{Guest Post} Top 5 favorite Little Red references in SCARLET by Debz Bookshelf

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Debz runs the book review blog Debz Bookshelf and is just as nutty as I am about fairy tales!  

She hosts a lot of fairy tale challenges on her blog, and I was excited to have her participate in A Week of Little Red!

Debz also did an awesome entry on her blog this past month about The Big Bad Wolf that you should check out!

Top 5 favorite Little Red references in SCARLET
by Debz from Debz Bookshelf

I've always loved fairy tale retellings, and I have to say my favorite part of any retelling is seeing where the elements of the original come into play. I'm impressed by Marissa Meyer's astounding ability to include so much of the original tale into her book, without it overwhelming the story she’s creating on her own. There are lots of things, both large and small, to look for in each of her books. While I don't want to spoil the fun for you, I want to share my 5 favorite Red Riding Hood elements I found in SCARLET.

5. Red Hood 

While it may seem kind of obvious, I loved the fact that Scarlet wore a red hoodie for much of the story. It’s a trademark of her character, but it’s been updated into something more functional and fashionable, but just as iconic.

4. Finding Grandmother

The catalyst that sets off the events in Scarlet is a missing grandmother. While in the original her grandmother starts out as simply sick, disappearing (into the wolf’s stomach) later on, the goal in both stories remains the same: to find her grandmother. And on the way, she just happens to run into a Wolf...

3. Relationship between Red and Wolf

Believe it or not, quite a few versions of Red Riding Hood have the pair kind of... Romantically linked, which might seem kind of weird, but Marissa does an excellent job pulling off a romance between the two (of course it does help that they're both human...mostly). And apart from that, their personalities and chemistry between the two were close to the original, on a deeper level than I’ve seen in other retellings, but without Scarlet being a wimp or Wolf being an evil stalker.

2. The Woodcutter

So there’s this new character known as Captain Carswell Thorne, who loosely fits into the role of Woodcutter (which Marissa talked about earlier). Since I’m assuming you already know the story, you’ve probably guessed a whole lot from that hint. But I can guarantee that it’s not what you’re expecting.

1. France

My favorite element of Red Riding Hood that we got to see so prominently featured in SCARLET was the setting of France. Initially I thought it sounded very odd to set a dystopian sci-fi kind of story in France, but it fit so well with everything. It enhanced the story and definitely ended up playing an important role in my overall feelings about 

I’m just skimming the top of everything. I’m sure there are dozens more references that I could name, but I’ll leave that up to you ;)

O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: Feb. 5, 2013
Publisher: Macmillan / Feiwel and Friends

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.