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     Updated 20/05/2014

     It has two long years since Lily Wight brought you the very first images from Disney’s live action adaptation of Sleeping Beauty featuring Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, the baddest fairy of them all.

     Maleficent is due for release in UK cinemas on 28th May.  Here is the latest trailer and a peek behind the scenes while you wait…

     Click here for more new on set pictures 🙂

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Lily Wight

     Updated 04/03/2014

     Margo Lanagan has an innate understanding of the dark and sensual undercurrents of Faerie; something seldom seen since the heyday of Fantasy pioneer Angela Carter.

     In Tender Morsels Lanagan delivers a sublime insight into the diverse, contradictory, complex and myriad aspects of femininity, without ever straying into reactionary feminist territory.

     Intensely lyrical, joyous and heartbreaking by turn, Tender Morsels explores illusion and reality’s interdependence by seamlessly crafting an enchanting patchwork quilt of tales within tales.

     With its vibrant characters, dialogue ripe with colloquialisms and images which will haunt your imagination Lanagan’s novel is a rare treat; gritty yet poetic and constantly enlightening.

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**WARNING**  not for little eyes or the easily alarmed

titania     By The Power of Greyskull!!!  Take a look at Dame Judi Dench’s Titania!

     This black and white still of Britain’s best-loved actress “in the altogether” for Peter Hall’s adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968) was deemed so raunchy and shocking that Pinterest took it down!

     Now Lily Wight knows if it’s in black and white AND scripted by Shakespeare it must be Art so there is no shame whatsoever in taking a moment to enjoy Dame Judi’s seldom seen – but mighty fine – Titania 🙂

 

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     No, not the one with Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton but this rather more magical Korean twist on a classic Fairy Tale…

     There’s a great movie you might have missed every month at Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana.  Catch-up with what you’ve missed and subscribe (see the sidebar) to make sure you see them all ~

The Librarian

Virgin Territory

Lotte Reiniger’s Fairy Tales

Azur And Asmar: The Princes Quest

Immortal

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     Regular visitors to Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana can’t seem to get enough of marvellous French animator, Michel Ocelot.  If you like the look of Tales Of The Night you’ll probably appreciate this too…

     Click for previous Movies You Might Have Missed 🙂

     The Librarian: Quest For The Spear

     Virgin Territory

     Lotte Reiniger’s Fairy Tales

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     German animator Lotte Reiniger created the first surviving full-length animated feature, The Adventures Of Prince Achmed, back in 1926.

     An enchanting collection of Reiniger’s paper silhouette Fairy Tale adaptations is now available on DVD.

     You can watch Cinderella (1922) right here…

     Recommended…

     The Wonderful World Of Froud

     From Aliens To Vampires And Angels To Zombies

     Fantastic Fashion Fairy Tales

     Little Red Riding Hood With Christina Ricci

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     Audrey Niffenegger, best known as the author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, spins a macabre yet enchanting novel in pictures.

     The Adventuress, an ethereal yet tenacious heroine, is created by an alchemist, has a love affair with Napoleon and gives birth to a cat in a quest of Fairy Tale subversions and surreal post-feminism.

     The text may tell us of wedding revelry and honeymoons but the fragile images betray subjugation and abuse as The Adventuress is repeatedly betrayed by the promises of love and motherhood.  This is a story in which transformation can lead to madness and happy-ever-afters may only be attained through cleansing fire or the release of death.

     Niffenegger’s images combine the uncanny distortions of German Expressionist cinema with  a sketchiness which invites universal interpretations.

     A truly beautiful, unique and inspiring work.

     < Click the pic for a book you might like.

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     Updated 30/9/2015

     TOP BLOG POST #3     We hope you all enjoyed Book Month at The Arcade of Arts and Arcana.  Just before we step into June and ponder a wealth of quirky Victoriana here is another enchanting glimpse into our album of Fairy images… 

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     Updated 03/06/2015

     If you enjoy a little “Scary Fairy” just click the pics to view an album of inspired images and why not send us a Facebook Friend request while you are there.  xx

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     I thought you might enjoy this lovely little flash animation from Button Films 😉

     

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     Updated 26/03/2015

     Click the picture (Brian Froud’s The Power of The Dark Crystal) to view lots more inspiring faerie art.

     Please feel free to share Lily’s selected images and keep checking the Gallery for new additions.

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     Here’s a little something to get you in the mood for Bill Condon’s Beauty & The Beast with Emma Watson.

     If you haven’t seen Cocteau’s classic yet, well, you really should so just click to view the trailer.

     

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     Updated 13/05/2015

     You will find lots of links to forgotten favourites right here at Lily’s Arcade of Arts & Arcana 😉

     

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     Updated 26/02/2015

     There’s always lots of Scary Faerie at Lily Wight 🙂

     

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Some amazing photos AND fashion, what’s not to love?

Fashion Fetishism.

Should you be one of my followers (if not, do sign up, I’ll even promise you virtual cake or some such for your birthday) you will have noticed that I am somewhat of a fan of Fairytales. Now, I assume you’re looking for the follow box on the right.. there you found it!.. Yes, it’s a quote from Alice in Wonderland..well done!  As should be clear from this blog that I have a thing for fashion as well, so stumbling over these pictures with the adorable Annie Leibovitz was a special delight and made a sunny afternoon even better.

(all pictures via Vogue)

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     Updated 06/03/2014

     Here is an early Easter Egg for you, crack it open and you will find a golden and glowing review of John Connolly’s The Book of Lost Things…

   

      It is hard to beat Angela Carter’s potent re-imaginings of traditional Fairy Tales but John Connolly may boast a valiant and successful attempt.

     Young hero, David’s struggle to adjust to his step-family under the shadow of The Blitz is realistic and heartfelt but unfortunately the tone alters and the pace flounders during a flabby middle section inspired by tired and predictable medieval quest romances.

     Connolly’s work suffers a little under too many influences; Narnia, Oz, Wonderland, Labyrinth and even The Box of Delights are all thrown into the mix.  Focus is restored most triumphantly however in a dramatic ending which is surprisingly horrific considering the overall Young Adult tone.

     The Book of Lost Things, with its exquisite title, could have possessed more depth if freed from the influence of so many other contemporary retellings of old tales.  Despite this, when Connolly finds his own voice the story soars and delivers a truly terrifying villain.

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     Updated 26/03/2015

     Sample the mushroom and follow the link to a wonderful blog where you will find Daga and her trolls 🙂

Gathered Nettles: Two Sisters Obsessing over YA Lit

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     Updated 12/03/2015

     You will find the picture album Faerie Lore & Fairy Tales in Lily Wight’s Gallery.  Click the picture (left: Black Coat Elf by Brian Froud) or head to the tab above to explore.

     Don’t get lost now 😉

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Love, love, love Kyotzeta’s twisty poem!

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Alice in Underland

alice, from the depths of madness,
can you see the light of day?
can you, dearest, hear my sadness,
know the words i cannot say?

Liddell, Alice; not so little,
little alice in the middle,
alice you must run away,
and live to play another day.

dream of hatters, dream of rabbits,
duchesses with nasty habits,
playing cards with double faces,
frantic dodos running races.

lift your glasses, raise a toast,
roast meet alice, alice meet roast.
guest at the table, new-made queen,
in circumstances unforeseen.

if life is Chess, then this is Life,
chaos strewn with pain and strife,
moving her from square to square,
pretending she was never there.

see her hiding from old fears,
or drowning in her own salt tears,
or running panicked through the wood,
where names (and minds) are gone for good.

through the mirror, racing past,
a stranger in my…

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A brilliant little film, such exciting news about the new cache of Fairy Tales and LOADS more Fairy stuff on its way!

World Weaver Press

WWPSpecial fairy tale edition of our usual quick round-up of news and factoids, articles and more that struck our fancy, tickled our interest, and had us scratching our heads. For readers, writers, and genre fans of any form.

A cache of 500 folk tales were discovered in Germany recently, many of which have not been a part of our previously documented understanding of the folk tradition in Europe.  From that trove, the fabulous tale of the “Turnip Princess” — which could easily be retitled “The Tao of the Turnip” — the likes of which we’ve never seen before.

This amazing bit of animation is a beautiful, bloody, Red Riding Hood becomes an interesting twisted-origin story of folk lore’s favorite caped crusader.  The short film is titled simply “RED”:

RED from RED on Vimeo.

The film puts me in mind of one of Roald Dahl’s poemsLittle Red Riding…

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Dream Pie!

I REALLY want to try this pie!

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     Updated 12/03/2015

 

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     Good Evening Blogsprites,

   

     I am very excited because one of my favourite stories, Beauty and The Beast, has been adapted for the stage.

     David Nixon’s ballet, with a score including works by Bizet and Debussy, will be performed by the Northern Ballet company at Hull’s New Theatre.

     Performances from tonight until Saturday.

     Don’t miss it!

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