Hello Friends! I hope all is well with you. Today I want to share my thoughts on Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul by Nikita Gill.
I have read one other collection by Nikita Gill and I really enjoyed it. So I was very excited when I learned about this collection coming out, and immediately ran to the bookstore to haul it.
I hear so many readers admit that poetry isn’t their thing and I get it. I hear so many readers admit that short stories aren’t their thing, and I get that too. So for Gill to put out a collection that consists of both, I felt it very brave and was all over it.
This collection hits on some important topics which I appreciated. You can’t read Nikita Gill and not feel like she doesn’t have your back. She is very empowering and I love that. I love that she chose to do a collection of poetry and short stories with a twist–focusing her writing on retelling fairy tales. Fairy tale retellings are a pretty big deal in certain corners of the reading community and I can understand why. Some of them a truly fascinating, and it is even more fascinating to see how much the story changed as it was passed down through the ages and went from culture to culture.
I had high hopes for this collection. I wanted to love it with every bit of my soul.. but I didn’t.
There were some hard hitting passages. There were some sentences that took my breath away..
“I exist. Outside of being a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, I exist. I exist as a human first, as a being that experiences joy and suffering, beauty and learning, life and tragedy. I exist because the universe chose to put me here for a purpose higher than my relation to men. I exist because a wise old woman gave me a gift and now magic runs through my veins. So the problem is not my existence as half dragon, half girl. The problem is how you perceive it as so small, you do not believe I can exist at all apart from through my bonds with men.”
I found myself preferring the poetry over the short stories at about halfway through the collection and then to go a little deeper, at a little over halfway, I found myself getting tired of reading the same things over and over.
This just started to feel very repetitive. I felt like I was being hit over the head.. which maybe that was what she was going for. There are people who need to get their hands on this collection and be hit upside the head a few times with the topics discussed, but I hit the point where I just wanted it to be over.
I think this collection would’ve worked a lot better if Gill would’ve made it a straight poetry collection, or a collection of short stories. I loved the poetry but I think it would’ve been just as awesome as a short story collection where she could’ve flushed things out a bit more and the focus was on writing in on format versus the back and forth.
I will continue to support Nikita Gill’s work. I think she has a distinct voice which deserves all the recognition, especially in today’s word where poets can be underappreciated. I think she is a force to be reckoned with. I think she has found her niche and is sticking to it. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I feel a tad bit more connected with the rest of her work than I did with this one.