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. 


About LizzyBeth

There is a Story inside of me that I must give a voice. I write so that imagination can take me to Faerie and I can catch a glimpse of the Otherworld and hopefully so will you.

Posted on October 14, 2011, in Book Review, Books, Children's Literature, Fairytales, Lantern Hollow Press Authors, Rachel Burkholder and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine is my favorite Cinderella tale. She’s also written a series of short, charming little retellings including the story of Sleeping Beauty and The Princess and the Pea (one of my favorites).

    Also Shannon Hale’s Goose Girl is phenomenal.

    Great list!

  2. Great post! I’m a huge fan of fairytale retellings and I’m always amazed by the individuality that authors can give to stories that everyone thinks they know inside out. I second the recommendation of Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. I’d also suggest the Nursery Crimes series by Jasper Fforde (starting with The Big Over Easy) which incorporates well-known nursery rhymes into a comic crime novel.

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