Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Reasearch: Folklore

Hey everyone. This is a fly by post as I am counting down the hours (and words) until a looming deadline.

I've received a lot of questions recently about the research books I use in my writing, particularly for my Faeries and magic. Of course, I make a lot of things up (I am a writer after all) but especially in the Alex Craft novels, I like to incorporate some traditional folklore. And as I can't run off to the UK to hear these stories first hand (those that are left in the oral tradition, that is--so much has been lost). My main source for research is from books.

 I've slowly been scanning my research books into goodreads (love their iphone bar-code reader--though some of my books are too old to have bar codes) and I've finally managed to get a decent number of my folklore books scanned into the goodreads system.  Which means I can share them with you!  The ones I recommend most have the highest star ratings, but just because I haven't added stars yet doesn't mean I don't like the book--it might be that I haven't decided yet or just haven't had time to review it recently enough to to make my suggestion (as a whole, I only have a few complete flops on my shelves, but I don't think I scanned any of them into this list).

Anyway, for those looking for more information on Faeries and Folklore, here is a decent list to start perusing.  Enjoy!

Kalayna's bookshelf: folklore

A Dictionary of English FolkloreThe Fairy Faith in Celtic CountriesBritish Goblins: Welsh Folklore, Fairy Mythology, Legends, and TraditionsThe Welsh Fairy Book:Irish Fairy TalesBloody Irish

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And, for anyone curious, here is my wishlist of books I'm hoping to get my hands on in the futre (at least, the ones listed on Amazon). As I haven't actually read any of them, I can't vouch for their quality, but they do look interesting: Wishlist .

And that's a look into one aspect of my research reading habits. I hope this helps those looking to learn more about classic folklore!


coffee_addict said...

What a great wishlist... have fun researching! =)
~mary lee~

Kalayna Price said...

Thanks Mary Lee. Studying folklore is a one of my hobbies--the fact it's also research is a bonus!