New York City's ComicCon last weekend (Oct 10-13), because it's awesome:
|Valente's brand new release! (love this series)|
"Here's the thing about fairy tales," Catherynne M. Valente (The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two) said during one of the many panels devoted to science fiction and fantasy literature during this past weekend's New York Comic Con, held at Manhattan's Javits Convention Center. "They are the best-edited stories of all time... boiled down, espresso-like stories that go straight to the back of your reptile brain."
Stories that directly coffee-jolt your lizard brain. Seriously. Awesome. I have to quote her sometime soon.
Valente, coming at (the challenge for keeping things new) from the fairy tale side, made much the same point, challenging the notion that any mythological or folkloric creatures were overplayed in modern fantasy. Any creature, she suggested, could still be done in an interesting way. "Everything's already been told," she said--"but you haven't told everything."
Reported from NYC ComicCon by Shelf Awareness. (Emphasis in bold is mine.)