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Tales From Fairyland

by Christopher Verleger
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Thursday Oct 4, 2018
Tales From Fairyland

I know what you're thinking: Is it really necessary to yet again revisit, reinterpret and rehash the storylines of our favorite classic fables? The formula of the young damsel in distress rescued from an evil queen by a handsome prince has inarguably been done to death, and everybody already knows they live happily ever after.

If you firmly believe there cannot possibly be another worthwhile edition of oft-told fairy tales like "Cinderella" and "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," I strongly urge you to think again. Author Joe Cosentino's "The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland" and "Holiday Tales from Fairyland" are definitely not the short stories you remember from your mother's worn copy of the Brothers Grimm.

Instead, the stories in this collection are retold for adults, and Cosentino cagily uses familiar plotlines while letting his creativity run wild. The result is a ferociously entertaining, wickedly hilarious, and unapologetically audacious assortment of raunchy, romantic adventures featuring your favorite characters in situations and positions — literally and figuratively — that you wouldn't have ever previously imagined.

In "The Naked Prince," we meet Cinder, a young orphan boy who was raised by two dads and has an inclination for dressmaking, which doesn't go unnoticed by Charming, the town's prince. Sound familiar? Charming, however, rejects Cinder after they spend a night of unbridled ecstasy together, because he knows his family expects him to marry up. Cinder, in turn, rejects Charming's offer to keep him, a la "Pretty Woman," in the castle as his secret lover.

"The Golden Rule" introduces Gideon Golden, disowned by his parents for being gay, who stumbles upon a cottage in the woods of Bear Mountain occupied by three rugged, brawny gentlemen. Despite the fact that he was trespassing, they invite Gideon to stay, where he is treated like a servant, yet there is unmistakable chemistry between him and one of the men, Ben.

"Whatever Happened To...?" does not pay homage to Bette Davis or Joan Crawford, yet it is an interview with a celebrity. The subject is none other than Pinocchio, whose penchant for lying causes something other than his nose to grow, and the reporter asks him to recount his many romances, most notably with Jack of beanstalk fame and the ensuing complications involving a giant.

All seven stories in this deliciously decadent collection are rife with intriguing innuendo and bawdy behavior. Furthermore, each of these entries makes mention of countless other legends and myths, so your childhood memories may be irreversibly altered — perhaps for the better. "Tales from Fairyland" is an anthology like none other, and only once upon a time.

"Tales from Fairyland Anthology: The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland with Holiday Tales from Fairyland"
By Joe Cosentino

Chris is a voracious reader and unapologetic theater geek from Narragansett, Rhode Island.


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