Top Ten Tuesday – Fairy Tale Retellings I love/want
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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (my first one ever) is to chat about 10 fairy tale re-tellings we’ve either read, or want to read. I used to read a lot of these but I’ve slowed down a lot in recent years. Here’s a couple that have stood out to me throughout the years.
The Fairy-Tale Re-tellings I’ve read and enjoyed
A beautiful re-telling of the Beauty and the Beast tale. Ballard of Ketach Tor has suffered his family curse for centuries without hope for himself, though he still hopes his son might find the woman to break the curse. Ballard’s son arrives home with a beautiful woman they believe might hold the key to lifting the curse, until they meet her sister. Louvaen arrives at the castle, determined to “save” her sister from a “kidnapping,” only to find that nothing is as it seems. Especially the proud but disfigured man for whom Louvaen’s love could as easily destroy as save. Dark magic, sorcery, and vengeance battle with true love and devotion in this beautiful fairy-tale.
The Unhandsome Prince – John Moore (YA/NA friendly)
This is more satirical, and its really funny. It plays off the Princess and the Frog motif, and has a little bit of Goldilocks and the Three Bears as well as other references. Caroline kisses a swampful of frogs to find her prince. But when she does she’s shocked to find that Hal is not handsome. Now she’s got herself stuck with an Unhandsome Prince and she’s on her way to the castle. Along the way she meets new friends, including a very funny young witch who sees much more to Hal than Caroline does. Let’s see if happily-ever-afters come true when your frog is no Prince Charming.
This book brings up a conversation about what makes beauty, both inside and outside.
Spinners – Donna Jo Napoli & Richard Tchen (YA/NA friendly)
A retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin tale. Two stories about two different Spinners who eventually meet.
A young tailor cripples himself spinning gold thread to win his true love’s hand. Revolted by his ugliness she marries someone else and dies giving birth to his child. This child grows up to become a master spinner and is commanded by the king to spin gold. A deformed man enters her life, demanding a great treasure in return for spinning the gold for her. This Rumpelstiltskin is not a cruel trickster, but a lonely man, and the young woman is not just a silly victim. This is a touching, heart-wrenching story of two people whose fates are tied together.
Love Underground: Persephone’s tale – Alicia Fields (YA/NA Friendly)
This short series was one of my favorites as a young adult. It’s a re-telling of the Persephone myth, so not quite a “fairy tale” but close enough. Persephone is a beautiful young woman who has never seen more of the world than her mother’s house and village. She’s had a beautiful, but narrow and sheltered life. Hades loves her on sight and whisks her away to his underground kingdom. Persephone rejects him at first, appalled at having been stolen from her world, but soon sees him for the handsome, worldly, kind, and intelligent man he is. Hades can show Persephone more of the word than she ever thought possible. But how can she stay with him underground, when her heart and her family remain under the sun?
This one is, of course, a modern classic and one I’d highly recommend. Again, not quite a “fairy tale” retelling, but The Wizard of Oz is well known enough to nearly count, I think.
Dorothy’s story is so last century. This is the story of a young, green skinned girl who grows up facing hatred and disappointment from her family, and bullying at school. Despite this she finds solace in her beloved (and popular) younger sister, her new friend GAlinda, and her first love. Rising political tensions and a dictatorial leader set the backdrop for this tale, and everything spirals out of control when a young girl’s house crash lands on someone Elphaba loves dearly. She soon finds herself on a journey that will earn her the name of The Wicked Witch of the West.
The Fairy-Tale Re-tellings I’d like to read
So what about you guys? What’s your favorite re-telling story? It can be books, tv, movies, whatever!
Citation & Credits
Book cover image: Courtesy of Amazon.com & Goodreads.com