Mapping Fairy-Tale Space: Pastiche and Metafiction in Borderless Tales contains just two sections: “Mapping Fairy Tales” and “Fairy-Tale Maps.” The first section analyzes and critiques the ABC television series Once Upon a Time (2011–2018), Marissa Meyer's series of The Lunar Chronicles (2012–2015), and Seanan McGuire's Indexing (2014), each of which uses a combination of classic fairy tales (such as Cinderella and Snow White) to create physical and sometimes geographical boundaries that guide audiences through the story lines. Christy Williams deems these stories “borderless” because they transcend political and geographical boundaries and exist without confinement of storytelling techniques, determined geographical boundaries, or general understandings of science.

The book's second section, “Fairy-Tale Maps,” analyzes the Korean television drama Secret Garden (2010) and three short pieces of fiction by Kelly Link. Williams demonstrates how the characters in those works learn that fairy tales may contain outdated lessons and thus are not always reliable...

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