Do you like reading fairytale retellings? Because I really do. I love fantasy. And then I love fantasy that is based off of a fairytale.
To be honest, I love reading fairytale retelling’s because I love the magic of the original fairytale. As a child my parents would read me nursery rhymes which then changed to fairytales once I was a little older, but they weren’t just the classic fairytales like Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. There was also The Princess and the Pea, Rumpelstiltskin, The Snow Maiden, Snow White and Rose Red, The Twelve Dancing Princesses and so-on so forth.
I then discovered my mum’s book of Fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen and read them thinking I was going to be reading happily-ever-afters. Yeah, nope. The Little Mermaid didn’t get her prince but instead had her tongue cut out. A poor little girl wished she could dance, she was given red shoes that could dance, but what she did not realise was that they would not stop dancing. She could not take them off and so she died dancing with them. That story scared the crap out of me. There were no happy endings there. But they were definitely interesting.
So getting to read all of these cool new fairytale retelling’s is like getting the magic of the original fairytale but also getting more. I love to read the retelling’s because I find it really cool and interesting to see what new thing the author can bring to the table. Author’s can do so much with the original and put their own ideas into it and I love it.
I feel like there are so many fairytale retelling’s out there but I’m always excited when I hear about another being published.
I thought I had read more fairytale retellings than I actually have which is interesting! I also went through a phase of only reading Beauty and the Beast retellings when I was younger before I had my goodreads account, so a lot of the retellings I can’t remember the name of and couldn’t find them.
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If you like retellings, have you checked out these?
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
The Lunar Chronicles series incorporates Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rupunzel and Snow White. While set in the sci fi futuristic world. I loved this series for it drew on the base of the fairytale but was woven into a whole story. Each book is focused on a different fairytale but is apart of the whole story.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. Maas’ book Throne of Glass was originally pitched as a Cinderella retelling. And this book definitely feels like it. But of course as you read more books in the series you realise just how much it is not.
A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
I love this retelling. A Long, Long Sleep is set in a futuristic world where stasis pods have been invented. Rosalinda wakes up 63 years after she was meant to wake. Her life as she knew it has disappeared. I loved this story because it broke my heart, the twist was shocking and the story is interesting. Plus it’s kind of a sci fi.
Beauty & the Beast
Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier
Juliet Marillier is one of my favourite authors. I love most of her books and find her writing style to be really interesting and intriguing. All of her books are well researched and set in folk lore. Heart’s Blood is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but a very different kind of retelling. It’s dark, it’s a little scary, but it’s a page turner and so good!
A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J.Maas
Of course I had to mention this New Adult series. A Court of Thorns & Roses is a fantasy based off of Beauty and the Beast. The Beauty has to be taken away from her family to allow her family to live, the beast is a prince, the people of the land are stuck under a curse of masks etc. It’s a completely different take of the original story.
I think Beauty and the Beast is one of the fairytale’s that can be adapted really well.
Belle: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Cameron Dokey
To be honest I only vaguely remember reading this book. I was going through a stage of reading every Beauty & the Beast retelling I could find. I remember liking Belle but also finding it so different to the fairytale, I think in a good way.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine
The Shadow Queen definitely has to be one of the best Snow White retellings I’ve read. Lorelai is a bad ass chick, she’s strong, she’s independent and she does not take things lying down. I really loved this retelling! It has magic, it has dragons, it has romance and it has a strong female lead.
The Twelve Dancing Princesses
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
I read Wildwood Dancing when it was first published, and I absolutely adored it. This book was the first book of Marillier’s that I had ever read and it was the one that got me hooked on her stories. It’s a fairytale retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses mixed in with The Frog Prince. I adored the main character in the book and couldn’t put this book down.
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
I really enjoyed Reign of Shadows in the end. Some parts of this story were perhaps a bit of a stretch for my imagination, but I enjoyed reading Luna. Luna is the long lost princess of Relhok, she’s blind and has been kept in a tower for her own safety since the eclipse happened 17 years ago. People want her dead, but most think she already is.
The Swan Princess
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Mariller
Like I said I’ve read most of Mariller’s books. Daughter of the Forest is loosely based off of The Swan Princess but mostly is a role reversal. It’s set in folk lore and is incredibly interesting, I couldn’t put this book down!
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
I actually mostly enjoyed Alice in Zombieland. The premise was really interesting, zombies are spirits that like to feed off of other spirits but you can only see them if you’re in ‘spirit form’. However this series went downhill after book two in my opinion and it ended up being based on the romance rather than the zombies. I felt like there was so much more that could have been done with this premise but it fell short.
A Thousand and One Nights
The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
I feel like I want to read more A Thousand and One Nights retellings because there is such potential in retelling this fable. The Wrath and the Dawn wasn’t what I thought it was and I didn’t enjoy it as much as everyone else did. But a lot of people love this series.
Do you like reading fairytale retellings? What’s your favourite fairytale? What fairytale retelling are you excited for next year?