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May 21 2017

Fairy Tales, Gently Fractured

chriscolfernews:

You don’t have to own a knitted pink cap or the collected works of Roxane Gay to find the sexual politics of fairy tales troubling. Among the lessons fairy tales impart:

Upward mobility is possible — if you’re a ravishing beauty (“Cinderella”). Women don’t need to talk — or breathe, really — as long as they are physically attractive (“Snow White”). Abducting women is a viable path to romance (“Beauty and the Beast”). The nonconsensual kissing of coma victims is a great way to meet your mate (“Sleeping Beauty”).

Pretty retrograde, even in the post-Hillary era. Which is why recent retellings and mash-ups of fairy tales tend to give the Grimm brothers universe a feminist makeover, or at least a feminist sheen.

[…] “Frogkisser!” comes several years after the actor Chris Colfer started to publish his own fairy-tale-inspired books with a girl-power twist. Colfer’s series the Land of Stories follows a pair of 12-year-old twins who are magically sucked into a book of fairy tales. (My kids and I are on Vol. 3 of six of the hardcovers.) In Colfer’s books, damsels are rarely in distress. Goldilocks, for instance, is a sword-wielding warrior and Sleeping Beauty hasn’t slept in years because she’s working tirelessly to reform her kingdom.

Colfer’s new audiobook, “The Land of Stories: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales,” is related to the series, but also a departure. It doesn’t feature the adventuring twins, but instead is a straightforward collection of fairy tales. Twenty-five stories from the Grimm brothers, Hans Christian Andersen and others, are retold and tidied up a bit by Colfer.

I recommend it for three reasons. First, Colfer — an actor most famous for playing a countertenor teenager on “Glee” — is a wizard at voices. In “Henny Penny,” he gives distinct, birdlike cadences to a duck, a goose, hen, rooster and a turkey. His yawn from Goldilocks was convincing enough to make me yawn in the driver’s seat.

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May 20 2017

May 19 2017

You don’t have to own a knitted pink cap or the collected works of Roxane Gay to find the sexual politics of fairy tales troubling. Among the lessons fairy tales impart:

Upward mobility is possible — if you’re a ravishing beauty (“Cinderella”). Women don’t need to talk — or breathe, really — as long as they are physically attractive (“Snow White”). Abducting women is a viable path to romance (“Beauty and the Beast”). The nonconsensual kissing of coma victims is a great way to meet your mate (“Sleeping Beauty”).

Pretty retrograde, even in the post-Hillary era. Which is why recent retellings and mash-ups of fairy tales tend to give the Grimm brothers universe a feminist makeover, or at least a feminist sheen.
[…] “Frogkisser!” comes several years after the actor Chris Colfer started to publish his own fairy-tale-inspired books with a girl-power twist. Colfer’s series the Land of Stories follows a pair of 12-year-old twins who are magically sucked into a book of fairy tales…In Colfer’s books, damsels are rarely in distress. Goldilocks, for instance, is a sword-wielding warrior and Sleeping Beauty hasn’t slept in years because she’s working tirelessly to reform her kingdom.

Fairy Tales, Gently Fractured By A.J. JACOBS MAY 19, 2017 New York Times Book Review https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/19/books/review/frogkisser-garth-nix-the-land-of-stories-chris-colfer.html?smid=tw-share  

Fairy Tales, Gently Fractured

chriscolfernews:

You don’t have to own a knitted pink cap or the collected works of Roxane Gay to find the sexual politics of fairy tales troubling. Among the lessons fairy tales impart:

Upward mobility is possible — if you’re a ravishing beauty (“Cinderella”). Women don’t need to talk — or breathe, really — as long as they are physically attractive (“Snow White”). Abducting women is a viable path to romance (“Beauty and the Beast”). The nonconsensual kissing of coma victims is a great way to meet your mate (“Sleeping Beauty”).

Pretty retrograde, even in the post-Hillary era. Which is why recent retellings and mash-ups of fairy tales tend to give the Grimm brothers universe a feminist makeover, or at least a feminist sheen.

[…] “Frogkisser!” comes several years after the actor Chris Colfer started to publish his own fairy-tale-inspired books with a girl-power twist. Colfer’s series the Land of Stories follows a pair of 12-year-old twins who are magically sucked into a book of fairy tales. (My kids and I are on Vol. 3 of six of the hardcovers.) In Colfer’s books, damsels are rarely in distress. Goldilocks, for instance, is a sword-wielding warrior and Sleeping Beauty hasn’t slept in years because she’s working tirelessly to reform her kingdom.

Colfer’s new audiobook, “The Land of Stories: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales,” is related to the series, but also a departure. It doesn’t feature the adventuring twins, but instead is a straightforward collection of fairy tales. Twenty-five stories from the Grimm brothers, Hans Christian Andersen and others, are retold and tidied up a bit by Colfer.

I recommend it for three reasons. First, Colfer — an actor most famous for playing a countertenor teenager on “Glee” — is a wizard at voices. In “Henny Penny,” he gives distinct, birdlike cadences to a duck, a goose, hen, rooster and a turkey. His yawn from Goldilocks was convincing enough to make me yawn in the driver’s seat.

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Fairy Tales, Gently Fractured

New York Times Book Review 

The Land Of Stories; A Treasury Of Classic Fairy Tales 

(Audiobook)

“Frogkisser!” comes several years after the actor Chris Colfer started to publish his own fairy­ tale ­inspired books with a girl power twist. Colfer’s series the Land of Stories follows a pair of 12 ­year ­old twins who are magically sucked into a book of fairy tales. (My kids and I are on Vol. 3 of six of the hardcovers.) In Colfer’s books, damsels are rarely in distress. Goldilocks, for instance, is a swordwielding warrior and Sleeping Beauty hasn’t slept in years because she’s working tirelessly to reform her kingdom. 

Colfer’s new audiobook, “The Land of Stories: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales,” is related to the series, but also a departure. It doesn’t feature the adventuring twins, but instead is a straightforward collection of fairy tales. Twenty ­five stories from the Grimm brothers, Hans Christian Andersen and others, are retold and tidied up a bit by Colfer. 

I recommend it for three reasons. First, Colfer — an actor most famous for playing a countertenor teenager on “Glee” — is a wizard at voices. In “Henny Penny,” he gives distinct, birdlike cadences to a duck, a goose, hen, rooster and a turkey. His yawn from Goldilocks was convincing enough to make me yawn in the driver’s seat. 

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chriscolferarts:

“Brian just approved the final #TLOS6 manuscript and sent it to the printers” @ Chris Colfer

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darrenandchrisnews:

May 18, 2017

*Chris liked the second tweet from Sarah Dessen on Twitter.

May 18 2017

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chriscolfernews:

chriscolfer Brian just approved the final #TLOS6 manuscript and sent it to the printers 😹

Chris' Birthday Project and a personal message

arianna-in-the-land-of-costumes:

Hi all!
We’re almost there, 2 days left to send your video or pic for Chris’ Birthday Project.
Deadline is May 20th, but I can wait for some last minute submissions till Sunday, May 21st as well.
What I wanted you to know, is that this is a particularly hard time for me, we’re living a very difficult situation in our family.
I’ll do my best to make a good video, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to work as much time on it as the previous years, since these personal issues are also time consuming and nerve wrecking.
Hope you won’t be disappointed and please remember that making this video is a big help for me and a way to relax a bit, so I’ll do all that’s in my power to make it beautiful. And that’s why it means to me even more than usual to get more and more submissions.

Love,
Arianna

ROBERT DOES A ↬ GIF HUNT!

kurthvmmel:

Below the cut are #65 small/medium textless gifs of Chris Colfer as he appeared on Match Game, episode 11 (April 30th, 2017). All of these gifs were created by yours truly, so I’d appreciate no reposting, no gif iconing, and no claiming as your own. These gifs were made for reaction/roleplay purposes, so if you have any intention of using/saving/sharing I’d appreciate if you gave this post a LIKE and/or REBLOG. And if you have any needs for Chris Colfer resources, my inbox is always open! Thanks.

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May 16 2017

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killingitkurt:

Giggles

May 14 2017

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Love seeing so many Kids loving TLOS

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Love seeing Kids Loving The Land Of Stories.

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Love seeing how much TLOS is loved by Kids. 

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May 13 2017

HOLY SHIT

victoryscreech357:

There’s a live-action version of Rent coming to FOX and I’m HYPE! Someone get Chris Colfer as Mark and we’re in business! Who do you guys think should be in it?

May 12 2017

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