And I’m so sad, Like a good book, I can’t put this day back, A sorta fairy tale with you
– Tori Amos
A girl sits on the window seat of her room at the topmost level of her remote tower, looking wistfully across the dead city below for some sign of life. Hopelessness fills her throat like thick honey as she waits for what seems like an eternity. Finally, she decides to take matters into her own hands and texts,
We are currently experiencing a renaissance of reconstructed fairy tales that allow girls to be the masters of their own destinies. In every generation, authors have taken upon themselves to modernize centuries-old tales to make them relevant for modern audiences, and we are lucky to be experiencing a flood of excellent literature. The malleability of fairy tale archetypes is p
You cannot have a discussion about post-modern faerie without Francesca Lia Block. Using luscious poetry and sensual imagery, each of her original novels transport the reader into surreal worlds that show the magic of possibility. She retells classic fairy tales in her book, T
If you read any of these books, I would love to hear your reactions and insights. Feel free to post your comments to this post or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I have included a longer list of excellent retellings below for further reading. I personally recommend each one of these books. Let me know if you have more books to add to the list.
A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce (Rumpelstiltskin)
Beastly by Alex Flinn (Beauty and the Beast)
Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannn Hale (Graphic novel of Rapunzel)
Enchantment by Orson Scott Card (Sleeping Beauty)
The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriot (The Seven Swans)
The Wild Swans by Peg Kerr (The Seven Swans)
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire
Mira, Mirror by Mette Harrison (Snow White)
Black Pearls: A Faerie Strand by Louise Hawes (Assorted Stories)
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (Cinderella)
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Cinderella)
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (The Goose Girl)
A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales by Terri Windling
Once Upon a Tale Books
The Storyteller's Daughter by Cameron Dokey (The Arabian Nights)
Snow by Tracy Lynn (Snow White)
Sunlight and Shadow by Cameron Dokey (The Magic Flute)
The Night Dance by Suzanne Weyn (The Twelve Dancing Princesses)
Golden by Cameron Dokey (Rapunzel)
Belle by Cameron Dokey (Beauty and the Beast)
Just for fun . . .
The Stinky Cheese Man And Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith.