It’s no secret that I love fairy tales and am endlessly fascinated by how they inspire other people’s creative work. I enjoy many retellings, but these are my top 5 (I also include movies in this list):
Beauty by Robin McKinley
Richly detailed, with a strong, scholarly protagonist, this upper MG/YA retelling of Beauty & the Beast is on my keeper shelf (and I’m waiting patiently for my daughter to grow into it).
I was unimpressed after seeing the trailer, but I ended up LOVING the movie. I adore Rapunzel’s sunniness, determination, vulnerability, and innocence. Mother Gothel is a great (evil-great, that is) villain, and Flynn a very different kind of “prince”.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
A clever and fun take on the Cinderella story.
In spite of a few cheesy moments, this Cinderella retelling gets a thumbs-up for grounding the story in a historical context.
“Stronger Than Time” by Patricia C. Wrede
This beautiful, melancholy retelling of Sleeping Beauty never ceases to make my heart ache. You can read this short story in the anthology, Book of Enchantments.
What are your favorite fairy tale retellings?
Also, check out my favorite fairy tale picture books here.