Fairy tale retellings

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YA Fairy Tale Retellings

I’ve had several people ask for some YA retelling book recommendations, so here are a few of each! I marked my favorites with an asterisk:


Snow White

Beauty & the Beast

Sleeping Beauty


The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Peter Pan

Aladdin/1,001 Nights

Red Riding Hood

Hansel & Gretel: Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

The Little Mermaid: Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon

The Frog Prince: 

Rumpelstiltskin: A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

The Snow Queen

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Do you have any tips for rewriting a fairytale?

I personally love a good fairytale retelling. I feel like this is a theme that’s a little more popular especially in fan fictions and YA books. I remember when Wicked first came out there seemed to be a flood of stories that started surfacing because people love seeing classics re-imagined. There are a few key elements that can help your story stand out.

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Absolutely one of my favorite fairytale retellings. I finished this book in one sitting, I couldn’t put it down! The story line was rich. The world building was amazing within the first couple of chapters. Rosamund Hodge was very descriptive Which I loved. It created vivid scenes and made me feel all the feels. Beautiful read. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on more of her retellings.

“Don’t look at the shadows too long or a demon might look back”

Snow White- the People’s Queen

I’ve always liked to think of Snow White as the sort of Queen Victoria of the fairy tale world. Like Victoria, her childhood/adolescence was greatly affected by adults with their own agendas- albeit in different ways. 

Victoria did a lot to help in terms of children’s rights and I imagine that, being subjected to the abuse that she was, Snow would also be dedicated to protecting children and rescuing them from negative circumstances. I imagine orphanages gained significant more funding under her care.

Snow also saw the harsh realities of life for the working poor and it most likely had a profound affect on her more than any poisoned apple could have. If this was her stepmother’s legacy, a Kingdom full of suffering children and workers with little to no rights, then she would be determined to change it for the better.

Of course such reforms are often met with resistance, especially considering such liberal ideas. Her husband, the King, has been surrounded by such politics his entire life and (like Albert for Victoria) was a guide for her during her early years of power, and never ending support for his beloved wife. They unify their Kingdoms, hoping to spread their reforms and improve the lives of as many people as they can- and so they go down in history as the ultimate fairy tale power couple. The royals who spoke to the hopes of the people.

Years later their influence is still felt, and she is greatly missed when she dies. The day of her funeral, people line the streets, eating red apples to signify their mourning- a symbolic gesture to show that a part of their country has died with her.

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Day 15: Gay

I was a bit hesitant to read yet another fairytale retelling, but as soon as I found out Ash was wlw, I jumped right on board! There can never have enough diverse retellings, in my opinion. Especially when they subvert the whole boy gets girl/girl gets boy trope. 

In fact, if you have any recs for retellings that feature diverse MCs (particularly those written by ownvoices), let me know! 

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Sleeping Beauty

Beauty and the Beast

The Little Mermaid

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Little Red Ridding Hood

Snow White


Alice in Wonderland

The Goose Girl

Peter pan

Other Retellings

What is your favorite fairy tale retelling? Any retellings that aren’t on the list that you would recommend?