Favorite Five Fairytale Retellings
I really love a great retelling of a fairytale. Whether it’s retelling the tale straight forwardly, adding some new twist, or it’s only marginally recognizable as the original story, there are so many interesting ways to retell a tale.
- Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier
Now, I could have also talked about Juliet Marillier’s Daughter of the Forest, which is also an amazing retold fairy tale, but I do love a good Beauty and the Beast retelling so I’m going with Heart’s Blood here. This is such another celtic retelling of a classic fairy tale from her, but it’s not just a straight forward retelling. The elements are there, if you look closely, but if you didn’t know it was a retelling then you might not realize it at first. I thought this was cleverly done and the story is just great with a lot of heart.
- Deerskin by Robin McKinley
Deerskin is NOT an easy story to read. It contains some pretty awful stuff at the beginning including rape and incest, but it’s a really great story about dealing the bad things that happen to us sometimes, and learning how to go on. It’s prose is great as well, as I’ve come to love from Robin McKinley. I really love this book even though it’s not a light and fluffy read.
- In the Forests of Serre by Patricia McKillip
Ok, so this isn’t a strict retelling but I’m counting it since it takes so many elements from fairytales, including The Fire Bird. I really love this book, even though it’s been a while since I’ve read it. I’ve been slowly working my way through McKillip’s books and she has some of the best prose in the fantasy genre and beyond. If you haven’t read one of her books yet, I’d highly recommend checking her work out.
- The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey
Granted, it’s been a long time since I’ve read this one but I remember loving it back in the day. I love a lot of Lackey’s fairy tale stuff and she has an entire series that plays on classic fairy tale tropes called The Five Hundred Kingdoms (they’re fun books!). This is another retelling of Beauty and the Beast so if you like retellings of that story you may enjoy this one!
- East by Edith Patou
East is a fantastic retelling of East of the Sun and West of the Moon. I absolutely LOVE this book, it’s just great all around. The story does read a bit like Beauty and the Beast, but it’s definitely a tale all its own. This retelling really bring the characters and the setting to life.
Those are my picks for this week! Thoughts on these? What are some of your favorite fairytale retellings? Leave me a note in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!