Fairy tale retellings

The Princesses of Old

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To be honest when I started this blog I didn’t think I’d get any! It’s really encouraging to see so many people interested in my novel and my OC’s- it makes me have faith ^_^

I’m working hard on the next original fic. It’s short but sweet and I hope you enjoy it! I hope to update it within the next couple of days (Monday at the latest so I can fine tune it) Can’t rush these things~

In the meantime though some headcannons about more of the Fairy Tale Princesses:

The Little Mermaid: Is a story which is hundreds and hundreds of years old in TGFF universe. It’s old enough that some people believe it’s true, but a few doubters have popped up. Still…they say that Queen Celina of Coralla was once rescued by a strange water spirit. Hmm… (I know the story was originally published a few decades after this story is set but hey- just because it was WRITTEN then, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen earlier right? Hehe cheeky creative license).

Snow White: A very distant relative of Beauty,  perhaps a great, great Aunt. Beauty runs on her mother’s side of the family after all. Snow died a few years before Paige and Co were  born but Snow White was sort of the Queen Victoria of TGFF- beloved by all and worked exceedingly hard for the rights of the common working folk. The Dwarves left an impression on her- she always remembered their kindness in taking in a downtrodden young girl.

Rapunzel: The lost Princess. Unlike in the original story, where the Prince takes Rapunzel and their children back to his Kingdom once they are reunited, instead they live their lives hidden. I believed that, in the many years the Prince was searching blindly for her, he came to appreciate a simpler life and had no longing to go back home again. He was the youngest child, neglected by his parents for being the weakest, so it makes sense that he’s attracted to Rapunzel’s kindness and would want to shield them from the life he left behind. Rapunzel herself, has spent years locked away in the tower and would want her and her children to see as much of the world as possible. So the Prince marries her, thus she becomes the Lost Princess. They live the rest of their days in peace, discovering magic and having fun adventures  along the way. They even move East, where they discover Dragons and Genies- things which were lost to the Western Kingdoms.

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It’s a faboulous compilation of fairy tale retellings, and all the stories have something in common: canonically MOGAI characters and happy endings 💜

chaoslaborantin  asked:

I read "Cruel Beauty" after your recommendation and enjoyed it a lot. I like how the author doesn't cling too close to the original story and allows her characters to be selfish and mean. Ignifex reminds me of Irial from "Wicked Lovely" ;-) I'm only bothered Miss Hodge doesn't follow the Mediterranean setting all the way (including POCs, architecture and clothing) and places Arcadia in Britain instead. But in my head, the story takes place in the south still. part 1

I started “Crimson Bound” once I finished and I admire Rachelle even more. She’s strong, clever, trusts herself and yet she has to deal with her guilt. I want to ship her with Amélie, their hidden feelings for each other seem so obvious. Back to “Beauty and the Beast”, have you seen the French movie from 2014? I enjoyed it very much, espeicially the casting. (Léa Seydoux <3) I like it better than the Disney movie, which wasn’t my thing. part 2

That was my favorite part of Cruel Beauty, too! I’ve had  weak spot for unlikeable characters since I was a teenager, because it always felt so refreshing to me, when so many other characters fit nicely within the lines. Wendy Mass did an awesome job with this and I loved her books as a teen. They’re contemporary and not fantasy, but I still recommend them (A Mango-Shaped Space, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, and Leap Year). And you’re totally right, now that I’m recalling! Ignifex is a lot like Irial. I do wish that we’d gotten to see more of their ever after, but overall I really enjoyed it (especially how she maintained the dream prince from the original de Villeneuve version with Shade). Good points about the Mediterranean elements, though I always kind of had it fixed in my head as set there and not in Britain. Perhaps I missed some references to Britain that indicate it’s set there.

I think I actually enjoyed Crimson Bound even more, though for some reason my first read-through was interrupted. I remember feeling like it was slow at first, but then the second half was like a mile-a-minute. I did not see the twist coming with Erec at all. Plus, having a background in medieval studies, I adored the references to France in the Middle Ages and during the Court of the Sun King. Also, the gender-swapped “Girl Without Hands”? Amazing. It’s definitely on my list to reread again very soon! 

I have seen the 2014 La Belle et La Bête, and while the movie was beautiful, I didn’t love the romance between Belle and the Beast. The backstory behind the Beast was interesting, but the plots seemed to get unnecessarily tangled in the end. I think they tried to add too much to the story and didn’t focus on what’s important about the fairy tale. I did enjoy it and it was very pretty, but it wasn’t my favorite take on the story. 

I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying Crimson Bound and liked Cruel Beauty! If you’re looking for another other recommendations, I’d try East by Edith Pattou. It’s a retelling of East of the Sun and West of the Moon and I devoured it the last time I read it. :)


YA Retellings brought to you by Epic Reads - Fairy Tale Retellings:

Beauty and the Beast: East by Edith Pattou / Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George / Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley / Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge / Spirited by Nancy Holder / Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier / The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison / Stung by Bethany Wiggins / The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle / Beastly by Alex Flinn / Beauty by Robin McKinley / Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

The Little Mermaid: September Girls by Bennett Madison / Fathomless by Jackson Pearce / Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama / Midnight Pearls by Cameron Dokey / Mermaid: A Twist on a Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon

Cinderella: Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix / Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine / Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George / Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas / If I have A Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? by Melissa Kantor / Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge / Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott / Cinder by Marissa Meyer / Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey / Ash by Malinda Lo

Rumpelstiltskin: A Curse As Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce / Spinners by Donna Jo Napoli / The Crimson Thread by Suzanne Weyn

The Frog Prince: Cloaked by Alex Flinn / Enchanted by Alethea Kontis / The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley / Water Song by Suzanne Weyn

The Snow Queen: Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce / Winter’s Child by Cameron Dokey / Stork by Wendy Delsol

Little Red Riding Hood: Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright / Scarlet by Marissa Meyer / The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly / Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce / Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguié / Dust City by Robert Paul Weston

Twelve Dancing Princesses: Entwined by Heather Dixon / The Phoenix Dance by Dia Calhoun / The Night Dance by Suzanne Weyn / Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George / Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Hansel and Gretel: Sweetly by Jackson Pearce / Bewitching by Alex Flinn / Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs

Rapunzel: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth / Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett / Towering by Alex Flinn / Cress by Marissa Meyer / Golden by Cameron Dokey / Zel by Donna Jo Napoli

Snow White: Beauty by Nancy Ohlin / Snow by Tracy Lynn / The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman / The Rose and the Beast by Francesca Lia Block / The Serpent’s Shadow by Mercedes Lackey / Nameless by Lili St. Crow / Fairest by Gail Carson Levine / Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan (*this is actually a retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red”) / Devoured by Amanda Marrone

Sleeping Beauty: A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn / Briar Rose by Jane Yolen / Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey / Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay / The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson / Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley / Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross / A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

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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?
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


10 Fairy Tale Retellings releasing June - November 2015

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler - June 2

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes - June 9

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell - August 4

A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell - September 1

Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas - September 15

Mirrored by Alex Flinn - September 15

Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis - October 6

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston - October 6

Wendy Darling by Colleen Oakes - October 13

Winter by Marissa Meyer - November 10

Swan Brothers

It happened one summer that a curse fell on my family. The details aren’t important. We could be here all night with who married whom and who cursed what. There was a curse, that’s all you need to know.

All seven of my brothers were turned into swans. From loud, hard-handed boys, they became mute birds, with wings as white as cloud and eyes as dark as heaven.

There was a great deal of chaos. There usually is, when someone turns into a bird. They went mad indoors and had to be ushered out into the gardens, to flap and sulk and arch their necks in beautiful reproach.

The wise woman of the woods came to me, with her hair wrapped up in leaf and copper wire. She told me that I was given the task of weaving seven shirts in silence, and only then would they be restored to human form.

A single word spoken, a single stitch unsewn, and they would be swans forever.

As soon as the wisewoman left the room, I pitched my spindle into the fire and sang aloud the raunchiest song I knew.

I never liked my brothers. They made much better swans.

The End


“The coming generations may forget that the price of the peace they will enjoy was paid in blood. But for the historians, the truth seekers and the curious: here is the light and dark of it.”

Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West


10 Fairy Tale Retellings releasing January - May, 2015

Fairest by Marissa Meyer - January 27

Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross - January 27

Dearest by Alethea Kontis - February 3

Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen - February 3

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas - February 24

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige - March 31

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge - May 5

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas - May 5

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh - May 12

Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt - May 19

Like fairy tales? Love them even more when they’re retold in all their vicious, dark glory? Then today’s your day because Grim, an anthology of fairy tale retellings, edited by Christine Johnson and published by Harlequin Teen, is out now!

This anthology includes fairy tales retold by:

  • Ellen Hopkins
  • Amanda Hocking
  • Julie Kagawa
  • Claudia Gray
  • Rachel Hawkins
  • Kimberly Derting
  • Myra McEntire
  • Malinda Lo
  • Sarah Rees-Brennan
  • Jackson Pearce
  • Christine Johnson
  • Jeri Smith Ready
  • Shaun David Hutchinson
  • Saundra Mitchell
  • Sonia Gensler
  • Tessa Gratton
  • Jon Skrovron

“Johnson (The Gathering Dark) brings together 17 authors in a collection of reimagined fairy tales that hark back to their dark, edgy roots. … Romantic elements are prominent, as are queer characters and themes, giving rise to unexpected, even radical interpretations. Standouts include Malinda Lo’s “The Twelfth Girl,” which sees “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” set at a boarding school; Jon Skovron’s “The Raven Princess,” which puts a charming twist on the story of a princess cursed to live as a bird; and Tessa Gratton’s “Beauty and the Beast” retelling, “Beast/Beast,” which gives the Beast a worthy adversary.”
Publishers Weekly

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