Track 16: Fairytales

Welcome to episode sixteen of the Mixtape Book Club Podcast.

Do you love Supernatural? Are you a fan of Dean and Castiel, and their relationship? Do you enjoy reading Destiel fanfiction? This is the podcast for you.

In this episode, Ellen and Mal welcome Destiel author whelvenwings to discuss Destiel fairy tale retellings. The fics discussed include I Will Hang My Head Low by andimeantittosting, Cinderwings by bendingsignpost, and True As it Can Be by whelvenwings.

We apologise to our American listeners for the section after the outro this time!

You can find our Mixtape Book Club Ao3 collection here, containing the stories we’ve discussed on the podcast so far.

Thanks to kateaintbeehaven, we now have a transcript for this episode available.

A warning: Spoilers for these fics are discussed! Please listen at your own risk.

Our Guest – whelvenwings

Find all of Em’s work on ao3, or on tumblr.

Other fics of Em’s that we mention:

Featured fics

I Will Hang My Head Low by andimeantittosting
Published for DCBB 2019, 22k words, E
Art by Correlia

Dean Winchester gave up hunting when his brother became the prophesied Boy King of Hell. Now he ekes out a meager living, chopping wood for a nearby village, until one snowy night, he follows what appears to be a falling star, and encounters an injured angel. Afterwards, he tries to put the strange night from his mind.

When he meets Castiel, a mysterious man with healing powers, they form an instant connection, and the more Dean learns of Castiel’s powers—to heal, to protect, to purify—the more he begins to hope that Sam can be saved. But as they prepare to save Sam, Castiel grows sick, and then sicker still. Too late, Dean learns how much Castiel is willing to sacrifice for him.

Inspired by the Decemberists’ Crane Wife and the Japanese myth on which it is based.

Cinderwings by bendingsignpost
Published in 2018, 181k words, M

Under the cover of a masquerade ball, Castiel has five nights to recover the key to his people’s freedom. The world has changed greatly in the six centuries since their banishment into the void, but the task isn’t impossible. Unfortunately for Castiel, this is going to involve talking to people – especially the Knight Prince who has taken an interest in Castiel and his “costume” wings.

A Cinderella Destiel au.

True as It Can Be by whelvenwings
Published for Destiel reverse bang 2017, 72k words, E
Art by deliciousirony

Growing up in a small town in Kansas, Dean learned from a young age that there was only one rule that couldn’t be broken, one place he couldn’t go – through the forest, to the long-abandoned Angel’s Hollow. But when Sam disappears, Dean’s left with no choice but to follow his brother’s tracks through the dangers of the wood; little does he know that the most dangerous creature of all lurks not among the trees, but in the Hollow itself. Dean sets Sam free, at the cost of his own liberty – and, bound by magic, resigns himself to living out the rest of his days in the Hollow, at the mercy of the being within. The angel of Angel’s Hollow, however, has a story – is a prisoner, too, as much as Dean is. Only one thing can free them both – but it is impossible. For, after all: who could ever learn to love a beast?

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What’s your favourite fairytale retelling? Please let us know, we’d love to hear from you!

Our intro music is “Angel with a Shotgun” by The Cab, arranged by Ellen.

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