The Curse

The curse is a frequent literary element used in magical fantasy and especially fairy tales. The curse often takes the form of transfiguring a human into an animal/beast (see Beauty and the Beast) or hampers the progress of a protagonist (see Cinderella) and can be placed by witches, fairies, gods, and other magical creatures.

Beauty by Robin McKinley
Blade of FireStuart Hill
East by Edith Pattou
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Enchantment by Orson Scott Card
Light of the Oracle by Victoria Hanley
Mira, MirrorMette Ivie Harrison
Plague of SorcerersMary Frances Zambreno
Princess and the HoundMette Ivie Harrison
Wicked Lovely — Melissa Marr

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