demons — complete with pretty pictures — in Fae From Afar and… Cucumbers?
Mark Deniz brought us, that’s right, gamer culture! He explored the nuances of the fabulous Beware the Fae (or at least the Quickling).
Jen St. Louis carried us over the Atlantic for a first-hand account of Iceland: land of fire, ice, and hidden people. Also, and I can’t say this enough: Elf Sex.
Meghan Brunner finished the month out with her very important PSA: A Final Word of Caution (aka Play Nice and Don’t Piss Them Off).
Which, as you will have noted, was quite the point of our little awareness drive! We’ll see you next year — with bells on. Or, if Alexa Seidel has her way, buttons. (Hint: she will probably have her way. And you could have yours, too! Enter! Win! Yay!)
And you know what July is, right? Here’s a hint: it bites even harder than a pissed off fairy.