It is a thoroughly mistaken notion to put away this work as uninteresting and lackluster with just a look at the title. The wise reader must read himself and then decide. Once upon a time, in a kingdom far way, there lived a beautiful girl named Ella with her very wicked step-mother and her two equally detestable step-sisters. Her step-mother was as cruel by nature as she was ugly by appearance.
Virtually every fantasy work draws in some part on fairy tales, folklore, and mythology from around the world. So where to draw the lines? You will not see works like American Gods or the The Lord of the Fairy tale retold, which are both based in mythology on differing levels, but which tell original tales.
This list is not meant to be an all-encompassing list of retold tales, but a sampling of the styles available within this genre. There are books that were published within the past year, and there are a few from the early days of the fantasy genre as we know it today.
We do not expect that everyone will like everything. Some of these works are light and entertaining; some are dark and gritty.
Some retellings are more traditional, while others are highly literary. What this list is meant to show is the wide variety of works available. You will also see only one title per author, although several of these authors have Fairy tale retold works that qualified for this list. Along with being a great collection of modern fantasy authors, it also contains just about every style of retelling out there.
From literary fiction to dark realism, traditional to urban fantasies, this compilation has it all. What better jumping off point could there be?
For those who are only familiar with the musical, do be warned that the book is meatier, more complex, and much darker than the show. Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C. She is left at home to dispense advice that is not always good, and to live a very human life while Psyche becomes increasingly divine.
Unlike more well known Lewis works, this tale is fairly dark and reflective. Lewis is also fairly liberal with the interpretation of the original tale, showing how folklore and mythology can change its memory of events even within a single lifetime.
This tale is understandably dark, and extrapolates from the Grimm tale by using ideas like the Evil Witch as metaphors for far more complex ideas like Nazism.
Based on an old French tale, Camille triggers a curse and has a year and a day to rescue her love. They are all very solidly in the traditional realm of fantasy, and are highly accessible. Taking place an indeterminate time before the first volume of Fables, it features Snow White, who finds herself cast as Shaherezade.
Inside this larger tale are the nightly tales Snow must tell to save her life. Some of these stories are themselves retellings, while some are original. Each tale is illustrated by a different artist with the in between pieces done by Charles Vess.
This graphic novel can be read completely separate from Fables, though it does provide an incredible amount of background information for several characters. Beauty is the first of the two, and has been in print for over thirty years.
More so than many others on this list, Beauty is extremely faithful to the style of story it retells, rather than bringing a modern outlook to it.
It is also one of those few books that is equally accessible to both teens and adults. Set in a post-Roman, pre-Saxon British Isles, this book is beautifully researched and written.
We follow Morgain from her birth as the daughter of the Duke of Cornwall through her training as a pagan priestess at the temple of Avalon in a world that is growing decidedly more Christian. There are several prequel books that were written after Mists was published, but they are not necessary for the full appreciation of this book.
Marillier stays close to the original myth, using a historical setting and introducing a romantic line. Sorcha, the youngest of seven children, must save her older brothers from an enchantment laid on them by their evil stepmother, all without speaking a word.
Deathless by Catherynne Valente Based on a Russian folk-tale Koschei the Deathless, Deathless is set during the Russian revolution at the beginning of the twentieth century. Marya Morevna is the youngest of four sisters, and is chosen by Koschei, the Tsar of Life, to be his mortal bride.
Valente is known for fabulous descriptions, but the tone here is dark and sometimes ambiguous, with a fair amount of feminism thrown in. This dark novel takes a look at the war between Peter and the Captain and the lost boys who serve as soldiers in that war. Check out our review of The Child Thief here!One of my favorite things about YA fiction is its unabashed obsession with fairy tales.
On the happiness scale, retellings fall somewhere between drinking vanilla lattes and wearing comfy socks—so familiar and comforting, you can enjoy the author’s writing and creativity without worrying where the story is headed.
Retold Fairy Tales: Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman Non-Realist Mode Snow, Glass, Apples as a Fairy Tale Retelling (Part 1) Retold Fairy Tale/Modern Fairy Tale a contemporary retelling of the fairy tale simultaneously functions as art, pop culture and folklore.
Books shelved as fairy-tale-retelling: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, Cress by Marissa Meyer, Winter by Marissa Meyer, and Cruel Beau.
12 Contemporary Adult Fairy Tale Books For Grown Women Who Need A Touch Of Magic. By JR Thorpe. Jan 28 Sometimes we all need a fairytale. Books shelved as fairy-tales-retold: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin.
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