It feels oddly anti-climatic to be writing this post, but sometimes…you just gotta.
I’m still working on the “balance” part in the “work-life” balance equation, but I’ve found something that’s important is that I read what I can. This week it was something short and sweet: The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde.
Velde was an author I read a lot of as a child, a storyteller I could always count on to add a little magic to my life. Books like A Well-Timed Enchantment, Dragon’s Bait, and Curses, Inc. were my introduction to the fantasy genre. So when I found The Rumpelstiltskin Problem, I picked it up instantly. The nostalgia helped, but Velde also had a point on the back of the book, a point I’d been thinking about for a while: the story of Rumpelstiltskin is pretty messed up. Velde wrote six stories that made it make more sense.
My personal favorite was “Straw into Gold.” My number one problem with the story has always been that the miller’s daughter married the king after he threatened to kill her and it was supposed to be a happy ending. “Straw into Gold” gave her the best ending, in my opinion.
With six stories that come from the same fairy-tale, it would be easy for the stories to get repetitive, for the characters to run together. Velde makes each story unique and each character is her own person. If you want something short and fun to read, this is a great option.