Fairy Tale Friday: Novelized Fairy Tales
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!