I have fewer favorite fairytale retellings than I would have thought. For me, the key to creating a successful retelling is retaining the magic of the original yet adding something that gives it a breath of fresh air. The following ten I’ve picked successfully accomplished this arduous task.
A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
This was an incredibly inventive retelling of Sleeping Beauty that ended up completely surprising me. Word is there’s a sequel/companion novel too: No Life But This.
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
I allowed this one to gather dust on my shelf for several years before picking it up. I loved it. Cyborg Cinderella? How awesome is that?
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Everyone knows (and loves) the story of Peter Pan and Wendy, but little is ever mentioned about Tiger Lily. This is her story. It’s beautiful.
The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh
This retelling of A Thousand and One Nights and it left me positively swooning. Which is a pretty rare occurrence if you know anything about me.
Yours Until Dawn (Fairleigh Sisters #3) by Teresa Medeiros
This is one of the more subtle fairy tale retellings I’ve read. I didn’t actually realize it was a Beauty and the Beast retelling until I’d completely finished. Teresa Medeiros can’t write a bad story though. 🙂
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland #1) by Catherynne M. Valente
Catherynne M. Valente writes the most amazing prose (and is a wonderful narrator of the first few installments of this series). It’s Middle Grade, but one of those series that can be appreciated by adults as well. This is a combination of general fairy tale aspects, but Valente really creates her own fairy tale with this wonderful series.
Fables by Bill Willingham
Fables has been one of my most favorite graphic novel series and it just recently came to an end. It’s a wonderful mix of almost any fairy tale you can think of, throwing them into a modern world.
Indexing (Indexing #1) by Seanan McGuire
This one initially brought many a comparison to Fables, however, this one places fairy tale characters in a government agency in charge of maintaining control of fairy tales from getting out of control in the modern world. It’s fun, especially when you opt for the Kindle serial, and there’s even a second installment coming out next week for only $1.99.