Fairy tale retellings are very popular these days. What do you think of the genre? Any favorites to recommend?
I’ve been hit or miss with retellings, mostly miss. Some have been a spectacular interpretation – like the Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and soon, Winter). But some I’ve not cared for. Cruel Beauty is one of them, though I seem to be the black sheep in that opinion. I have mixed feelings about Dorothy Must Die and Splintered. Destined was alright, but I wanted more from a Psyche retelling. I actually DNF’d Rumpel. So, I’m definitely looking for a fairy tale retelling that will blow me out of the water.
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Some that stand out that I’ve read are:
- Cruel Beauty – a Beauty and the Beast retelling
- The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Cinderella as a cyborg. The Big Bad Wolf as a love interest. Rapunzel as a hacker stuck in a satellite instead of a tower. This series is great. And Winter is coming!
- Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. I probably had a messed up childhood from reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Or from the Fractured Fairy Tales cartoons. It’s hard to tell. But this was a great retelling of the original.