Ten Favorite Fairytale Retellings

Posted August 4, 2015 by Lory in lists / 28 Comments

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Favorite Fairy Tale Retellings. I already did a post on seven of my favorites, but here are ten more that I enjoyed. (As you can tell, this is one of my favorite genres — I’d love more recommendations!)

  • Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth (Rapunzel)
  • A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth Bunce (Rumpelstiltskin)
  • East by Edith Pattou (East of the Sun, West of the Moon)
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (Cinderella)
  • Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (Maid Maleen)
  • Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier (The Twelve Dancing Princesses)
  • Deerskin by Robin McKinley (Donkeyskin)
  • Winter Rose by Patricia McKillip (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia C. Wrede (Snow White and Rose Red)
  • Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl (The Goose Girl)

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28 responses to “Ten Favorite Fairytale Retellings

  1. Great list! I love a good fairytale retelling, and I think the YA ones out there are particularly good. Ella Enchanted is such an enjoyable book, and I really liked Wildwood Dancing too. 🙂

  2. You sure have read a lot of retellings! I’m always telling myself that I should read more of them so this list was very helpful. Have a good day!

  3. I’ve only read Ella Enchanted, but I did really enjoy it. I haven’t read that many fairy tale retellings, but I am more curious these days. I love Melissa Meyer’s take on them with Cinder, etc.

  4. Snow White and Rose Red was one of my favorite fairy tales when I was growing up; I’ll have to check out Wrede’s version of it. See if I still like it. 🙂

  5. I actually recently bought Ella Enchanted from the Book Outlet. I THINK I read it a really long time ago when I was much younger…but I don’t remember it. I’m definitely excited to start that one 🙂

  6. Bitter Greens has been on my radar for a while. It sounds like a good one! I’d highly recommend Alias Hook and While Beauty Slept . They were both beautiful, dark, adult fairy tale retelling and I loved them a lot 🙂

    • I enjoyed Alias Hook too! For this list I focused on traditional stories, but there could be a whole other category for spin-offs of more modern tales like Peter Pan. Thanks for reminding me about While Beauty Slept. I’ve been meaning to read that one.

  7. Susan Hagan

    Ohh, more books I’d love to read… I’ll try to remember to focus: one book at a time! The only one I know to recommend additionally is “The Magic Circle” by Donna Jo Napoli. It’s a fascinating retelling of Hansel and Gretel, turning the tale inside out by telling it from the POV of the (sympathetic) witch. I read partway through Napoli’s retelling of Beauty & the Beast… I found it somewhat interesting but nowhere near as compelling.

    • I’ve never read any Donna Jo Napoli though I know she specializes in retellings. Thanks for the recommendation, it’s been a bit hard to know where to start with her.

  8. This is such an entertaining and interesting meme.

    I have not read any of the books on your list but I want to read several of them. I think that handled correctly retelling of fairytales can lead to great results. The concept has so much potential.

  9. I loved Ella Enchanted when I read it, but that is many years ago now. My most recent fairy tale retelling I enjoyed was The Storyteller and Her Sisters by Cheryl Mahoney. Which retells The Twelve Dancing Princesses, my favourite fairy tale from my childhood.

  10. Deerskin is ROUGH. I love it and Beauty about equally from Robin McKinley, but Beauty is the one I usually recommend to people, because that scene with her father and the dog is just so, so hard to read. Fwoo.

    • Deerskin is not for everyone, it’s true — Bitter Greens has some pretty devastating scenes too. So powerful though.

  11. I love when they take a classic and give it a spin. I watched wicked last year, and it flipped the story of wizard of oz to make the witch look like a good person.

  12. These are probably old news to you but have you read any of Gregory Maguire’s books? I love his retelling of fairytales. He’s done The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella (I think). He has a new one about Alice called After Alice coming out this fall. I’m really looking forward to it.

    • I have read some of them but they are not my favorites. Most recently I enjoyed Egg and Spoon, although I felt it went on too long. He does a great Baba Yaga.