Top Ten Fairytale Retellings I Love (101)


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Top Ten Fairytale Retellings I Love

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

twelve dancing princesses
Artist unknown

As retold in Entwined by Heather Dixon.
(which is only like my most favouritest book EVER!)



East of the Sun, West of the Moon


east sun west moon fanart
The Art of Celine Kim

As retold in A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

“It’s based on Beauty and the Beast!”

Well, actually, no, it’s not. It’s much more closely based on very similar Norwegian tale called East of the Sun And West of the Moon. See, fairytales are classified according to type, and East of the Sun And West of the Moon is classified  as a ‘searching for a lost husband’ type, whereas the focus on Beauty and the Beast is the animal-like nature of the groom and his transformation from monster to human.

Tamlin isn’t particularly Beast-like – he’s preternaturally handsome, and has nothing but good intentions towards Fayre. A Beast needs to not only be ugly on the outside, so that the Beauty can look past his Beastliness, but be ugly on the inside, and turn human due to the Beauty’s patience and love. A Beast who is not Beat-like on the outside or the inside is not a Beast, but the bear from East of the Sun And West of the Moon. Anyway, Tamlin is kidnapped by another woman who desires him, which also happens in East of the Sun And West of the Moon, not Beauty and the Beast. So don’t be tricked or disappointed when you find out A Court of Thorns and Roses is in fact nothing like Beauty and the Beast except for the same initial set-up: a male imprisons a female because she owes him something, which is shared by both stories.

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

and Ice by Sarah Beth Durst


 Beauty and the Beast

beauty and the beast dance 4

As retold in Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty



As retold in Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Ember by Bettie Sharpe


and Ash by Malinda Lo





 As retold in The Rapunzel Dilemma by Jennifer Kloester

The Rapunzel Dilemma

 The Swan Princess

swan princess

As cleverly mashed up with Robin Hood and retold in The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest


There are four short stories in the anthology Grim I absolutely adored, so this is counting as my tenth entry:

  • Figment (Puss in Boots) by Jeri Smith-Ready
  • Beast/Beast (Beauty and the Beast) by Tessa Gratton
  • The Brothers Piggett (The Three Little Pigs) by Julie Kagawa
  • Better (The Pied Piper) by Shaun David Hutchinson


There are a WHOLE BUNCH of fairytale retellings I’m planning on reading. I’ve got a huge collection. That being said, please feel free to suggest any princess or fairytale (or Shakespeare/classic literature) retellings you think I might enjoy!


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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8 thoughts on “Top Ten Fairytale Retellings I Love (101)

  1. Auggie

    I’d never spoken with anyone that considered “A Court of Thorns and Roses” to be a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Everyone who has recommended it to me thus far has mentioned Tam Lin (I love love love love love Tam Lin retelling! But unfortunately haven’t yet read this book).

    I agree, though, from what I have scoped out and what I’ve heard seems nothing like a Beauty and the Best tale. Maybe we’ve just got some really die hard B&B fans out there.

    Love the list, quite a few on here I’ve been meaning to get my hands on.

  2. Bogdana

    I absolutely loved Cinder and Cruel Beauty. I am currently reading ACOTAR and I love it.

    Grimm is a book I have on my wishlist and hope to get soon. I am absolutely in love with fairytale retellings.

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