OuaT7 read again! It’s such a sweet piece. It falls under fairytale for me because of how strongly it’s a modern fairytale. (That comment will make sense once you’ve read it.)
The Poppet and the Lune by Madeline Claire Franklin
I loved the ideas of ‘The Poppet and the Lune’, but the execution needed a /lot/ of work. I started skimming because of the sheer amount of telling and the need for proofreading. The proofreading issues were relatively small things that quite a few people would probably just read over without noticing them, but combined with how much telling there was in this book it made for a frustrating read. I almost abandoned it every single time I put it down (and quite a few times in between), but I stuck with it and I’m glad I did.
‘The Poppet and the Lune’ is a fairytale. It’s absolutely adorable and heart-warming. The titular characters are a girl stitched together by moonlight and a werewolf. The girl is created after a great tragedy strikes a village and kills all the children. The good-hearted witch promises them she can make a new child from all the others, but she dies before she can complete the spell. Time passes and the poppet/patchwork girl decides to leave the village to find her own way in life. Along the way she meets a wolf, who isn’t who he appears to be, and several other creatures, all of whom want something of her.
It’s a coming-of-age story and one of self-discovery. It touches on the meaning of (human) emotion as the patchwork girl tries to find herself. It’s about the power of names and the way people interact with one another. It’s about being true to yourself and the choices we make. It’s a fairytale that doesn’t, quite, follow the rules of fairytales and that works in its favour. The narrative is that of a storyteller which highlights the way the story itself is also about the stories: the ones we tell ourselves, the ones we tell others, and the ones we come to believe and how those stories affect us.
It’s also a love story and a story about happy endings. The poppet and the wereman (yep, there’s a reason I’m not giving names) are both intriguing characters and they complement each other well. Watching them navigate the world they’re in, getting to know themselves and each other was a treat. The little glimpses we get shown of their relationship and the world-building are what kept me reading in the end. It’s a sweet, little story.