Sunday, December 8, 2019

Nameless in the Winged Court, by Rowenna Miller


(Fairy Tale Pastiche) A tiny young girl finds that marriage to the tiny king of the flowers isn’t everything she’d hoped it would be. (4,207 words; Time: 14m)

Note: This story picks up the tale of Thumbelina, so if you haven’t read the fairy tale yet, you probably should before reading this story (or at least read a synopsis.)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 292, published on .

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Review: 2019.676 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The story is fine, as far as it goes. Mayja/Floret (Thumbelina) finds she doesn’t fit into the court, and she feels used, not loved by the king. All the others are tame flowers, but she’s really a wild flower and won’t ever be happy until she’s out of the garden and back in the wilds.

Con: The message in the original Thumbelina seems to be that you can only be happy when you’re around people like yourself. I’m not sure what the message of this story is.

It’s a small thing, but in the fairy tale, the wings come from a large silver fly, not a moth. I suspect the change is because it’s hard to have much sympathy for a fly.

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