Book/Movie Recs for Strange Magic Fans
The Hollow Kingdom by Clare Dunkle:
Another Stranger recommended this book in reference to my favourite SM fic, An Awful Fix by Rosewater Witch. It’s also about a Goblin King and an old manor home in the UK. Set in the 1800s, it’s a YA horror/romance about a sassy, charming but not so easy-on-the-eyes Goblin King, Marak, who falls for a mortal girl, Kate, who finds him insufferable. After their father dies, Kate and Emily move in with their aunts on the family estate, Hollow Hill. Unbeknownst to them, their land is right on top of the Goblin Kingdom. Marak wants to take Kate underground to be his bride, but Kate has other plans. Her free-spirited younger sister Emily, on the other hand, thinks the sharp tongued, magic working Marak is pretty rad. Really great atmosphere, good tension, lovely setting, likable characters. My one complaint is the kidnap-ie stuff is weird and problematic, but overall I’d say the book is definitely worth a read. Oh and the Goblin King has mismatched eyes. Susan Kay and David Bowie fans rejoice!
This is it. Goblin King prime. My unresolved issues with this movie are probably a good chunk of what inclined me (and maybe some of you) to the the SM fandom. I’m shocked if any of you haven’t seen it, but just in case: It’s about a sparkly, snarky Goblin King played by David Bowie who kidnaps the main character’s baby brother because he’s fallen in love with her, and in order to get him back she has to travel through a wacky Labyrinth full of 80s synths and puppets. And glitter. So. Much. Glitter.
But yeah, it’s campy and hilarious and David Bowie is super hot, check it out. In one scene he’s holding a RIDING CROP. Enough said.
War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
This is an underrated classic! I feel like almost no one knows about it, but it’s so good! It’s an Urban Fantasy set in Minneapolis (that’s where I live!) in the 1980s. A singer in a local alt rock band unwittingly gets caught up in a war between the Seelie and Unseelie Faerie courts. In war, The Seelie court chooses a mortal artist to draw power from. Thanks to a Phouka, a creature who shifts forms from a large black dog to a puckish man (who bears a passing resemblance to Prince in his prime), Eddi gets the honor of serving as the Seelie court’s mortal avatar. The Phouka serves as her guardian as she finds herself a pawn in an ancient conflict, but Eddi would rather be off playing guitar with her rag tag band. Again, lots of 80s music here, a kick ass lady protag and a super endearing, mischievous Faerie dude. What’s not to love?
Valiant by Holly Black
Okay Strangers, you’re going to love this one. So, it’s about this tough girl who plays Lacrosse, Val, who catches her boyfriend cheating on her with her mom! Ew, right? So she freaks out, shaves her head and runs away to New York city, where she falls in with a crowd of weird homeless teenagers who claim to know about Faeries. One of them, Luis, makes his living by distributing Faerie medicine made by his employer, Ravus, a half-troll. This Faerie medicine, which they call ‘Never’ can be used by humans as well, giving them temporary faerie glamour. One of Val’s new friends takes her to spy on Ravus, who she claims is a monster who lives under a bridge. His magical security system nearly kills them, but Val grabs a sword off the wall and manages to hold it off. When Ravus gets back, he figures out the two have been stealing Never and taking it as a drug. Val strike a deal in exchange for her friend’s life that she’ll work distributing for him. Ravus turns out to be a pretty cool guy and starts teaching her how to fight with a sword. Things would be great except that someone’s been poisoning Faeries, and Ravus’s position as a potion maker has him pegged as suspect #1. Yeah, if you liked Strange Magic, I have a feeling you’ll really dig this one. Val is a really cool, flawed, kick ass protag, and Ravus is a shy, honorable lanky dork, so, y’know.
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones - Book or movie. You know the drill. Gorgeous/monstrous wizard, smart, no-nonsense girl. Magic, revenge, moving castles. Great characters, great dialogue, great story.
Phantom by Susan Kay - My favourite retelling of the Phantom of the Opera story in any medium. Really great backstory for the Phantom. The romance at the end is a bit ugh, but everything leading up to it is incredible. Super sassy version of the Phantom character, and he has a rad bromance full of banter with the Daroga. The dialogue in this is just kick ass.
The Last Unicorn (1982) - This is the most 70s fantasy book/movie in existence. I don’t care the movie was made in 82. It’s the most 70s thing fucking ever and I love it. Also there’s a cute-ass wizard with great gams. And it’s a very clever and beautiful story. And the movie has a really unique animation style!
Please reblog with your own recommendations! Anything you think Strange Magic fans would enjoy!