Need help again... pretty thick paperback novel, read in early 2010's

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Alright so I think I picked this up in a regional library and I did like it definitely, because there are scenes that stay on my mind. This book was about fairy tale characters, and I remember the writer giving, well, a pretty dark twist to it. That's all I can remember for now, but the book was quite impressive in my memory. So I wonder if anyone knows the title.
 

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Um... Really, you've given us so little to go on, that unless someone has a lucky guess -- for instance Angela Carter subverted fairy tales and made them dark, so it might be worth looking at her work -- I think it's going to be difficult for anyone to pinpoint this without a good bit more information. You say there are scenes that stay on your mind. What in particular?
 

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Um... Really, you've given us so little to go on, that unless someone has a lucky guess -- for instance Angela Carter subverted fairy tales and made them dark, so it might be worth looking at her work -- I think it's going to be difficult for anyone to pinpoint this without a good bit more information. You say there are scenes that stay on your mind. What in particular?

I might have misremembered it, but there was a scene where the character, a fairy tale princess type one, was in dispair but kept on waiting for a prince guy, and she wanted to keep her dignity so she kinda went hysterical, trying to grind her nails on the walls of a valley or smtg.
 

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The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer maybe, big in the 2010s, first book "The Wishing Spell", 2012.
 

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Mercedes Lackey has revisited a number of fairy tales. Her stories usually end up on a positive note. She has also told stories about where Fairy Godmothers come from! They don't just appear magically! Well, they do, but they were somewhere else before they appear!

Remember-- people like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, &c all had terrible family lives! Evil Step Mothers, Wicked Step Mothers, Abusive Sisters, Locked in a tower with very long hair-- it doesn't take a lot to add a 'dystopian' twist to a fairy tale!

If we're talking about Grimm's fairy tales, children ended up lost in the woods, at the mercy of wild animals, witches, and other hazards!

Russian tales are just as much fun-- Baba Yaga and her house on chicken legs-- making any visitor a virtual slave! Peter and the wolf... sometimes the duck survives, other times you just hear her inside the wolf! But the music is nice!
 

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