I’ve got some website updates for you today. The resource PDF in the “For Writers” section has been updated with a few new books/resources–including the names of the map makers who produced my awesome Timeless Fairy Tale maps! I also have some new fanart to share (Jess created another beautiful picture of Briar Rose when she is in the middle of setting off her curse. Bonus points for putting her hair in a complex braid like I mentioned it was!!)
I think she did a beautiful job–thanks again, Jess!
My new assistant, Meg, has officially taken over my inbox and is going through everything like a wizard! I’ll be popping a brief interview I had with here up on the blog in my next post, but for now I thought we could have some fun!
In my previous post, I got to chatting with a few of you Champions (I’m looking at you, Hannah, Cami, and Arletta) about fairy tale books in the comments, so I thought it would be fun to expand the topic and share my favorite fairy tale retellings! It is worth noting that I am absolutely prejudice towards authors who either 1) include humor in their stories or 2) use beautiful language. (I thought I should own up to this ahead of time because the pattern is going to be pretty dang obvious early on.)
So! Here’s a few of my favorite Fairy Tale Adaptations!
Best Cinderella: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Lavine
Gail does a lot of fairy tale-esque books, and while I enjoy them all Ella Enchanted is by far my favorite. Elle is an awesome heroine, and her story will both break your heart and make you laugh, plus the world building is some of the best I’ve seen.
Best Beauty and the Beast: Beauty by Robin McKinley
“Chalice” and “The Blue Sword” are probably my favorite of Robin’s books, but Beauty is right up there with them. It has Robin’s typical/gorgeous descriptions, and it–probably more so than any of the other books I’ve listed–has more of the beautiful-true-blue-fairy-tale feeling to it. (It’s the perfect story to curl up with on a rainy or snowy day.)
Best Goose Girl: Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
This book is why I will NEVER do a retelling of the Goose Girl fairy tale. It’s too perfect and too wonderful, I just can’t! If you haven’t read it yet…what are you waiting for!?! Reeeeaaaad!
Goose Chase by Patice Kindl
This story is based almost entirely on one particular fairy tale…but for the life of me I can’t recall it’s name right now and Google isn’t helping me. Still, as soon as you start reading it you’ll know the goose-related-fairy-tale that I’m blanking on. This book is so much fun and really deserves a read. The main character is a hoot–I love her sarcastic and down-to-earth personality that shines through no matter her circumstances.
Best 12 Dancing Princesses: The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskel
This book is by far the most original twist on the 12 Dancing Princesses story I’ve ever seen. It has a lot of humor in it, but it also digs deep into the story’s characters and examines what makes them tick. Merrie has a couple of other great fairy tale retellings–though Princess Curse is my favorite–so if you haven’t heard of her I highly recommend you give her a try!
Best Tam Lin retelling: The Perilous Guard by Elizabeth Marie Pope:
So this story technically isn’t a pure retelling of Tam Lin, but it’s still amazing…again because the main character is kick-butt and there’s several incredibly funny lines in the story. Please read it, because then we can laugh over the last few pages together–the best lines are in that part.
Best King Arthur retelling: Avalon High by Meg Cabot
So technically this isn’t a fairy tale, but who is splitting hairs? If you enjoy humor, then this modern rendition of King Arthur is all for you. It’s one of the few King Arthur stories that actually has a happy ending!
Best Original Fairy Tale: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Seriously, this story makes it on my top ten favorite books of all time, it’s that good. It’s adorable and fun, filled with lots of adventure and romance. AKA EVERYTHING I LOVE! It has a lot of common fairy tale elements–a transformation, magic battles, riddles, a self-centered wizard, and more–so even though it’s not based on a fairy tale per say, it would be right at home in Cinderella’s Kingdom or in Beast’s country.
Best Fairy Tale-esque author: Vivan Vande Velde
About 75% of Vivian’s work all has a fairy tale flavor to it–from Dragon’s Bait to Heir Apparent–and she’s an amazing writer. If you haven’t heard of her you are in for a real treat. She and Diana Wynne Jones are my literary heroes (along with Jane Austen, that is) so if I’m coming off as a fangirl…it’s because I am.
Where’s the indie love?!
Almost all of the stories listed above are books I grew up with, so I am highly, highly prejudice towards them. But there are still a lot of indie authors–like me–who have done some fun re-tellings! My favorites are: Aya Ling, Melanie Cellier, Shari L. Tapscot, Brittany Fitcher, Chanda Hahn, Jenni James, and Kelly Oram. I haven’t read everything by this awesome crew (yet anyway) but I know they’ve got some good stuff I think you guys will enjoy!
So….who–or what–did I forget? I know right off the bat I don’t have a favorite Sleeping Beauty retelling, but I haven’t really read one that has made me fall-head-over-heels-oh-my-goodness-I-forgot-to-eat-in-love yet. Any recommendations? Until next time, thanks for reading, Champions!