Daily Archives: October 14, 2011

Fairytales are sometimes better retold

I have always loved fairytales.  As a child I would have my mom read fairytales to me nearly every night before bed.  Sometimes my mom would make-up fairytales.

Fairytales have an endearing enduring quality about them.  After listening and reading the tales over and over again, the characters become apart of our childhood and who we are.  We start to identify with certain characters; they become so familiar that we know them immediately in any story in any retelling.

I would like to share with you some of my favorite retellings of some old classical fairytales,

  • Beauty by Robin McKinley
  • Fables  by Bill Willingham (This is actually a graphic novel)
  • Entwined by Heather Dixon (Melissa wrote a book review)
  • Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

The nice thing about retelling a fairytale is you don’t have to write a book.  There are hundreds of short stories with retellings of fairytales or stories that involve a fairytale character. One of the reasons I love Fables so much is because not only does Willingham incorporate the classic character in a modern setting he also adds characters from nursery rhymes.  Suddenly little Boy Blue is working for King Cole and Snow White.

In the August issue of Gallery of Worlds, Brittany Meng wrote,  “Tallow and Tuffet,” a fascinating little story about Jack, not Jack in the beanstalk but Jack be nimble.

And look for more retellings and new fairytales in the All Hollow’s Edition of Gallery of Worlds.