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Listed: Fairy Tale Adaptations

I love reading books that are adaptations of fairy tales. There’s something comforting about knowing how the story is going to end, but not knowing exactly how the author is going to bring you to that conclusion.

After looking at the list I’ve put together, I’ve realized that most of these are retellings of Cinderella – I’m not sure if that’s just because that’s what I read, or if that’s just what is most predominantly retold, but it’s interesting because I know that I’ve mentioned that I was getting a bit tired of the Cinderella story. So if it’s just what I’m drawn to, I think I need to expand my horizons a little bit. ;)

Anyway, here are some of my most recommended fairy tale retellings:

  1. Snow by Tracy Lynn. Originally Published 2003. Steampunk’d adaptation of Snow White.
  2. Enchantment by Orson Scott Card. Originally Published 1999. Adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, with a dash of Russian mythology thrown in.
  3. Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper. Originally Published 1991. Adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, with appearances of Snow White and Cinderella.
  4. Firebird by Mercedes Lackey. Originally Published 1996. Adaptation of The Golden Bird.
  5. The Unhandsome Prince by John Moore. Originally Published 2005. Adaptation of The Frog Prince.
  6. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. Originally Published 2000. Adaptation of The Wild Swans.
  7. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire. Originally Published 1999. Adaptation of Cinderella.
  8. The Courtship of Mr Lyon by Angela Carter. A short story in The Bloody Chamber. Originally Published 1979. Adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.
  9. On Lickerish Hill by Susanna Clarke. A short story in The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories. Originally Published 2006. Adaptation of Rumplestiltskin.
  10. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Originally Published. Adaptation of Cinderella.

Side note: I was telling Shannon that I was writing a blog topic on fairy tales, so in her attempt to make me go back to watching Dollhouse (which I’ve been avoiding since it got cancelled as I don’t want to get too emotionally involved in something that is just going to be over way too soon), she decided to tell me a fairy tale about Dollhouse: “So once upon a time there was a corporation called Rossum and it was evil. But Topher was adorable. Sort of.”

ANYWAY. What are your favourite adaptations of fairy tales?

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 12:34 pm January 11, 2010.
Category: Listed

  • Shannon

    the princess bride, in either book or movie form.

  • Brina

    I really like East by Edith Pattou. It’s a retelling of East of the Sun and West of the Moon. :)

  • kiirstin

    I vote for another, different book called Beauty, the one by Robin McKinley. Actually, she’s done that fairy tale a couple of times in a couple different ways and I have thus far enjoyed each that I have read.

  • kiirstin

    And pardon my incomplete comment, but by “that fairy tale” I mean Beauty and the Beast.

  • Anastasia

    I actually read quite a few fairy tale adaptations last months. Two of my favorites were East (the same that Brina mentioned) and Kissing the Witch (short stories covering nearly every famous Western fairy tale).

    I’ve only read two of the books on your list, and modern fairy tale adaptations are some of my favorite things to read! I’ll have to remedy that STAT.

  • Nymeth

    I have so many favourites! The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett (loose retelling of The Pied Piper), The Goose Girl, Tender Morsels, the other Beauty that everyone already mentioned, East, and plus several of the ones you mentioned :P