Fab Five Fairytale Retellings
This post is inspired by the beautiful new “Cinderella” movie! Yes, we all know the plot, but we’ve never seen it like this before! The colors are amazing, the costumes are swoon-worthy, Cinderella is strong and inspirational, and on and on. I LOVE fairytale retellings because I love these classic themes and seeing how they are timeless even in different settings and situations. So, in honor of Cinderella, here are five fab fairytale retellings.
1. Desperately Ever After by Laura Kenyon: Oh my gosh, I ADORE this series! It takes the classic fairytale characters and drops them into the modern world with modern problems. The Beast is cheating on Belle, Cinderella had children too quickly and never got to fulfill her own dreams, Penny’s (Princess and the Pea) husband is a mama’s boy, and Rapunzel refuses to let any man into her heart after being abandoned by her prince. It’s totally chick lit style. All of the characters are flawed, not perfect like in the fairytales, and they all experience personal growth. This book is the bee’s knees!
2. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine: This was one of those books where I saw the movie first and enjoyed it, then read the book and thought it was so much better! Ella is cursed with the “gift” of obedience. She must do what she is told to do. Of course, her step-mother and step-sisters take major advantage of this. Ella goes on an adventure to find the fairy who cursed her to undo the curse and falls in love with the prince along the way. I felt so bad for Ella because of her curse, but she was so strong and clever despite it. An awesome YA read!
3. Beastly by Alex Finn: Ok in all honesty, I haven’t read this book yet. It’s been on my to-read forever after I saw the movie and was surprised by how much I loved it! Kyle Kingsbury, the richest and most popular guy in his New York high school, has been cursed by a girl in his English class because he treats others rudely. He is turned into a “beast” (becomes ugly) and has two years to find true love. He’s going to have to get past looks and find someone else who can as well!
4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer: I haven’t read this series yet, but my blog partner has and I have met the author in-person (at one of our awesome book events!). Cinder is a cyborg with a mysterious past. The prince begins to fall for her, not knowing she is considered a sub-par citizen due to being a cyborg. In addition, the earth is suffering from a deadly disease and considering making an alliance with an evil lunar queen. What a creative re-telling of Cinderella putting a dystopian/space/sci fi twist on the story!
5. Unenchanted by Chanda Hahn: Mina thought she was a typical teenage girl until she finds out she is a descendant from the Brothers Grimm. Her family is cursed to live out every fairy tale and try to survive until the end in order to break the curse. In book one, she gets through two of the 200 stories she needs to complete. I loved the premise of this story, though I do think it could be better done. Here’s hoping the sequels are an improvement!
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