Top Ten Fairytale Retellings I Love
The Twelve Dancing Princesses
As retold in Entwined by Heather Dixon.
(which is only like my most favouritest book EVER!)
East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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.
and Ice by Sarah Beth Durst
Beauty and the Beast
As retold in Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
As retold in Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Ember by Bettie Sharpe
and Ash by Malinda Lo
As retold in The Rapunzel Dilemma by Jennifer Kloester
The Swan Princess
As cleverly mashed up with Robin Hood and retold in The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson
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