Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily, originally uploaded by margotwood.
I don't even know where to start with this book. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson is hands down in my top 5 favorites books of the year...okay, maybe even of all time.

Here's how this book begins:

"Let me tell you something straight off. This is a love story, but now like any you've heard. The boy and the girl are far from innocent. Dear lives are lost. And good doesn't win. In some places, there is something ultimately good about endings. In Neverland, that is not the case."

This is a retelling of Peter Pan, but told from Tinkerbell's point of view and it really tells the story of Tiger Lily. The fierce warrior, crow feather-wearing tribe princess who falls for the mischievous and mysterious Peter.

Tiger Lily is no Wendy. She is raw, unhinged. She makes mistakes, she fights, gets dirty. She is a warrior and I loved her. So she became the focus of my photo for this book.

I've been waiting to do this photo for a while. I knew right away I couldn't be the one to play Tiger Lily. I needed someone who looked more wild, someone with a raw, unusual beauty. Luckily, I knew just the person.

This beautiful woman you see here is my younger cousin (and architect student - beauty AND brains!) Rebecca. While on a family vacation in upstate Michigan she agreed to pose for me. My Mom was able to acquire some crow feathers for me (no idea how she managed that, but that's the magic of Mothers...isn't it?) and with a little red paint and a de-stuffed animal, we were ready to go.

This photo doesn't even come close to portraying the beauty of not only Tiger Lily the character but also Tiger Lily the book, but if you haven't read it and this photo intrigues you, then you most certainly need to locate a copy immediately. You will not be disappointed.


  1. I am in love with this one! And that smirk? PERFECT

  2. Merciful gorgeousness. So different and wild. Love it.

  3. Thank you guys for the comments! I'm glad the "wild" is getting across properly!

  4. "Raw and unhinged" - love it, and it definitely comes through! Fauxto Fave!

  5. Holy crap, this is amazing. This. This is my favorite.

  6. Margot, you know that I LOVED this book. And I LOVE this "fauxto". I'm still waiting for my triptic with TikTok and Tink :)

    Always a fan and supporter,
    Karen (

  7. You know my undying, weeping & gnashing of teeth love for this book! This one is so perfect!

    Also your mom is like a fauxto supply ninja. Always finding ALL OF THE THINGS.

  8. I just finished reading Tiger Lily and it made me happy to discover that you have a fauxto of the book! This is such an amazing portrayal, I love the details that you included. She looks fierce, just like Tiger Lily in the book.

  9. Love this!!! The book was awesome, too. That damned Wendy Darling!

  10. I read and, as you did, fell in love with Tiger Lily also. It at this point in time, is still #1 in my heart by so much, that I'm not sure anything will ever beat it out. So in saying that, I also have to say that I LOVE this photo. I've just found your site and half of the books on here I haven't read but I certainly love this book, and this photo and I think that your cousin did a spectacular job pulling off Tiger Lily. Absolutely great job!