Friday, 9 December 2011

The Telling Tales Reading Challenge 2012!

Welcome to Always look on the bright side of life's first reading challenge. I know I haven't been blogging much but i thought that a reading challenge might be just the thing to help me start. Whilst talking to my sister about the awesomeness of blog reading challenges and how she wanted to host one, we came up with an amazing idea based on her love and obsession with fairy tales, folklore and anything vaguely mythological (which she has managed to fairly successfully managed to pass on to me). We decided to host the telling tales reading challenge on both our blogs in the hope that people would join us in reading as many fairy tale, myth or legend based books, poems, plays or graphics novels as possible. so without further ado i give you...

The Telling Tales Reading Challenge 2012!

  • The challenge runs from 1st January 2012 until the 31st December 2012. You may sign up to participate at any point between these two dates.
  • Any genre counts as long as it is in some way related to fairy tales, folklore or mythology. If you're not sure if it counts- as long as you can make a case for why it should, then it does :)
  • You can reread books for this challenge as long as the reviews that you link are written during 2012. It can also overlap with other reading challenges.
  • Whatever you read must be a version of a fairy tale or myth, or contain fairy tale or mythological characters, settings, or sequence of events.
  • Every month there will be updates either here or on Bekah's blog. Please link up your reviews for that month on this post.
That is all.
Now for the interesting stuff:

The Categories

Here are the levels:

Level 1: read 5 books

Level 2: read 10 books

Level 3: read 15 books

Level 4: read 20 books

Level 5: read 25 books

you can sign up for any level and choose to read purely from the categories listed below, or you can participate in the Mix n Match category, or the Adaptation Amalgamation category, or all of them if you're brave!

Twisted Fairytales – retellings or modern interpretations of fairytales or myths. For inspiration, look here.
Classics – Myth and fairytale from the classics genre (e.g. Homer, Grimm, Virgil, Hans Christian Andersen)
Graphics – Graphic novels and comics based around or containing elements of mythology and fairytale. Examples include Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series and Bill Willingham’s Fables series among others. For a list that barely scrapes the surface, go here.
Poetry & Drama – We’ve put this in because we’re sure there must be some. I've managed to find some, but if you know of any others please let us know!

Non- Fiction – Anything about myth, fairytale, folklore or fantasy in general that doesn’t belong to the fictional genre.

Extra Categories
Adaptation Amalgamation – Watch a film and read the book it is based on. This category can incorporate as many other categories as you like (i.e all your films do not have to be based on graphic novels, but some can be, and some twisted fairytale, some non-fiction etc)
Mix n Match – Exactly what it says. Sign up for a level and pick that number of books from any or all of the other categories.
As you can probably tell, Bex and I like to make lists. If this seems incredibly convoluted and off-putting, we apologise and take solace in the fact that we have each other, so neither of us will be doing the challenge alone! We do hope that other people will join us though, as it’s always fun to find out about new books, and the more people that do it, the more likely we are to finish it!
If you’d like to join, please leave a comment with a link to your sign up post and I will make a list of participants which will be up both here and at Bex's blog.

No comments:

Post a Comment