The Rumpelstiltskin Problem

The Rumpelstiltskin Problem[KINDLE] ❄ The Rumpelstiltskin Problem By Vivian Vande Velde – Have you ever wondered just what was going on when that odd little man with the long name stepped up and volunteered to spin straw into gold for the miller’s daughter If you stop and think about it Have you ever wondered just what was going on when that odd little man with the long name stepped up and volunteered to spin straw into gold for the miller’s daughter If you stop and think about it there are some very peculiar and rather hard to explain components to the story Vivian Vande Velde has wondered too and she’s come up with these six alternative versions of the old legend A bevy of miller’s The Rumpelstiltskin PDF/EPUB or daughters confront their perilous situation in very different ways — sometimes comic sometimes scary Most of the time it’s the daughter who gets off safely but sometimes amazingly Rumpelstiltskin himself wins the day And in one tale it is the king who cleverly escapes a uite unexpected fate.

Vivian Vande Velde born currently residing in Rochester New York is an American author who writes books primarily aimed at young adultsHer novels and short story collections usually have some element of horror or fantasy but are primarily humorous Her book Never Trust a Dead Man received the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel She says that she really likes to write for.

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  • Hardcover
  • 116 pages
  • The Rumpelstiltskin Problem
  • Vivian Vande Velde
  • English
  • 13 August 2016
  • 9780618055234

10 thoughts on “The Rumpelstiltskin Problem

  1. Emma says:

    You probably already know the story of Rumpelstiltskin Just in case you don't uite remember it here are the details A poor miller tells the king that his daughter can spin straw into gold But she can't The king then brings the daughter to the castle to spin some straw into gold She is very highly motivated to do so since the king will kill her if she doesn't So the girl is in a bit of trouble right? Luckily a little man drops by and offers to spin the straw into gold for the girl First in exchange for a gold ring then a gold necklace Then the girl has to spin straw one last time if she does the king will marry her but she's out of gold because Rumpelstiltskin obviously needs gold So the little man asks for the daughter's first born child She says okay Time passes and Rumpelstiltskin comes to collect but the daughter balks so Rumpelstiltskin gives her an out guess his name and she can keep the child Eventually she does and the little man is royally upset and stamps a crack in the castle and explodesWeird story right? Vivian Vande Velde certainly thought so In an attempt to better justify some of the weird bits of Rumpelstiltskin Vande Velde came up with her short story collection called appropriately enough The Rumpelstiltskin Problem The book features six stories uestions answered include Why would Rumpelstiltskin spin gold in exchange for less gold? Why would he want a baby? Why is the miller telling people his daughter can spin straw into gold? Why can't anyone guess such a bizarre name? And These retellings have the tone of modern fairy tales Each story begins something like this Once upon a time before pizzerias or Taco Bells creating a nice contrast between our time and that elusive time that all of the good stories happened upon The stories run on average ten pages And every one is different Vande Velde never covers the same ground twiceIn some versions the miller and his daughter save themselves in others Rumpelstiltskin yes the bad guy does Sometimes the king is a creep sometimes he isn't Each story offers a slightly different take on the story by asking what if?The stories feature Vande Velde's usual ingenuity in this case taking one of the oldest fairy tales in the book and making it her own six times My person favorites in the collection are Straw into Gold The Domovoi and Papa Rumpelstiltskin because Vande Velde takes the framework of the Rumpelstiltskin story and just runs with it bringing each of these stories into completely new territory At times heartwarming at times sad this collection is a must read for anyone who likes a good fairy tale with a twist and of course for anyone who is already a fan of Vivian Vande VeldeThe only difference between this collection and Vande Velde's novels I'm thinking particularly of A Well Timed Enchantment which also turns the whole fairy tale tradition on its head is that the short stories don't have the same depth because they're short This isn't a bad thing just if you're new to Vande Velde's work I'd recommend starting with one of her novels instead because they are illustrative of her all around awesomenessYou can find this review and on my blog Miss Print

  2. Amalia says:

    A friend of mine picked this book up at a used bookstore and decided it would be something I would like Well I love children's literature including fairy tales I have a particular soft spot for fairy tale retellings so I can see what my friend saw I would see in this slim volume Do you see what I mean?Ok Down to business The six retellings in this book are all interesting twists on the original I definitely preferred some over others and probably liked the last one the best However I made the mistak of reading this volume as I wouild a book straight through and in order of presentation While it is an interesting read and I love the concept I would highly reccomend reading each story as an entity of its own Read something else completely different in between stories to keep the plot freshish Vande Velde has kept the main elements of the original tale in each of the six versions presented so it does get a bit tedious when read as a novelTake them as the short stories they are meant to be and this volume is a wonderful study of possibilities

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I really liked this short story collection when I was a child and on my recent re read adult me was not disappointed These six retellings of Rumpelstiltskin are all different from each other in both content and tone and some of them are really funny They all stick to the main plot but each one comes at it from a different angle Highly recommended to anyone who likes fairy tale retellings uirky stories or a good laugh

  4. Mayda says:

    If you ever thought that the Rumpelstiltskin tale left something to be desired then this is the book for you Author Vivian Velde takes the story as it has come down to us through the ages points out its weak spots and then writes six alternative stories featuring Rumpelstiltskin The tales vary much and there is sure to be one that appeals to you than the original story Anyone who likes fairy tales will enjoy this collection

  5. Melanie says:

    Such a cute collection of stories I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed nearly all of the stories They were all uniue retellings of Rumpelstiltskin There were two stories that were favorites and I had such fun reading this

  6. Allison Tebo says:

    WARNING SPOILERS ABOUND BELOW Well overall that was very cute From the utterly charming introduction I was hooked this authoress has a real talent for doing the super short story but delving so deeply into the nooks and crannies of fairy tales with such humor There was only a few things that kept me from giving it a higher rating A Fairy Tale In Bad Taste While this was a really funny set and had hysterical scenes scattered through it things turned grislyStraw Into Gold This one was absolutely lovely and would have been five shining stars except for one thing at the end I was laughing throughout and absolutely loved the Elfin Rumpelstiltskin with his sweet charm and sensitivity I absolutely loved him and the main girl as a couple and his clever plan to help her The one thing I didn't like was that she left the king for Rumpelstiltskin at the end Even if the King was a disinterested bore I didn't like the theme of unfaithfulness'shrug' I wish there had been a little tweaking here to change that one thing then it would have been perfect The Dumovoi OH MY GOODNESS 'suealing' I want a dumovoi I want one I want one so BAD This little guy was so cute oh my I just wanted to hug him Words fail for how utterly imaginative and delightful this story was and Rumpelstiltskin as a furry little teddy bear that lives for cream and making people happy?? PERFECTION I was suealing and laughing through the whole thing and yelling at my kindle when the girl who spins who is hardly a heroine was so cruel to him OH MY WORD Rumpelstiltskin's poor little heart as he tries frantically to make this brat happy it is laugh out loud hilarious It's going to take me a while to recover from this overwhelming sweetness of this book and this character it is SO GOOD The only thing I didn't like was the ending where it implied that the poor sweet baby ended up preferring cats to people I would have preferred him to have a nice new home with a nice familyPapa Rumpelstiltskin This was so cute a father daughter team who must use their wits to outsmart the king and their own bumbling Ms Rumpelstiltskin This one was VERY clever no uestion but I wasn't uite as involved with the characters since they are really anti heroes As Good As Gold THIS ONE WAS SO HILARIOUS Prince Gregory was one of the best Prince characters I have ever read Polite decent and entirely independent He can calmly recognize that a girl is pretty and still discern that her character is lousy and that he wants nothing to do with her His polite way of dealing with the conniving spinner who is a hoot herself was absolutely hilarious and I loved how he turned the tables on her at the end THIS ONE IS PRICELESS Content Grisly first story involving a troll? that eats relatives and wants to eat a baby One story features a girl leaving her husband for not very good reasons after she was stupid enough to marry him One crude word OVERALL Such fun I can't wait to check out from this authoress

  7. Q says:

    Let's consider Rumplestiltskin for a minute we all know the story There are some severe problems with it even so than normally seen in fairy tales Among them1 Why in the world would the miller tell the king something as stupid and obviously false and impossible as my daughter can spin straw into gold?2 How the heck did he MEET the king in the first place?3 Why does the daughter go along with this and what is her freaking name anyway??4 Why does she decide to marry the guy who threatened her life and forced her to make all this gold in the first place?It just doesn't make a great deal of sense And so begins the book which is a collection of several possible answers Each of the stories is a fractured fairy tale of sorts and all Rumplestiltskin The story remains the same the circumstances range from blackmail to insanity to a long night drinking vodka in a local barA wonderful read through a well known tale

  8. Luann says:

    In The Rumpelstiltskin Problem Vivian Vande Velde writes six wildly different stories that fix the Rumpelstiltskin story to answer uestions such as why a miller would claim that his daughter could spin straw into gold why Rumpelstiltskin wanted a baby or why Rumpelstiltskin would accept a gold ring or necklace as payment when he could spin all the gold he wanted out of straw All of the stories were just slightly outlandish but mostly funFixing a fairy tale in this way is a clever idea I want a writing teacher somewhere to try this with their class and let me know how it goes I'd like to read the stories that are generated

  9. Magpie67 says:

    I love fairy tales and I totally love fractured fairy tales Vivian's view of the whole story about Rumpelstiltskin spoke of comedian levels of humor As if I were watching her on stage discussing this story and how it totally doesn't make any sense at all How did they get from point A to point D where did all the middle of the story go?At the castle the king locks the girl into a room and tells her 'Spin this straw into gold or tomorrow you shall die' Not my idea of a promising first dateI enjoyed reading Vivian's 6 stories of different variations of what could have happened with Rumpelstiltskin 'Straw Into Gold was my favorite'

  10. Quirks says:

    Before reading all I knew about Rumpelstiltskin was that he was a dude who could spin straw into gold I loved Rumple in Once Upon A Time but I didn't know the folk tale; which is why I'm very glad that the author started the book by giving us a brief introduction to the original story And I loved the way she told it by pointing out all the ways in which the story was ridiculous and implausible in a good wayI can't say for sure that everyone will appreciate this particular brand of humour I read a review by someone who found it offensive but I liked it Because the truth is the story doesn't entirely make sense and I don't think the author was trying to criticize or insult that More like she was just pointing out that we love these stories because of how uirky they are It was also her way of giving us a little precursor to the rest of the book and telling us that it shouldn't be taken seriously and that it's just good funAfter the introduction there are six different version of Rumpelstiltskin's story And I have to praise the author for how different all the stories are not just in plot but also in tone and which characters were features to what degree Some stories are pure entertainment like the first one while others are heartfelt Some have Rumpelstiltskin as a protagonist others as an antagonist Some are from his perceptive while one is even from the perspective of the kingStill I wouldn't recommend reading all six stories in one sitting There are a couple of tropes that are features one too many times Also the stories are just enjoyable individuallyOverall this was a great compilation Not only am I now familiar with Rumpelstiltskin's story but I also know a bunch of different versions of it I love retellings and I think the author did a wonderful job with these I loved her style of storytelling and especially her humour In fact I'm currently reading her Cloaked in Red which you guess it features stories about Little Red Riding Hood

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