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Ten Fairy Tale Adaptations

May 23, 2012

Yet another week where I haven’t finished anything in time to review it, so I’m sticking thematically with last week’s post and making a list of my favorite fairy tale adaptations. A couple of these are also included in my list of Fantasy Romance books, but I think they’re worth repeating here.

1. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier – I  might as well start off with this one, even though I just reviewed it last week. Based on The Twelve Dancing Princesses and set in Transylvannia, it’s got fairies, vampires, a witch, and an enchanted frog.

2. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – I know I talk about this book a lot, but that’s just because I love it so much! A clever, funny version of Cinderella, with a smart, sassy heroine who thinks for herself and a prince who loves her for exactly that reason.

3. East by Edith Pattou – It’s been a while since I read this. I’ll have to read it again sometime because I remember really enjoying it. It’s based on East of the Sun, West of the Moon, and stays very true to the original story while expanding it and going into greater depth.

4. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale – Shannon Hale is basically a master of fairy tale retellings. In this one, she takes the basic story of The Goose Girl and makes it completely her own, creating a world so elaborate that there are three sequels following some of the supporting characters.

5. The Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale – And then there’s this delightful retelling of a little known fairy tale called Maid Maleen, set in a fantasy version of Mongolia. In which I discovered what it’s like to read a fairy tale story when you don’t know how it’s going to end (it’s kind of exciting)!

6. Serendipity Market by Penny Blubaugh – This is a charming collection of re-told fairy tales, all brought together by an over-arching plot in which various characters tell their own stories in order to keep the world in balance. The fairy tales used include Cinderella, The Princess and the Pea, Tam Lin, The Shoemaker and the Elves, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood.

7. The Storyteller’s Daughter by Cameron Dokey – All of the books in this Once Upon a Time series are great fun, but this is one of my favorites, based on The Arabian Nights. There aren’t a whole lot of adaptations of this story out there, so this was refreshing.

8. Golden by Cameron Dokey – Another of Cameron Dokey’s contributions to the Once Upon a Time series, this one is based on Rapunzel. Lots of interesting twists on the story here, and not one but two engaging romances.

9. Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale – This is a wholly unique take on the Rapunzel story, set in a world that’s part Fantasy Kingdom and part Old West, with a spunky Rapunzel who uses her braids like lassos.

10. Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst – An interesting story in which fairy tale characters have escaped from The Wild and are living in the modern world. It’s centered on Rapunzel’s daughter, who has to find a way to rescue her mother and the others when The Wild grows up to take it’s characters back.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kristina R permalink
    May 24, 2012 1:58 pm

    Ella Enchanted is one of my favorite books, even though I am like, old now. LOVE IT.


    • aftran permalink
      May 24, 2012 2:17 pm

      Me too. It is basically perfect. 🙂

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