Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Little Red Riding Hood Case by Danya from A Tapestry of Words

Welcome to A Week of Little Red in celebration of our favorite scarlet-caped heroine...
not to mention the launch of Marissa Meyer's SCARLET!
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Danya runs the book review blog A Tapestry of Words and has Bachelor's degree in psychology.  She also runs the annual Psychtember every September!

Today, she's shared a confidential case file she's working on involving Little Red with us!

Shhh!



Fairy Tale Files: 
The Little Red Riding Hood Case
by Danya from A Tapestry of Words


I've been permitted to share a few confidential excerpts from the files of individuals involved in the "Little Red Riding Hood" case. They were admitted into the Fairy Tale Facility recently and have been examined by two therapists.

Without further ado:

Patient: Little Red 
Hobbies: going for walks in the wood, talking to strangers, ignoring her mother's advice 
Reason for visit: her mother told her to come (and bring cookies) 
Additional notes: has extremely poor eyesight

 
Freudian psychoanalyst: "Little Red's behaviour is clearly indicative of a desire to rebel against her mother. She primarily does this by seeking out risky situations, as well as with her clothing choices. The red of her cloak obviously symbolizes the anger and rage simmering in her unconscious mind. I'd recommend several lengthy sessions in which we will delve into Little Red's early childhood, and allow her to come to grips with her emotions surrounding her mother, her grandmother, and this new man in her life whom she refers to as a 'wolf'."


 
Cognitive-behavioural therapist: "What Little Red needs is to change her behavioural habits. She's demonstrating poor decision-making as a result of a vicious cycle having formed: her mother advises her to act one way, Little Red asserts her independence by acting the opposite, and then is rewarded with her mother's attention because of this. This learned behaviour will never change until Little Red is willing to reassess her maladaptive thoughts and behaviours, and put into practice new, more effective ones."


Patient: The Wolf
Hobbies: traumatizing young girls, snacking on grandmothers, impersonating relatives, cross-dressing
Reason for visit: court-ordered therapy
Additional notes: refuses to have his picture taken

Freudian psychoanalyst: "The client — hereafter referred to as 'The Wolf' as he declines to give his real name — shows a perverse appetite for young girls. This likely stems from a childhood of neglect, particularly from the primary female figure in his life, his mother. He mentioned that he had many brothers and sisters (a 'large litter of them,' I believe, was his turn of phrase) and his mother was apparently not the affectionate sort. This therapist recommends to the court that 'The Wolf' continue to receive psychoanalysis during his prison term, and hopefully for many more years beyond that."

Cognitive-behavioural therapist: "Wolf demonstrates several worrisome behaviours, but the most dangerous to others is his tendency to eat people when he's anxious. It was obvious from his sad childhood story that his parents did the same thing, and as we all know children mimic their parents. This lack of good role models has led to Wolf dealing with his social anxiety by endangering the lives of others, and to deal with this he needs to develop better coping skills. He may seem unreformable, but we need to remember not to place the blame entirely at his door. After all, he was — pardon the pun — raised by wolves."


Patient: Wood Cutter
Hobbies: chopping anything
Reason for visit: "just came by to check on Little Red"
Additional notes: has always secretly wanted to be a surgeon

Freudian psychoanalyst: "While Mr. Cutter claims that he just dropped in to see how Little Red is doing, I suspect he is in a state of strong denial about his mental and emotional stability. He was very reluctant to be parted from his ax, even once it was explained to him that weapons were not permitted within this facility. Sometimes an ax is more than an ax, you know. His violent urges, coupled with what appears to be a hero complex, lead me to fear he could do some serious damage if this is left unchecked. He'll be on my couch for quite a while, I'm afraid."


Cognitive-behavioural therapist: "Woody initially presented as quite charming and amiable, showing concern for his friend Little Red and her grandmother. It was a little unnerving to discover that he had managed to sneak a pocket ax by the security staff, but thankfully he only wished to demonstrate his prowess at chopping things. His obsession with perfection — he kept talking on and on about doing the "right" thing and being the "best"— gives rise to a tentative diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. Personality disorders are known for being resistant to treatment, but I have no doubt that Woody can become motivated to change. A great first step would be to get him to try out some leisure activities that do not involve weapons. Maybe water polo or rockclimbing to start with?"

Which therapist do you agree with more? And what hope do you think there is for these individuals to change?

*Disclaimer:* this is all very light-hearted "analysis" and not meant to be strictly representative of either theoretical orientation!

Multiple Versions of the Song "Lil' Red Riding Hood" (and a Volvo Commercial!)

Welcome to A Week of Little Red in celebration of our favorite scarlet-caped heroine...
not to mention the launch of Marissa Meyer's SCARLET!
Check out my daily schedule of events!
Grab some promotional buttons for your blog
and stop back all week long for fun guest posts, exciting author visits, giveaways, reviews,
and blog tour stops for SCARLET!

When Macmillan mentioned that Volvo's S60 R-Design "Little Red" commercial was once again circulating, I HAD to watch it.

And then, of course, I wanted to know more about the song!

There are a ton of great covers, too, and I've rounded up a few to share with you today!

According to Wikipedia, this is the meaning behind the 1966 Billboard Chart #2 Hit Song "Li'l Red Riding Hood" (also known as "Little Red Riding Hood") by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs:

The song is built around Charles Perrault's fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood," adapted by ending before the grandmother makes her entrance, and explicitly using the ambiguity of modern English between "wolf", the carnivore, and "wolf", a man with concealed sexual intentions. The effect, whether intentional or incidental, is to strip away the fairy tale's metaphorical device and present the relationship between the two characters without literary pretense. 

The singer remarks on "what big eyes" and "what full lips" Red has, and eventually on "what a big heart" he himself has. An added element is that he says (presumably aside, to the song's audience) that he is disguised in a "sheep suit" until he can demonstrate his good intentions, but he seems to be having a hard time suppressing his wolf call in the form of a howl, in favor of the baa-ing of a sheep, at the very end of the song when Sam repeats the word "BAAHED" a few times during the song's fade. One of its signature lines is "you're ev'rything that a big bad wolf could want".

Have you already seen the Volvo commercial that started my song quest?


Here's the 1966 version of the song that started it all:


Here's a full-length version of the cover by Laura Gibson,
as heard in the Volvo commercial:


Actress Amanda Seyfried (Les Misérables, Red Riding Hood, Mamma Mia!, Dear John)
also covered the song when promoting her movie Red Riding Hood:


Here's a really fun animated video featuring a cover from Bowling for Soup:

YouTube Link

Which version is your favorite?

Video-wise, I love watching the Bowling for Soup video
because it's just so much fun.  Absolutely adorable!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

3rd Annual Fairy Tale Fortnight Invitation!!


Everyone, I have really exciting news to share with you today!

As you MIGHT know (not that A Week of Little Red gives it away or anything...), I a little, eensy-weensy obsessed with fairy tales.  Books, movies, ad campaigns, nail polish lines... add in a fairy tale, and I'm the first in line to pick it up!

For the last two years, I've been in love with Misty from The Book Rat's annual Fairy Tale Fortnight event to the point where I've reviewed a fairy tale every day myself, as well as featured authors, guest posters, and giveaways!


This year, I'm lucky enough to be co-hosting the Third Annual Fairy Tale Fortnight with Misty!
Misty and I have been hard at work putting together a list of books and events we want to feature this year, and Misty just created a beautiful banner to promote FTF.

Here's our button for the event.  This year, Misty made both a button (below) and a banner (above), and in the coming days, she'll have a post talking more about that, crediting all of the fabulous people whose work went into it. Feel free to share either or both when talking about Fairy Tale Fortnight. =)

Now, let's get down to business, shall we?
  • What is Fairy Tale Fortnight? Fairy Tale Fortnight is a two-week event that takes place once a year. The focus of the event is fairy tale retellings and fairy tale-esque works. The two weeks will be jam-packed with reviews, interviews, guest posts, giveaways and all manner of awesome things!
  • Where is  Fairy Tale Fortnight? FTF takes place at The Book Rat and on Misty's YouTube channel (and lets face it, it will probably spill over to Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook...) It will also be hosted here at A Backwards Story.
  • When is Fairy Tale Fortnight? This year, FTF will be taking place between Sunday, March 24th and Saturday, April 6th. Mark your calendars now!
  • Can anyone participate in Fairy Tale Fortnight? YES! We highly encourage others to participate, whether it be through their own blogs, vlogs, tumblrs and tweets, or just through the comments. There will be a linky up on the first day for readers and participants to share their own fairy tale-related posts throughout the event. For those who want to be even more involved, we also invite people to guest post here at FTF HQ (ie mine and Misty's blogs). Guests can send us their own reviews, giveaways, Top 5 lists, etc - anything with a fairy tale slant that they think should have a turn in the FTF spotlight! There is a form below to fill out if you'd like to be considered for a guest slot!
  • Do you have to be a blogger/vlogger to participate in Fairy Tale Fortnight? NO, not at all! We welcome all comers; the only requirement is a love for fairy tales. Whether you're a full-fledged obsessive like we are, or are just starting to rediscover them, ALL are welcome to participate!
  • Can authors participate as well? Absolutely! Authors are welcome to participate in any of the ways listed above. If you'd like to do something more promotional, like an interview or a giveaway, or talk to Misty or I about a possible review, please email us: email Misty | email Bonnie
  • Anything else we should know? Yep! This year, Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, has helped Misty and I organize a Fairy Tale Giveaway Blog Hop! I'm sure you all know how these work, and how epically fantastic they are, but if you want to know more, click on the hop button below!   You can also check out the schedules for year one and year two to get a better idea of how the events run, and what to expect from this year!

Misty and I owe a HUGE debt of gratitude to a few awesome deviants whose unbelievable stock Misty used to make this year's button and banner (as well as the blog hop crop!). Seriously, there are some truly amazingly talented, generous people out there, and they deserve ALL TEH CREDITS:

You are all awesome for making such great stock available! 

{Audiobook Excerpt/2-Book Giveaway} SCARLET by Marissa Meyer


Guest posts, reviews, and giveaways abound!  
&
Welcome to A Week of Little Red in celebration of our favorite scarlet-caped heroine...
not to mention the launch of Marissa Meyer's SCARLET!
Check out my daily schedule of events!
Grab some promotional buttons for your blog
and stop back all week long for fun guest posts, exciting author visits, giveaways, reviews,
and blog tour stops for SCARLET!

Did you see Marissa Meyer's guest post this week about 
10 Things that Changed from SCARLET’s First Draft?
It's fantastic and not to be missed!

Stop back at A Backwards Story for more SCARLET and Little Red goodness, 
including a book review of SCARLET!

Are you as excited as I am about the launch of SCARLET?  What's your flavor, the audiobook, the ebook, the hardcover...?

Today, I have a real treat to share with you: an audiobook excerpt from SCARLET by Marissa Meyer, which releases this coming Tuesday!  Macmillan and Feiwel and Friends were kind enough to share a taste of the reading with us.  

(And if you have a nook or a Kindle, you can also check out the first five e-book chapters of SCARLET now!  In less than a week, you can read the entire book!  So close, yet so far....!)

The SCARLET audiobook is read by Rebecca Soler.


Check it out:


YouTube Link
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O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title:  SCARLET
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: Feb. 5, 2013
Publisher: Macmillan / Feiwel and Friends
Received: For Review
SUMMARY:

Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. 


Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own. 

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.
If you haven't done so yet, enter to win 
a paperback of CINDER and a hardcover of SCARLET!
One lucky winner in the US/CA will win both books!
(And I THINK you can Tweet once a day, but Rafflecopter baffles me a little, so...)

I usually use forms, but for A Week of Little Red, I'm going to try out Rafflecopter...
Let me know what you think of moving in this direction, and let me know if you have any issues!
Again, I still don't fully understand Rafflecopter, lol!

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RSVP for the Official Virtual SCARLET Launch Party with Marissa Meyer!


Guest posts, reviews, and giveaways abound!  
&
Welcome to A Week of Little Red in celebration of our favorite scarlet-caped heroine...
not to mention the launch of Marissa Meyer's SCARLET!
Check out my daily schedule of events!
Grab some promotional buttons for your blog
and stop back all week long for fun guest posts, exciting author visits, giveaways, reviews,
and blog tour stops for SCARLET!

Did you see Marissa Meyer's guest post this week about 
10 Things that Changed from SCARLET’s First Draft?
It's fantastic and not to be missed!

Macmillan also shared an Audiobook excerpt of SCARLET!

Stop by Shindig to RSVP for all this:
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O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title:  SCARLET
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: Feb. 5, 2013
Publisher: Macmillan / Feiwel and Friends
Received: For Review
SUMMARY:

Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. 


Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own. 

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.
If you haven't done so yet, enter to win 
a paperback of CINDER and a hardcover of SCARLET!
One lucky winner in the US/CA will win both books!
(And I THINK you can Tweet once a day, but Rafflecopter baffles me a little, so...)

I usually use forms, but for A Week of Little Red, I'm going to try out Rafflecopter...
Let me know what you think of moving in this direction, and let me know if you have any issues!
Again, I still don't fully understand Rafflecopter, lol!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Read-Aloud: LON PO PO by Ed Young

Welcome to A Week of Little Red in celebration of our favorite scarlet-caped heroine...
not to mention the launch of Marissa Meyer's SCARLET!
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Yesterday was the "Academy Awards of the Book World," where award winners for the Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, and more were chosen.

I was reminded of the gorgeous 1990 Caldecott winner centered around Little Red Riding Hood, the Chinese retelling of LON PO PO.

The artwork is gorgeous, and the story is spine-chillingly good, keeping young readers at the edge of their chairs as they wait to hear what happens to three young sisters after a wolf impersonating Po Po (their grandmother), stops by for a "friendly visit."

There are similarities to the version of Little Red we all know and love, but also some unique changes, as well.

I was excited to find the following video on YouTube, where an Education Major reads LON PO PO out loud in its entirety.  Gather your children around the computer, or sit back and watch it yourself.  LON PO PO is unique and can't be missed!

YouTube Link
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O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title:  LON PO PO
Author: Ed Young
Release Date: Out Nov. 1, 1989
Publisher: Penguin / Philomel Books
Received: Borrowed
SUMMARY:

Award-winning artist Ed Young illustrates, with characteristic flair and energy, the ancient Chinese version of the favorite fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood". Young's vibrant, yet delicate, pastels and watercolors add drama to the deftly translated story. "An extraordinary and powerful book".--Publishers Weekly. Full color. 1990 Caldecott Medal book.

New Annie Leibovitz Disney Dream Portrait Featuring Taylor Swift as Rapunzel

Welcome to A Week of Little Red in celebration of our favorite scarlet-caped heroine...
not to mention the launch of Marissa Meyer's SCARLET!
Check out my daily schedule of events!
Grab some promotional buttons for your blog
and stop back all week long for fun guest posts, exciting author visits, giveaways, reviews,
and blog tour stops for SCARLET!


Okay, so technically, this is a week dedicated to Little Red.  I know, I know.  What's Rapunzel doing here?

For those of you who haven't begun reading Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles and aren't in the know, SCARLET, centered around Little Red Riding Hood, is the second of four books.  The first book, CINDER, came out last year.  Next year, CRESS will feature Rapunzel, and in 2015, the series will conclude with WINTER, based on Snow White.

Since Cress is about to play a big part of her own in the Lunar Chronicles, I felt it was fitting to include her in this week's festivities!

Last week, Disney Parks revealed the latest portrait in their Disney Dream Collection, photographed and edited by the amazingly talented Annie Leibovitz.  Her take on Rapunzel is probably one of my favorite designs in the series!

Take a peek (and click the image for a super-large version!):



Not only that, Disney Parks also posted an amazing behind the scenes video with images from the photo shoot and a chat with Taylor Swift.

Check it out:


What are your thoughts?  
Which Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz are your favorites?  
How do you feel about Taylor Swift as Rapunzel?

FREE until 1/31! EVIE'S KNIGHT by Kimberly Krey!!!

On tour with Prism Book Tours

GRAND FINALE!!

Last week, A Backwards Story 
hosted an excerpt from EVIE'S KNIGHT
 and reviewed the book!

Now, for 3 days only, 
you can snag EVIE'S KNIGHT 
for FREE!!!

TOUR WRAP-UP


Our awesome Tour in images:

We announced the NEW COVER on the Tour Launch:

Original Cover                                   Our Shiny New Cover




1 – Kimberly Krey – Cover Change!


1 – Kelly Fox – Goodreads Review
"The action scene in the end had me on my toes wondering what would happen next."
1 – I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Clean Romance I
2 – Monique Morgan - All You Need is Love I
3 – Getting Your Read On – Review - Clean Romance II
4 - Christy’s Cozy Corners – Review
6 – Passion and Life – Passionate Peaches Cobbler Recipe & Smokin' Hot Excerpt – English/Spanish
6 - Paulette’s Papers – All You Need is Love II
7 - Bookworm Lisa – Review - Clean Romance III
"This book caught my imagination from the beginning."
7 – Pages of Forbidden Love – Review
8 - Vanessa Morgan – All You Need is Love III
9 - Proud Book Nerd – Review
9 - Kari’s Crowded Bookshelf – Review/Interview
Watch for Fiona's Fight ~ coming soon ~.
10 - Geo Librarian – Review
"Whoa, baby. What a ride!"
10 - The Literary Forest - Exerpt
11 - InfectedLoser – Excerpt
13 - Welcome to Couch Potato Reader – Review
14 - Letters to the Cosmos – Review
"...the story took on a deeper tone..."
14 – One A Day YA – Drafts Guest Post
14 - Little Miss Bookworm – Review
15 -  Magical Manuscripts – Review/Top Ten things you would do if you could not write!

  1. Cry.  2. Muse story ideas in my head.  3. Cry some more.  4. Listen to characters converse inside my head.  5. Eat illegal amounts of chocolate.  6. Work through plots and scenes for the stories stuck within my head.  7. Throw up the chocolate.  8. Stubbornly search for a way to get the stories onto paper & out of my head.  9. More crying would take place here.  10. Slowly slip into a mind-numbing stupor.

Ultimate Grilled Cheese16 - Musings of a Reader Happy - Excerpt
17 – Proud Book Nerd – Ultimate Grilled Cheese

17 - Books, Books, the Magical Fruit – Interview
17 - Book Sake – Review
"...uber romantic."
18 - Kari’s Crowded Bookshelf – Aromatic Noodles Recipe

20 - A Life Bound by Books – Excerpt I
21 - Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Reviews – Excerpt II
21 - Oh, The Books You’ll Read – Review
22 - A Backwards Story – Excerpt III
22 - Passion and Life – Review – English/Spanish
"This is a perfect clean romance story, with some creepy moments when you will feel chills down over your spine!"
23 - Framed In Words – ART Exerpt
23 - Colorimetry – Random ART thoughts
24 – Unputdownable Books – The Raven-haired Ghost ART
24 - Living a Goddess Life – Crepe Cake Recipe










25 – icultgen – Review, The Raven-haired Ghost ART
25 – Pieces of Whimsy - Review

27 – The Reading Diaries – Review
"a perfect mix of romance and fantasy."
28 – Stressed Rach – Review
28 - Literally Jen – Review
"...modern day fairy tale where the damsel in distress is rescued by her one true love who just happens to have superhuman abilities."
29 – Min Reads and Reviews – Review
29 – Grand Finale, WINNERS drawn

Two original works of art of the Raven-haired Ghost:

  resenha_eviesknight_1
from Anna


From Naj

Kimberly Krey, the awesome author:



Grand Finale Giveaway!!

From January 29 - 31 - Evie's Knight will be available for FREE to download from Amazon.






Super Swag-a-licious Giveaway Winners:


Grand Prize: $50 Amazon gift card, a signed paperback of Evie's Knight, SoftLips chapstick, recipe cards, E.K. calendar card, postcard of The Storm, and bookmark.

2nd Prize: $25 Amazon gift card, a signed paperback of Evie's Knight, SoftLips chapstick, recipe cards, E.K. calendar card, postcard of The Storm, and bookmark.

3rd Prize: $10 Amazon gift card, a signed paperback of Evie's Knight, SoftLips chapstick, recipe cards, E.K. calendar card, postcard of The Storm, and bookmark.

Five more winners will receive an ebook version of Evie’s Knight!

Paperback winners may choose between old cover (shown below) or the new cover, featuring Calvin Knight (shown above).

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced on Colorimetry & Rafflecopter as well as emailed to winners who will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Laura, Burgandy Ice, @ www.burgandyice.blogspot.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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