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This movie is told with the air of a classic fairy tale, not the watered down versions we give our children today but the real ones with fangs and claws. There is an atmosphere of danger and suspense that constantly surrounds the girl, Ophelia and in response to that there is a persistent arousal of hope, or fantasy. Ophelia’s environment is not ideal. She is in some camp under the jurisdiction of a heartless man who has married her mother and who only cares about producing an heir. Everything around her is militaristic and hard and cold, and yet she continuously bumps into this other world of wonder and mystery, of fairies and fauns and the like. It’s like the metaphor of the flower that grows out of concrete. finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.
It’s debatable whether she is actually interacting with this other world and that it exists, or if she’s creating this world to escape her less than ideal reality. I suppose your answer would come from what kind of person you are and how you perceive the world. I enjoy the experience of believing it is real with a constant skeptic in the back of my mind nay saying everything the believer says, so I guess my view would change depending on what day you chanced upon asking me. The bottom line is that story is very well put together and whether or not you believe the world the girl is interacting with to be real, you’ll enjoy it either way.

Here’s the film’s website http://www.panslabyrinth.com/

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Josephine Wall

I’m pretty sure many people may be able to recognize Wall without actually knowing who she is. I’ve seen her work on various websites, on cards in various stores, etc. So there’s a good chance that people who aren’t usually into fantasy art have already seen something.

This is one I see most often

here are some others

Those are only a few examples but you can check out her website http://www.josephinewall.co.uk/art_gallery.html

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Fairy Dust

Want your own fairy dust to apply at will? Well lucky for you efairies.com has a few products that might spark your interest.

http://www.efairies.com/clothing_costumes_fairydust.htm

For the younger girl in your life http://store.fairydust.com/glitter.html might be a better bet as it’s packaged in a more youthful way.

And for those who want a DIY version http://www.educatall.com/page/250/Fairy-Dust.html has a reasonably cost-effective recipe.

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This was a really good book. I picked it up on a whim having heard good things about it, and it lived up to its expectations. I was kind of hesitant to get into it because it’s about some street tough girl who has a run in with faeries, and I suppose there is a huge potential for this story line to destroy itself with cheesiness. But I was pleasantly surprised at how well it was put together.

Imogene’s a bitingly clever, strong, mature heroine. The book starts with her family moving to a new town and her attending a new school. She was with a rough crowd in her old town and was raised by hippie parents who gave her space to live her life, so as a result she’s seen enough of the world to be comfortable with who she is when we meet her and has a kind of inner calm, not getting too caught up with the appearance of things, like social status. So she befriends a solitary girl named Maxine.

I really enjoyed the beginning of the book, it was full of adventurous energy and I wouldn’t have minded if it continued on without any supernatural interference. But she meets a ghost who unintentionally brings her to the attention of some unfriendly faeries. Even though faeries are introduced to the story, the mood doesn’t go all whimsical and light-spirited. This is a great dark faerie tale for teens.

Imogene tackles all of her problems by herself, which I found refreshing. She didn’t go running to her boyfriend or family or friends for help, though she recognizes that they are there for her and her friends don’t let her go into trouble by herself, she doesn’t cling to them and finds strength within herself. I’ve read many stories trying to achieve this character or this mood and they always fall short of success. This is one of the few teen books I would recommend to someone without commenting on what I found unsuccessful about it. It was just really well written. I recommend.

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This story ran pretty smoothly and wasn’t at all a difficult read. It’s about a shy girl who can see fairies but is told by her grandmother to ignore them or face the consequences. Then one day the fairies start singling her out as if she were someone for them to take note of and one even comes to her school to try to get closer to her. She decides to confront them and finds out that she’s been selected as a candidate to break a curse.

She has a guy that she likes, Seth, and a romance develops between the two. Though I liked the character of Seth (he seemed like a really easy going guy, with lots of peircings) I found his immediate acceptance of the situation to be somewhat unbelievable. If there had been more hesitation at what she was saying in the beginning and then the unquestioning faith I think it would’ve been more believable, but the relationship between the two was a good one. He was a steady guy and was always very supportive of her. A healthy, ‘modern’ relationship that’s good for teens to expose themselves to.

The story in itself had the feel of a faery tale… meaning a tale about faeries. It was almost reminiscent of Melling’s Fairy Chronicles in the way in which the two went about trying to protect themselves for the fae. The story had life and emotion, overall a decent read.

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Wendy Froud

Wendy Froud is an artist who focuses on making dolls and puppets. Her most well known piece would probably be Yoda from The Empire Strikes Back, but she has also done work in the films Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.

A few books of hers are A Midsummer’s Night Faery Tale, The Faeries of Spring Cottage, and The Winter Child

This is her profile on the Froud’s website http://www.worldoffroud.com/www/about/bios/wendy.cfm

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http://www.faemagazine.com/

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