the little match girl

i noticed y’all have been enjoying my novel masterposts. so im just going to keep posting because im obsessed with books like that T.T

for my study-like-rory studyblr friends who want to read all the books mentioned in gilmore girls (because hello?? who doesn’t??), here’s a list! pls let me know if i missed a book, but i think it’s quite a complete list! enjoy!!

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  • 1984 – George Orwell

A

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  • Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon
  • An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser
  • Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
  • Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  • Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
  • Archidamian War – Donald Kagen
  • The Art of Fiction  – Henry James
  • The Art of War – Sun Tzu
  • As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
  • Atonement – Ian McEwan
  • The Awakening – Kate Chopin
  • Autobiography of a Face – Lucy Grealy

B

  • Babe – Dick King-Smith
  • Backlash – Susan Faludi
  • Balzac & the Little Chinese Seamstress – Dai Sijie
  • The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  • Beloved – Toni Morrison
  • Beowulf – Seamus Heaney
  • The Bhagava Gita
  • The Bielski Brothers – Peter Duffy
  • Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women – Elizabeth Wurtzel
  • A Bolt From the Blue & other Essays – Mary McCarthy
  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • Brick Lane – Monica Ali
  • Brigadoon – Alan Jay Lerner

C

  • Candide – Voltaire
  • The Canterbury Tales – Chaucer
  • Carrie –Stephen King
  • Catch – 22 – Joseph Heller
  • The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
  • The Celebrated Jumping Frog – Mark Twain
  • Charlotte’s Web – EB White
  • The Children’s Hour – Lilian Hellman
  • Christine – Stephen King
  • A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  • A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  • The Code of the Woosters – PG Wodehouse
  • The Collected Short Stories – Eudora Welty
  • The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • A Comedy of Errors – William Shakespeare
  • Complete Novels – Dawn Powell
  • The Complete Poems – Anne Sexton
  • Complete Stories – Dorothy Parker
  • A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  • The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  • Cousin Bette – Honore de Balzac
  • Crime & Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Crimson Petal & the White – Michael Faber
  • The Crucible – Arthur Miller
  • Cujo – Stephen King
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon

D

  • Daughter of Fortune – Isabel Allende
  • David and Lisa – Dr. Theodore Issac Rubin
  • David Coperfield – Charles Dickens
  • The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  • Deal Souls – Nikolai Gogol (Season 3, episode 3)
  • Demons – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller
  • Deenie – Judy Blume
  • The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
  • The Dirt – Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mark, & Nikki Sixx
  • The Divine Comedy – Dante
  • The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood – Rebecca Wells
  • Don Quijote – Cervantes
  • Driving Miss Daisy – Alfred Uhrv
  • Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde ­– Robert Louis Stevenson

E

  • Complete Tales & Poems – Edgar Allan Poe
  • Eleanor Roosevelt – Blanche Wiesen Cook
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
  • Ella Minnow Pea – Mark Dunn
  • Eloise – Kay Thompson
  • Emily the Strange – Roger Reger
  • Emma – Jane Austen
  • Empire Falls – Richard Russo
  • Encyclopedia Brown – Donald J. Sobol
  • Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
  • Ethics – Spinoza
  • Eva Luna – Isabel Allende
  • Everything is Illuminated – Jonathon Safran Foer
  • Extravagance – Gary Kist

F

  • Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  • Fahrenheit 911 – Michael Moore
  • The Fall of the Athenian Empire – Donald Kagan
  • Fat Land:How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World – Greg Critser
  • Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
  • The Fellowship of the Ring – J R R Tolkien
  • Fiddler on the Roof – Joseph Stein
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
  • Finnegan’s Wake – James Joyce
  • Fletch – Gregory McDonald
  • Flowers of Algernon – Daniel Keyes
  • The Fortress of Solitude – Jonathon Lethem
  • The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
  • Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  • Franny and Zooey – JD Salinger
  • Freaky Friday – Mary Rodgers

G

  • Galapagos – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Gender Trouble – Judith Baker
  • George W. Bushism – Jacob Weisberg
  • Gidget – Fredrick Kohner
  • Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen
  • The Ghostic Gospels – Elaine Pagels
  • The Godfather – Mario Puzo
  • The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  • Goldilocks & the Three Bears – Alvin Granowsky
  • Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  • The Good Soldier – Ford Maddox Ford
  • The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
  • The Graduate – Charles Webb
  • The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  • The Group – Mary McCarthy

H

  • Hamlet – Shakespeare
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – JK Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – JK Rowling
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers
  • Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  • Helter Skelter – Vincent Bugliosi
  • Henry IV, Part 1 – Shakespeare
  • Henry IV, Part 2 – Shakespeare
  • Henry V – Shakespeare
  • High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
  • The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire – Edward Gibbons
  • Holidays on Ice – David Sedaris
  • The Holy Barbarians – Lawrence Lipton
  • House of Sand and Fog – Andre Dubus III
  • The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
  • How to Breathe Underwater – Julie Orringer
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr. Seuss
  • How the Light Gets In – MJ Hyland
  • Howl – Alan Ginsburg
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo

I

  • The Illiad – Homer
  • I’m With the Band – Pamela des Barres
  • In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  • Inferno – Dante
  • Inherit the Wind – Jerome Lawrence & Robert E Lee
  • Iron Weed – William J. Kennedy
  • It Takes a Village – Hilary Clinton

J

  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  • The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
  • Julius Caesar – Shakespeare
  • The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
  • Just a Couple of Days – Tony Vigorito

K

  • The Kitchen Boy – Robert Alexander
  • Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain
  • The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

L

  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover – DH Lawrence
  • The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 – Gore Vidal
  • Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman
  • The Legend of Bagger Vance – Steven Pressfield
  • Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis
  • Letters to a Young Poet – Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them – Al Franken
  • Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  • Little Dorrit – Charles Dickens
  • The Little Locksmith – Katharine Butler Hathaway
  • The Little Match Girl – Hans Christian Anderson
  • Little Woman – Louisa May Alcott
  • Living History – Hillary Clinton
  • Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  • The Lottery & Other Stories – Shirley Jackson
  • The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  • The Love Story – Eric Segal

M

  • Macbeth – Shakespeare
  • Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  • The Manticore – Robertson Davies (Season 3, episode 3)
  • Marathon Man – William Goldman
  • The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Memoirs of  Dutiful Daughter – Simone de Beauvoir
  • Memoirs of General WT Sherman – William Tecumseh Sherman
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
  • The Meaning of Consuelo – Judith Ortiz Cofer
  • Mencken’s Chrestomathy – HR Mencken
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor – Shakespeare
  • The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
  • Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  • The Miracle Worker – William Gibson
  • Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  • The Mojo Collection – Jim Irvin
  • Moliere – Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  • A Monetary History of the US – Milton Friedman
  • Monsieur Proust – Celeste Albaret
  • A Month of Sundays – Julie Mars
  • A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
  • Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  • Mutiny on the Bounty – Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall
  • My Lai 4 – Seymour M Hersh
  • My Life as Author and Editor – HR Mencken
  • My Life in Orange – Tim Guest
  • My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult

N

  • The Naked and the Dead – Norman Mailer
  • The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  • The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Nanny Diaries – Emma McLaughlin
  • Nervous System – Jan Lars Jensen
  • New Poems of Emily Dickinson
  • The New Way Things Work – David Macaulay
  • Nickel and Dimed – Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Night – Elie Wiesel
  • Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  • The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism – William E Cain
  • Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
  • Notes of a Dirty Old Man – Charles Bukowski

O

  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  • Old School – Tobias Wolff
  • Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  • On the Road – Jack Keruac
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch – Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life – Amy Tan
  • Oracle Night – Paul Auster
  • Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
  • Othello – Shakespeare
  • Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens
  • The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War – Donald Kagan
  • Out of Africa – Isac Dineson
  • The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton

P

  • A Passage to India – E.M. Forster
  • The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition – Donald Kagan
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
  • Peyton Place – Grace Metalious
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  • Pigs at the Trough – Arianna Huffington
  • Pinocchio – Carlo Collodi
  • Please Kill Me – Legs McNeil & Gilliam McCain
  • The Polysyllabic Spree – Nick Hornby
  • The Portable Dorothy Parker
  • The Portable Nietzche
  • The Price of Loyalty – Ron Suskind
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • Property – Valerie Martin
  • Pushkin – TJ Binyon
  • Pygmalion – George Bernard Shaw

Q

  • Quattrocento – James McKean
  • A Quiet Storm – Rachel Howzell Hall

R

  • Rapunzel – Grimm Brothers
  • The Razor’s Edge – W Somerset Maugham
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi
  • Rebecca – Daphne de Maurier
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm – Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
  • Rescuing Patty Hearst – Virginia Holman
  • The Return of the King – JRR Tolkien
  • R is for Ricochet – Sue Grafton
  • Rita Hayworth – Stephen King
  • Robert’s Rules of Order – Henry Robert
  • Roman Fever – Edith Wharton
  • Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare
  • A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
  • A Room with a View – EM Forster
  • Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin
  • The Rough Guide to Europe

S

  • Sacred Time – Ursula Hegi
  • Sanctuary – William Faulkner
  • Savage Beauty – Nancy Milford
  • Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller – Henry James
  • The Scarecrow of Oz – Frank L. Baum
  • The Scarlet Letter – Nathanial Hawthorne
  • Seabiscuit – Laura Hillenbrand
  • The Second Sex – Simone de Beauvior
  • The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
  • Secrets of the Flesh – Judith Thurman
  • Selected Letters of Dawn Powell (1913-1965)
  • Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  • A Separate Place – John Knowles
  • Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
  • Sexus – Henry Miller
  • The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafron
  • Shane – Jack Shaefer
  • The Shining – Stephen King
  • Siddartha – Hermann Hesse
  • S is for Silence – Sue Grafton
  • Slaughter-House 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Small Island – Andrea Levy
  • Snows of Kilamanjaro – Ernest Hemingway
  • Snow White and Red Rose – Grimm Brothers
  • Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy – Barrington Moore
  • The Song of Names – Norman Lebrecht
  • Song of the Simple Truth – Julia de Burgos
  • The Song Reader – Lisa Tucker
  • Songbook – Nick Hornby
  • The Sonnets – Shakespeare
  • Sonnets from the Portuegese – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Sophie’s Choice – William Styron
  • The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
  • Speak, Memory – Vladimir Nabakov
  • Stiff, The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – Mary Roach
  • The Story of my Life – Helen Keller
  • A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams
  • Stuart Little – EB White
  • Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  • Swann’s Way – Marcel Proust
  • Swimming with Giants – Anne Collett
  • Sybil – Flora Rheta Schreiber

T

  • A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  • Tender is the Night – F Scott Fitzgerald
  • Term of Endearment – Larry McMurty
  • Time and Again – Jack Finney
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffeneggar
  • To Have and to Have Not – Ernest Hemingway
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • The Tragedy of Richard III – Shakespeare
  • Travel and Motoring through Europe – Myra Waldo
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
  • The Trial – Franz Kafka
  • The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters – Elisabeth Robinson
  • Truth & Beauty – Ann Patchett
  • Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom

U

  • Ulysses – James Joyce
  • The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (1950-1962)
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Unless – Carol Shields

V

  • Valley of the Dolls – Jacqueline Susann
  • The Vanishing Newspaper – Philip Meyers
  • Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Velvet Underground – Joe Harvard
  • The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides

W

  • Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
  • Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  • Walt Disney’s Bambi – Felix Salten
  • War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  • We Owe You Nothing – Daniel Sinker
  • What Colour is Your Parachute – Richard Nelson Bolles
  • What Happened to Baby Jane – Henry Farrell
  • When the Emperor Was Divine – Julie Otsuka
  • Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee
  • Wicked – Gregory Maguire
  • The Wizard of Oz – Frank L Baum
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Y

  • The Yearling – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  • The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion

OTHER RESOURCES:

Some fractured fairy tale ideas...

- Cinderella went to the ball to kill the prince.

- “All hail Alice, the Queen of Hearts.”

- Rapunzel is the witch’s illegitimate daughter, and she is being kept safe from a king who would have her killed on sight.

- The Little Match Girl is a now phantom luring people to their deaths.

- Little Red Riding Hood is a werewolf.

- “So… You’re the Pied Piper, eh? I thought you’d be taller.”

- Princess Snow White and the evil Snow Queen? One and the same.

- “If you value your life, my life, the lives of everyone in this city… you won’t wake the sleeping princess.”

- The land of the Twelve Dancing Princesses is falling apart at the seams, and the rest of reality with it.

- A witch who made some bad decisions in her youth is forced to adopt and raise a child.

- After Jack the Giant Killer ruthlessly murdered their king and threw their world into turmoil and war, the inhabitants of the Sky Kingdom must rebuild their lives.

- “What… what is it?”
“A firebird – the last of her kind.”

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The Little Match Girl

By Hans Christian Anderson

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Most terribly cold it was; it snowed, and was nearly quite dark, and evening– the last evening of the year. In this cold and darkness there went along the street a poor little girl, bareheaded, and with naked feet. When she left home she had slippers on, it is true; but what was the good of that? They were very large slippers, which her mother had hitherto worn; so large were they; and the poor little thing lost them as she scuffled away across the street, because of two carriages that rolled by dreadfully fast.

One slipper was nowhere to be found; the other had been laid hold of by an urchin, and off he ran with it; he thought it would do capitally for a cradle when he some day or other should have children himself. So the little maiden walked on with her tiny naked feet, that were quite red and blue from cold. She carried a quantity of matches in an old apron, and she held a bundle of them in her hand. Nobody had bought anything of her the whole livelong day; no one had given her a single farthing.

She crept along trembling with cold and hunger–a very picture of sorrow, the poor little thing!

The flakes of snow covered her long fair hair, which fell in beautiful curls around her neck; but of that, of course, she never once now thought. From all the windows the candles were gleaming, and it smelt so deliciously of roast goose, for you know it was New Year’s Eve; yes, of that she thought.

In a corner formed by two houses, of which one advanced more than the other, she seated herself down and cowered together. Her little feet she had drawn close up to her, but she grew colder and colder, and to go home she did not venture, for she had not sold any matches and could not bring a farthing of money: from her father she would certainly get blows, and at home it was cold too, for above her she had only the roof, through which the wind whistled, even though the largest cracks were stopped up with straw and rags.

Her little hands were almost numbed with cold. Oh! a match might afford her a world of comfort, if she only dared take a single one out of the bundle, draw it against the wall, and warm her fingers by it. She drew one out. “Rischt!” how it blazed, how it burnt! It was a warm, bright flame, like a candle, as she held her hands over it: it was a wonderful light. It seemed really to the little maiden as though she were sitting before a large iron stove, with burnished brass feet and a brass ornament at top. The fire burned with such blessed influence; it warmed so delightfully. The little girl had already stretched out her feet to warm them too; but–the small flame went out, the stove vanished: she had only the remains of the burnt-out match in her hand.

She rubbed another against the wall: it burned brightly, and where the light fell on the wall, there the wall became transparent like a veil, so that she could see into the room. On the table was spread a snow-white tablecloth; upon it was a splendid porcelain service, and the roast goose was steaming famously with its stuffing of apple and dried plums. And what was still more capital to behold was, the goose hopped down from the dish, reeled about on the floor with knife and fork in its breast, till it came up to the poor little girl; when–the match went out and nothing but the thick, cold, damp wall was left behind. She lighted another match. Now there she was sitting under the most magnificent Christmas tree: it was still larger, and more decorated than the one which she had seen through the glass door in the rich merchant’s house.

Thousands of lights were burning on the green branches, and gaily-colored pictures, such as she had seen in the shop-windows, looked down upon her. The little maiden stretched out her hands towards them when–the match went out. The lights of the Christmas tree rose higher and higher, she saw them now as stars in heaven; one fell down and formed a long trail of fire.

“Someone is just dead!” said the little girl; for her old grandmother, the only person who had loved her, and who was now no more, had told her, that when a star falls, a soul ascends to God.

She drew another match against the wall: it was again light, and in the lustre there stood the old grandmother, so bright and radiant, so mild, and with such an expression of love.

“Grandmother!” cried the little one. “Oh, take me with you! You go away when the match burns out; you vanish like the warm stove, like the delicious roast goose, and like the magnificent Christmas tree!” And she rubbed the whole bundle of matches quickly against the wall, for she wanted to be quite sure of keeping her grandmother near her. And the matches gave such a brilliant light that it was brighter than at noon-day: never formerly had the grandmother been so beautiful and so tall. She took the little maiden, on her arm, and both flew in brightness and in joy so high, so very high, and then above was neither cold, nor hunger, nor anxiety–they were with God.

But in the corner, at the cold hour of dawn, sat the poor girl, with rosy cheeks and with a smiling mouth, leaning against the wall–frozen to death on the last evening of the old year. Stiff and stark sat the child there with her matches, of which one bundle had been burnt. “She wanted to warm herself,” people said. No one had the slightest suspicion of what beautiful things she had seen; no one even dreamed of the splendor in which, with her grandmother she had entered on the joys of a new year.

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