travelwedo replied to your photo: “Fiction Week! The Girl Who Spun Gold by Virginia Hamilton,…”:Isn’t this basically Rumplestiltskin? Why is this Virginia Hamilton credited as the author? How is this different from plagiarism?
This is literally the weirdest objection I’ve ever heard.
Of course it’s Rumpelstiltskin. So are the 1,154 results you get for “Rumpelstiltskin” on Amazon.com, the 181 results you get on Goodreads, the 65 results on Powell’s books, and the literally thousands of short stories, retellings, novels for kids, teens and adult, TV shows, movies, animated films, and endless other adaptations of this basic tale type.
Sometimes the story is called “Straw into Gold”, “The Miller’s Daughter”, “Hoppetînken”,”Tarandandò”, “Tom Tit Tot”, and/or Folktale Type 500: Name of the Helper.
Virginia Hamilton is credited as the author because she wrote the text. For the same reason Paul O. Zelinky is credited as the author for this book:
^ None of these are even remotely related to plagiarism.
So…why the outrage over this particular illustrated children’s adaptation?