Fairy Tale Friday: Novelized Fairy Tales

October 22, 2010 at 2:36 am 5 comments

It seems to me that there’s been a trend in the last 30 years or so to rewrite classic fairy tales from a new perspective or with a twist. I’m talking about books like Ella Enchanted, Beauty:A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast, and Shannon Hale’s The Goose Girl (which I’ve written about on LT before).

These books reexplain a popular fairy tale, bring it more to life by telling the whole story from a new perspective (often that of the leading lady), or seek to emphasize different aspects of the story to align with more modern sensibilities. (i.e. Have you ever seen a modern version of Cinderella that includes the part about the stepsisters chopping up their own feet to fit in the shoe?)

As a genre, I think it’s a pretty good one and they often provide female middle school readers with some great alternatives to boy staples like Hatchet. (Which is of course not to say that girls can’t like Hatchet and boys can’t get into Ella Enchanted!) So today I wanted to ask you all for your favorite rewritten fairy tale. I know some of you are big fans of this genre and have undoubtedly read more of them I have, so I can’t wait to hear your recommendations!



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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Britney  |  October 22, 2010 at 4:50 am

    Mine is Beauty:A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast, as long as we’re talking about the book with that name by Robin McKinley. :)

    In the fairy tales for adults category, I really enjoyed Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire. These books are so much more enjoyable than Maguire’s Oz books.

    • 2. Corey  |  October 26, 2010 at 8:25 am

      Hmm, I’ll have to try the non-Oz Maguire. I’ve only read his Wicked and found it woefully disappointing. Although I was also rather young, so perhaps I should try it again.

      • 3. Britney  |  November 8, 2010 at 6:30 am

        Don’t bother trying Wicked again. It’s not worth it. (I read half of the third book in the Wicked Years series before realizing I didn’t care and would never care about the lion. I think I only stuck with the books so long because I love the musical.)

  • 4. Shannon  |  October 26, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    What is Ella, Enchanted a retelling of? I did not realize this…

    • 5. Corey  |  November 5, 2010 at 5:22 am

      It’s a retelling of Cinderella.


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