Saturday, May 5, 2007

Retold fairy tales

Not to belabor the subject or anything, but as I was writing the last post all these other wonderful fairy tale novels kept coming to mind, and so I've been wracking my brains to think of all my favorites. Here is a list of what I've come up with so far, in no particular order, in case anyone's interested.
  • Briar Rose by Jane Yolen - a powerful tale that uses themes from Sleeping Beauty to tell a story about the holocaust. (teen/adult)
  • Tam Lin by Pamela Dean - takes the story from the old Scottish ballad and sets it in a university where nothing is quite as it seems. (teen/adult)
  • The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker - 14-year-old Princess Esmeralda is persuaded to kiss a frog, but instead of landing a handsome prince, she turns into a frog instead. (children)
  • Jack, the Giant Killer by Charles de Lint - set in Ottowa, the story is retold in a surprising new way with Jacky, a female, as the heroine. (teen/adult)
  • Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper - Beauty manages to avoid the curse, but instead is kidnapped by mysterious people from another time and place. This one is definitely the most bizarre - and interesting - retellings I've read. (adult)
  • The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter - really fun, feminist, sexy retellings of fairy tales that make you never think of them the same way again. Especially the Bluebeard one! (adult)
  • Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl - a poor goose girl does a good deed and finds herself rewarded with gold-dust hair and diamond tears. Soon a king and a prince are fighting over her (well, the gold dust and diamonds, anyway), and all she wants is to be her poor, normal goose-girl self. I love this one for the feisty heroine and the hilariously stupid prince. (teen)
  • Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis - a retelling of the Cupid and Psyche myth - very powerful, a fascinating twist on the myth. (adult)
  • The Godmother by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough - set in modern-day Seattle, it involves a social worker, a fairy godmother, and twists on several traditional fairy tales. This is the first in a trilogy that's a lot of fun. (teen/adult)

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