Metaphrog

The Little Mermaid [Metaphrog]

The Little Mermaid is Hans Christian Andersen’s most celebrated tale and is beautifully adapted here as a graphic novel by the Eisner award nominated duo Metaphrog (Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers), winners of the Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards Best Visual Artist 2016, and authors of the acclaimed The Red Shoes and Other Tales.

The Little Mermaid lives deep under the ocean and longs to see the world above. When at last she is allowed to rise to the surface at age fifteen, she falls in love with a young prince. In order to become a human and to be with him, she makes a dangerous pact with the Sea Witch.

My thoughts on the book: The Little Mermaid is one of my favourite tale from growing up. And I must admit that when I first read the “real” story written by Andersen, I was sad that the mermaid didn’t get a happy ending like she does in the Disney version. But, if you really think about it, the fact that most of the original versions of fairy tales are actually very dark is far more interesting. It gives more food for thought on some level, even though you keep thinking that they deserve to be happy, and it’s quite unfair and frustrating.

That’s why I really liked this new edition of the famous story. It is based on the original storyline. It’s a gripping story boasting beautiful illustrations.

I really enjoyed it, except for one little fact — I was really disappointed with the way the Prince looked. He has very feminine, almost androgynous facial traits. He didn’t strike me as attractive at all. But that’s very biased one might argue.

My score: ♥ ♥ ♥

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