I've noticed, as well, that whatever author I'm reading at the moment comes out in my Storyteller writings. I wrote a section of chapter thirteen last night, and it had those same, tell-tale fairy tale elements. This contrasts with the section of chapter ten I wrote while reading Anne Rice (the ballroom scene), which has far more fun with imagery than actual plot for a good chunk. I imagine this is why a writer reads other writers' works, of course - to learn what feels good story-writing wise, what moves, and what is off-putting.
Or at least, this is what I tell myself when I procrastinate on my creative writing by reading (or re-reading) a particularly good fantasy/sci-fi novel.