Over the holidays I visited Kassel, Germany, where I learned that two of my favorite storytellers had lived many years—the Grimm Brothers. In Kassel, there is a wonderful museum dedicated to Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Their fairy tales have been translated into many languages.
What has made these fairy tales endure over the years? I think it’s good story.
Here are some of the other good stories and storytellers that have been recommended to me so far for study:
Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries
Jennifer Donnelly, A Northern Light
Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects
Rachel Joyce, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle Book One
Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus
J.K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith
Hank Phillippi Ryan
James Alexander Thom
Andy Weir, The Martian
Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Secret of Roan Inish (film)