Saturday, March 31, 2012

Once Upon a Time VI...It's Time!


Of course, I was SO looking forward to this 'challenge' (I even bugged Carl about it..."When is Once Upon a Time?"...whine, whine, whine...LOL) and then I promptly didn't have time to make my list until the last day to sign up.  Stupid busy-ness!

So, if you haven't heard of the wonderful Once Upon a Time (What?  Really!?!), it is a wonderful reading 'challenge' (event) hosted by the awesome Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings.  Here are some details as outlined at Carl's blog:

“Once upon a time…”

Perhaps you too have heard that voice whispering on the spring wind, or perhaps Old Man Winter continues to drown out the sound; either way that time has come: Once Upon a Time is here!

Wednesday, March 21st begins the sixth annual Once Upon a Time Challenge. This is a reading and viewing event that encompasses four broad categories: Fairy Tale, Folklore, Fantasyand Mythology, including the seemingly countless sub-genres and blending of genres that fall within this spectrum. The challenge continues through Tuesday, June 19th and allows for very minor (1 book only) participation as well as more immersion depending on your reading/viewing whims.

(Dates:  March 21 - June 19)

Come away, and I’ll tell you more…

The Once Upon a Time VI Challenge has a few rules:

Rule #1: Have fun.

Rule #2: HAVE FUN.

Rule #3: Don’t keep the fun to yourself, share it with us, please!

Rule #4: Do not be put off by the word “challenge”.

While this event retains the word “challenge” from its earliest days, the entire goal is to read good books, watch good television shows and movies, and most importantly, visit old friends and make new ones. There are several ways to participate, and I hope you can find at least one to your liking:

To read about the various levels, visit the post HERE.

I have decided to participate in the following levels:
This is really as simple as the name implies. It means you are participating, but not committing yourself to any specific number of books. By signing up for The Journey you are agreeing to read at least one book within one of the four categories during March 21st to June 19th period.Just one book. If you choose to read more, fantastic! If not, then we have still had the pleasure of your company during this three month reading journey and hopefully you have read a great book, met some interesting people, and enjoyed the various activities that occur during the challenge. It has always been of utmost importance to me that the challenges that I host be all about experiencing enjoyable literature and sharing it with others. I want you to participate. Hence, The Journey.
This quest involves the reading of one or more short stories that fit within at least one of the four genres during the course of any weekend, or weekends, during the challenge. Ideally you would post about your short story readings on Sundays or Mondays, but this is not strictly necessary.
Stories are not just limited to the printed page. Many entertaining, moving, profound or simply fun stories are told in the realm of television and film. To participate in this quest simply let us know about the films and/or television shows that you feel fit into the definitions of fantasy, fairy tales, folklore or mythology that you are enjoying during the challenge. 

The Journey--I know it seems odd that I'm only committing to one book, yet I have a whole list below.  Well, as Carl said, at least one, but if you read more...great! So, one for sure, but hopefully more from this list. =O)
  • The Dragon's Harp by Rachel Pruitt
  • A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (partial read)
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  • The Once and Future King by T.H. White
Short Story Quest--I've been wanting to read this book of short stories (fairy tales retold) for over a year:
  • My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales edited by Kate Bernheimer
Quest on Screen--I plan on seeing Snow White and the Huntsman on the weekend of June 1st so this one is a no brainer! Might just pull out Ever After and watch it too (love that movie)! Oh, and I watch Once Upon a Time and Grimm on TV every week so those qualify too.  Cool!

Snow White and the Huntsman

I love this because it's three months so it gives me more wiggle room. =O)  What fun!



  1. Looks like a good line-up of books! Lewis Carroll is great fun. Wicked, erm, I'd try to see the play or at least listen to the soundtrack instead...they're very different and personally I thought the musical was much better than the book (so unusual). But if you do read it, I'll be very curious to see your review!

  2. Thanks for visiting, Cheryl. Yeah, I haven't seen the musical yet, but I've been wanting to. I've been wanting to read the book for years. We'll see what I think.


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