TBTB = Throwback Thursday Books 🙂 This time an old review back from July 2012…
„The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell“ by Chris Colfer
T he Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.T he Land of Stories „The Wishing Spell“ is the most incredible book I’ve read since „The Never-ending Story“, and that was the very first book I read when I was little. I’ve read plenty of books in between, and many of them I truly loved and treasured, but when I read The Land of Stories a feeling came back that I didn’t think I could still feel, being a twenty-something and all.
I was feeling young again. Not that feeling of being young, where you are feeling overly excited about something like when it was Christmas. But truly young, back at the age when you lived in the fairy tale world. When you were begging everyone at your house to read to you, or when you learned reading before you even went to school, only because you wanted to read all those wonderful stories all by yourself.
When you wanted to have all those characters for yourself and imagined what their „happily ever after“ was actually like.
You imagined what happened to all the princes and princesses after they got married? What happened to that kingdom after it woke up from 100 years of sleep? What could have possibly made the Evil Queen so evil?
I’m a twenty-something now, and I haven’t really thought much about fairy tales lately. Things happen when you grow up and you stop believing in them, or stop seeing them in the way you did back when you were little. Discovering them again thanks to Chris Colfer was one of the best things that could have ever happened, and I could almost hate myself for forgetting how much fairy tales helped me grow and be the person I am today.
And Chris didn’t just help me remember about fairy tales. He also painted a wonderful picture of „The Land of Stories“ of the big „what happened after happily ever after“ question that every passionate reader of fairy tales carries in their heart since they were a child.
His imagination of the kingdoms and the land, how they fit together and what all of the fairy tale characters have grown into over the years is more beautiful then anything I could have ever imagined as a child and the twins Conner and Alex (who get lost in the fairy tale world) are just the cherry on top of it all. All of the characters are really magnificent and even if you never imagined them to be like Chris has written them, you will have an unforgettable time travelling through the world of Chris‘ imagination.
You know some books you read in one night, because they are so intense, interesting or funny, you can’t put them down. It took me a little over a week to finish „The Land of Stories“, not because it wasn’t intense, interesting or funny, it is all of those things. But because I didn’t want the book to end.
I didn’t want to say goodbye to Alex and Conner. I wanted to stay on the journey with them, meet more interesting people, see more of the wonderful Land of Stories. After a couple of chapters I always felt like I had to give my head a little time to digest what I had just read; walk through it again in my imagination; make up my own little picture of the kingdoms, the landscape, the people, remember how my younger self sometimes imagined all of these things to be.
I know, some might not be as passionate about this book as I am, but that’s probably because they never experienced fairy tales the way I did when I was little.
All I can say to „The Land of Stories“ is: Thank you Chris Colfer, for bringing fairy tales back into a world and into a generation that truly needs them. Thank you for letting us wander around your imagination.
I hope everyone picks up this book, not because I said so or because it’s the „Chris Colfer“ from Glee, but because you loved fairy tales as a kid. Because you know the characters like Snow White and the Prince Charmings and Cinderella…., because you miss them and want to have another adventure with them. Even if you are a twenty-something like me.