Just a quick note to say that I’m continuing to read the Fables series. This time I read volumes 8-13, Wolves through The Great Fables Crossover. I’ve continued to enjoy these in a general way, and I’m engaged by the conceit that the Fables are people, not stories, and don’t adhere to our ideas of how they are “supposed” to behave. (This sometimes means that they behave the precise opposite of what we would suppose — which is almost as constraining. But I guess that’s nitpicky.) The wrap-up of the great war with the Adversary was creative and well-done, given the “third alternative” of Haven. And I am curious about how Geppetto will fit into Fable society, given that neither he, nor they, want that to happen.
I am a little bit bored by the roles of the women in this series. Snow White and Rose Red are both fully fleshed-out characters, but over time they have both turned into women who would fail the Bechdel test, if you feel me. Beauty has never been convincing in her political role, to me. Frau Totenkinder is the only one I really like; she feels like she’s straight out of Buffy. I suppose Cinderella is badass, but that’s about all she is; it feels like a fantasy. Why should this be? Don’t they have any women writing this stuff?
I wasn’t so sure about the crossover issue. Was it because I have never read any of the Jack stuff, or was it because it really was confused and extraneous? Who the heck are the Literals? I mean, I get the idea, but does that make any sense at all? I was relieved to be finished with that one.
And now I’m almost caught up with Teresa (and the end of the series so far.) What should I read after that?