Book: Becoming - Part 2 of the Siblings' Tale (Elisabeth and Edvard's World) by Astrid V.J.categories: Book, Fairy Tale Retelling, Coming of Age, Young Adult Fiction, High Fantasy, Fairy Tale Adaptation, Teen Fiction, Magic Fantasy, Motivational Reading, Wizards and Witches, Uplifting Literature, Inspirational Stories, Fairy Tale Fantasy
Astrid V.J.about this book: In Becoming, Elisabeth learns about success in all areas of her life. She becomes a magic-user who proves her worth, protecting her country and defeating her step-mother who heads a coven of witches intent on taking over power in the kingdom. Elisabeth is able to correct her earlier failings of miscommunication that plagued her relationship with Richard. They are able to form a cohesive unit and become a very supportive couple, helping each other achieve their dreams. She also learns to stand up for herself, acknowledge her own value and creates a place for herself in her society.
Other themes that are touched on throughout The Siblings' Tale are mixed-race relationships, the problems that arise from making assumptions instead of actually knowing what a person is really thinking, being charitable and socially conscientious, environmental degradation through human greed and possibilities for sustainability. Finally, it is an uplifting tale deliberately targeted to teenage girls to help them find their own greatness and to identify their own potential.
In the Siblings' Tale, I deliberately cover a wide range of social topics to spark a discussion on our own society. Since the tale is set in a fictitious, fantasy realm, it gives readers an opportunity to distance themselves from their own lived experiences. This distance is quite important when taking on large social topics like racism and environmental degradation. It allows for a more objective viewpoint and opens people to the possibility of other viewpoints.
I wrote the Siblings' Tale because I was tired of all the Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and Snow White retellings. I longed for a fantasy world that was not chock-a-block full of action sequences and which offered an opportunity to think about social issues I would actually like to discuss with others, rather than escaping into a fantasy where none of our real-world issues are considered important. I would like to engage with important issues using a platform where a discussion could be more objective and where I have had the opportunity to tease out ideas surrounding those issues.
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