I enjoy fairytale retellings, and I love seeing how authors twist and adapt existing stories and make them their own. I’ve read and watched a decent handful of retellings, but these three are tops on my list.
The Beast of Talesend by Kyle Robert Shultz
I read this early last month, all in one sitting, and I laughed out loud multiple times. I greatly enjoyed how Shultz twisted the fairytales we all know and love into something so fun and new. This book is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, primarily, but I loved the looks we got at various other fairytale elements as well, and the world that Shultz has created around fairytales as a whole. Shultz’s writing is some of my favorite out there for its quality and humor, and I would definitely recommend The Beast of Talesend.
The Lunar Chronicles
Chances are you’ve already heard of this series, but it’s a great series. I love the sci-fi elements, the fairytales woven in, the characters (Cress, Thorne, and Iko are my favorite), just the whole thing. I think it was overall masterfully done, and I really need to reread these now that I own the entire series. Definitely worth checking out if you enjoy sci-fi and fairytale retellings.
Once Upon a Time
This is a TV show, not a book, but it’s a show that I’ve enjoyed quite a bit. Intertwining fairytales is one of my favorite things (in case you couldn’t tell from my prior choices and the fairytale retellings I wrote), and seeing how the writers of Once Upon a Time interpreted and twisted the fairytales and then wove them all together is amazing. The family tree gets a little complicated, but it’s fun nevertheless. So if you’d like to see well-done storytelling and how fairytale characters would behave in the real world… check out this show.
Giveaway Winner Announcement & Obligatory Self-Promo
First things first, the WINNER of the Mirror-Hunter Chronicles giveaway is…
If you didn’t win and you haven’t ordered a copy of The Mirror-Hunter Chronicles yet, you can find the Amazon page here. I have a goal to sell 30 copies (of either format) before June 10th, and I’m up to 8. I’m almost a third of the way there. I’d love for you to be the next person to enjoy The Mirror-Hunter Chronicles. ^-^
How about you? What are some of your favorite fairytale retellings? What’s your favorite original fairytale? Let me know down in the comments! :)