25 January 2014

Alice in Tumblr-land by Tim Manley

Alice in Tumblr-land
Series: N/A, Standalone
Publication date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Books 
Genres: Adult, Fairytales, Humor
Format: Hardcover
Source: Book Depository

Disney meets Lena Dunham in this illustrated humor book featuring your favorite fairy-tale characters dating and finding their way in 21st-century America.

The Ugly Duckling still feels gross compared to everyone else, but now she’s got Instagram, and there’s this one filter that makes her look awesome. Cinderella swaps her glass slippers for Crocs. The Tortoise and the Hare Facebook stalk each other. Goldilocks goes gluten free. And Peter Pan finally has to grow up and get a job, or at least start paying rent.

Here are more than one hundred fairy tales, illustrated and re-imagined for today. Instead of fairy godmothers, there’s Siri. And rather than big bad wolves, there are creepy dudes on OkCupid. In our brave new world of social networking, YouTube, and texting, fairy tales can once again lead us to "happily ever after”—and have us laughing all the way.

I really enjoyed Alice in Tumblr-land, it is a quick, light and fun read. 

I love the modern twist, and how easy it is to picture it! Manley has taken some of my favorite fairytales and changed them into ordinary people, and I enjoyed that. Peter Pan having a hard time because all he thinks about is the internet, Rapunzel thinking that the people liking her new profile picture hated her old hair, and just never told her. 

Some of the stories was more on the adult side of the scale with stories about Lancelot being gay and the beast (from Beauty and the Beast) having some weird fetiches. 

This book also has some great quotes, which is actually also some lessons on life, and just some that are great to keep in the back of your head. Here is an example;

I love how this book was an actual page-turner, because every page was a new story, you never got that feeling that you needed a break. And you know how you keep saying "just one more chapter" and keeps on reading 20 more, that is what happens with this book, it keeps you reading because you want to read the next story, and then the next and so on. Basically, that "just one more story", is never actually just one more story. 

But I think it would be amazing to read the original stories as a child or have them read aloud, and then as a teenager or adult to read this! Because, this is a great book!

This book actually originated from Tim Manley's blog: Fairytales for twenty-somethings, if you either want to read this book or already have read it - then check out his blog, because there is some new stories and some older stories that is not included in the book. Oh, and if you think about buying this book, check this page to see how it looks in real life! 

Challenges: Full House: re-read / TBR pile
Resolutions: re-read some books / Read the books I already own

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