Today I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their weekly feature, Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s prompt is, well… actually, there are a bunch of options: “top ten fairy tale retellings I’ve read (or want to read),” or “top ten fairy tales I want to be retold,” or “ten fairy tales I love.”
Wow, the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish have really been on a roll lately, haven’t they?! SO MANY GOOD PROMPTS. Or… maybe I’ve been on a roll lately?! I don’t normally link up with them THIS CONSISTENTLY.
Anyway. How could I not do this prompt? FAIRY TALES ARE ONE OF MY LITERARY PASSIONS – and their retellings are one of my favorite genres.
I decided to go with the variation on option #1… so today, I’m going to list ten fairy tale retellings that I desperately want to read!
1. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
This story is based on a little-known fairy tale of the same name from the Brothers Grimm! When I tried to read The Goose Girl five or six years ago, I wasn’t very into it, but now that I’m waaaaay more passionate about fairy tale retellings, I think I’d like to try it again! YAY FOR RETELLINGS OF LITTLE-KNOWN STORIES.
I had NO IDEA this was a retelling of “Snow White” until just a few weeks ago! I loooove Levine’s books, so how can I not read this one? Plus, it’s set in the land of Ella Enchanted! (Maybe she has a cameo in this book?!)
3. Fairest by Marissa Meyer
…not to be confused with the story above, although this story is ALSO a retelling of “Snow White.” I think Queen Levana is a fascinating villain, so I’m eager to read about her past. Also, fairy tale retellings in outer space? With cyborgs?! YES YES YES GIVE IT TO ME.
4. Winter by Marissa Meyer
This is a continuation of the story that began in Fairest – which is actually volume 3.5, anyway. Book four will be published this November and I’m SOOOO EXCITED! I love love love this series for its weirdness and creativity, aaaand… I’m super happy that in this story, Snow White is black. Yayyyy diversity!
I want to read this anthology of paranormal fairy tale retellings because A) it includes SEVENTEEN lovely retellings and B) one of the stories is retold by Malinda Lo. I WILL READ ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING MALINDA LO WRITES BECAUSE SHE IS PERFECTION. (I loooved her queer retelling of “Cinderella,” Ash! AHHHH OMG.) In this collection, she writes a new version of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” – again, yay for retellings of less-popular stories! I love “Cinderella” retellings, but sometimes it seems like all of the retellings are based on that fairy tale.
6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Speaking of “Cinderella” retellings… here’s another one! OOH BUT ITS PROTAGONIST IS A TEENAGE ASSASSIN SO AT LEAST IT’S UNIQUE. Many of my friends adore this book!
7. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I, um… always mess up the title of this book/series and call it A Song of Ice and Fire! I guess my brain sees the long title and goes, “Oh, it’s A Long Title of Fantasy and Epicness” and… yeah.* Oops. ANYWAY THIS IS A RETELLING OF “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” (AND THE SCOTTISH BALLAD “TAM LIN”).
*Actually, come to think of it, my problem may also be due to the fact that “thorns and roses” remind me of the Tyrell family. SO. Um. Yeah.
This, obviously, a retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood!” And OH MY GOSH THE PROTAGONISTS SOUND AMAZING YAY FOR KICKASS WOMEN. Also, like Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, this is a series that retells multiple fairy tales! And YAY FOR SISTERS. (Wow, I’m certainly yay-ing a lot of things in this post, aren’t I?)
9. Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley
This is actually the third in a series, but… this one looks like the best installment! Also, yay for retellings of “Sleeping Beauty!”
10. The Tower Room by Adèle Geras
This is an old-fashioned retelling of “Rapunzel.” I first heard (or, well, read) about it in The Ultimate Teen Book Guide, which, as some of you may recall, has never let me down: Literally every single book it’s recommended to me has been mind-blowing. SO I’M EXCITED TO READ THIS BOOK.
As you already know, there were a BUNCH of options for this post – so what made me choose this particular prompt?
Well, apparently I haven’t read as many fairy tale retellings as I thought, for a start. I’ve read a lot of retellings, but they haven’t all been retellings of fairy tales… and I really, really wanted to stick to the original idea of this week’s link-up. I wanted to make this post a little fangirlish celebration of fairy tale retellings, not retellings of myths or classics or whatever.
(But I will definitely write a post about the top ten non-fairy-tale retellings I’ve read, and another post about the top ten non-fairy-tale retellings that I want to read! BECAUSE ALL TYPES OF RETELLINGS ARE AWESOME.)
“Top ten fairy tales I love” is a perfectly decent prompt that I may answer at some point, but it just didn’t interest me now.
And as for “top ten fairy tales that I want to be retold”? Um. Well, that was the prompt I originally wanted to do! So I started making my list, and… literally everything on it was “lesbian retelling of ‘Sleeping Beauty'” and “lesbian retelling of ‘Rapunzel'” and so on and so forth. IT WAS AN AWESOME LIST, BUT A BIT REPETITIVE.
Sooo… let it just be known that I am 100% down for any and all fairy tale retellings with queer lady protagonists, all right? And with other types of diverse protagonists, too, like girls of all different races. Buuuuuuuut mostly, queer girls. QUEER GIRLS ALWAYS. IN ALL OF THE RETELLINGS.
(Also, I hope that someday someone writes a lesbian retelling of “The Little Mermaid”… and if not, then I guess I need to because my lovely friend Orphu @ A Mirror Made of Words loves mermaids and lesbians so, like… CLEARLY THIS NEEDS TO BE WRITTEN SO SHE WILL BE HAPPY.)
Which fairy tale retellings do you want to read? If you’ve read any of the stories listed above, which ones were your favorites? And finally, which fairy tales do you want to be retold? …would you write any of those retellings?!