Today for YA Wednesday I’ve gathered some scary story links. I don’t scare as easily as I used to, but I still remember how frightened I was by the first ghost story I read. It had something to do with shipwrecked sailors rising from the dead, marching over the sand, and leaving wet footprints and dripping all over some kid’s bedroom. Doesn’t seem so horrifying in retrospect but at the time I was a basket case.
I’ve included some fairy tale links as well because few things are scarier than fairy tales in their original pre-Disney form, though even Disney can be pretty scary (Ursula in The Little Mermaid, for example).
- According to this article, Sleeping Beauty is the Creepiest Fairy Tale of Them All. It’s also quite possibly a precursor to the modern phenomena of date rape since it involves a king who “HAD SEX WITH AN UNCONSCIOUS/POSSIBLY DEAD PERSON.”
- If you think Sleeping Beauty (the ultimate passive heroine) or comatose Snow White waiting for her prince to come aren’t exactly good feminist role models, here are some new YA Fairytales with Fierce Female Main Characters.
- Speaking of Snow White, if you can’t look at a shiny red apple without thinking “fruit of death,” you might be suffering from one of these 9 Irrational Fears We Can Blame on Books.
- Some of the most terrifying stories are those that are mostly real with a dash of surrealism thrown in. Sometimes referred to as magical realism, this genre is becoming increasingly popular in YA, and the best stories illuminate very real aspects of our lives by using Magical Realism as Metaphor.
- By adding “hilariously dark titles” to the covers of vintage YA novels this Genius Twitter Feed Is Turning Classic Kids’ Books Into Nightmares. Check out @paprbckparadise for more fun titles like Sweet Valley Twins…We Ate Our Parents.