Series: I Hate Fairyland #1
Genre: Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Humour
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 20th April 2016
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Follow Gert, a forty year old woman stuck in a six year old's body who has been trapped in the magical world of Fairyland for nearly thirty years. Join her and her giant battle-axe on a delightfully blood-soaked journey to see who will survive the girl who hates Fairyland.
So, I’ve just finished I Hate Fairyland and it was… interesting. The story is about Gertrude, a little girl who is taken to Fairyland, a colourful, cheery world full of magic. To go home, all Gertrude needs to do is go on a quest and retrieve the magical key that will allow her to leave. If only it were that simple. Decades later, Gertrude is still searching for the key, going slowly insane in a fantasy world that is no longer quite so peaceful…
What an incredible premise for a story. I had never considered what might happen if a child were to get stuck in a Wonderlandesque world, and now I’m traumatised by the thought. With nobody but an exhausted, cynical animal guide to support her, Gertrude has found only one way to express her frustration: though constant, remorseless violence. I was pretty certain from the cover that this would be a gruesome read, but I really had no idea just how gory a cartoon could be.
Gertrude’s rival in the story is Queen Cloudia, who despises Gertrude’s destructive personality. The laws of Fairyland dictate that the Queen of Fairyland cannot harm a guest, so she sets about to find a loophole that she can use to her advantage to bring Gertrude down. I liked the fact that the two main characters were both villains in their own way.
However, I think by the end of the volume, I was finding the violence, the writing, the plot, a little repetitive. I would still read on to find out what happens, but I’m not sure a long series would be able to keep me engaged to the end. I would have to hope for some major character development, as Gertrude’s attitude was fun for one volume, but I believe it would become boring relatively quickly. She also seemed to be unfairly overpowered, and nothing seemed to really damage her – every character needs a weakness! Therefore, I did find myself rooting for Queen Cloudia after just one chapter…
Overall though, it was a funny read, and the juxtaposition of cute and gory makes it a little different from what I usually read.