Wanted: Lesser Known Fairy Tales

Jun
07
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Have you ever wished you could find that one book that was about _____? Have you ever found yourself wondering what a book with a certain kind of theme or message would be like? That’s exactly what “Wanted” is all about. A semi-regular feature, I use “Wanted” to talk about all those books I wish I could find that nobody seems to have written yet. If you happen to know of some books that fit my criteria, I would love for you to send them my way through the comments!

I adore fairy tales and fairy tale retellings. But, strangely enough, the majority of my favorite fairy tales are the ones that aren’t very well known, and are rarely retold. Everyone loves Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. Quite a few like Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast (admittedly, one of my favorites too. But the most mainstream of all of them, I promise!) But what about Tam Lin? The Twelve Dancing PrincessesThe Snow Queen? Swan Lake or The Firebird? Even the more well-known ones that just don’t get retold, like Hansel and Gretl or The Princess and the Pea. These fairy tales aren’t worse than the big five – they just get ignored because everyone is so obsessed with the others. Let’s see a few new ones shall we?

Some examples of uncommon fairy tale retellings that I’ve loved: Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, East by Edith Pattou, many of the Once Upon a Time series published by Simon Pulse, The Snow Queen by Mercedes Lackey.





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4 Responses to “Wanted: Lesser Known Fairy Tales”

  1. Heather Dixon has a great retelling of the twelve dancing princess: Entwined. I really like the blend of fairytales in Enchanted. Cinder & Scarlet are GREAT examples of using an original tale and spinning a completely new story. Jessica Day George’s other books are also good. I loved E.D Baker – The wide-awake princess. A.C Gaughen – Scarlet is amazing. A.G Howard – Splintered is pretty good.

    If you like fairytales, you might want to check my blog and the tag ‘fairytales’ It’s my favorite genre and I read many of them! :)

    • *Enchanted from Alethea Kontis.
      Cinder & Scarlet from Marissa Meyer.

      Bridget Zinn – Poison is fairytale-ish. Very cute and funny.
      Kate Danley – The woodcutter. I was SO surprised by this book! It’s very good. A blend of several fairytales.
      Jim Hines has a series ‘the stepsister scheme’ is the first book. It looks like fun.
      Shannon Hale – Goose girl. Haven’t read it yet.

      Absolute favorite: Juliet Marillier – Daughter of the forest (princess and the swan retelling) and Heart’s blood (beauty and the beast) and Wildwood (twelve dancing princesses)
      Zoë Mariott – The swan kingdom.

      • Ohhh and Jodi Lynn Anderson – Tiger Lily! This book made it to my favorite books of all time. It’s one of the best retellings I’ve read so far :) Retelling from Peter Pan through Tinkerbell’s eyes.

        • Anne says:

          They’re my favorite too, so I’ve actually read most of the ones you’ve listed :-) I’m talking even more rare than that though – like somebody (the author escapes me at the moment) just wrote a retelling of Bluebeard. Or fairytales from non-western cultures like Baba Yaga or some of the Japanese tales (though I didn’t specify that since I’ve already posted about that in itself). I guess what I’m saying is there were hundreds of tales in the original Grimms and Hans Christian Anderson books – why is it only 20 or so get retold?

          Funnily enough your two favorites are ones that I didn’t particularly care for. No accounting for taste, I guess :-)

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