Teller of literary fairytales
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Of course those other aspects of her storytelling that you mention make her style distinctive, particularly in the various combinations that she employs (The Homeward Bounders for instance isn't very humorous, but does amalgamate the ordinary and the extraordinary, and draws the reader along).
My question was merely to highlight a side of her storytelling -- her use of fairytale tropes -- which continues the tradition of the specifically 'literary fairytale' in the 21st century. Indeed, Enchanted Glass combines fairytale characters and folk traditions (such as Beating the Bounds) with Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream and brings the whole lot up to date. This is one of the things I like about her style, the combination of the archaic with the modern.
So I'd say her engagement with fairytales, mythology and literature is undoubtedly a strength of her novels, but not necessarily what draws readers to them.