angela carter's book of fairy tales

Mythology/Folklore & Fairy Tale Recs Masterpost!

 Thank you all SO much for all the great recommendations! Instead of spamming you with tons of messages and posts and reblogs, here’s a master list of all the recs made today. 

East by Edith Pattou (East of the Sun, West of the Moon)
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier (12 Dancing Princesses)
Entwined by Heather Dixon (12 Dancing Princesses)
Tithe by Holly Black (Beauty & The Beast/Urban Fantasy)
The Goddess series by Aimee Carter (Mythology/Folklore)
Midnight Pearls by Debbie Viguie (The Little Mermaid)
Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier (Beauty & The Beast [Domestic Violence TW])
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis (Cupid & Psyche, also one of b00kstorebabe‘s favorites!)
The Veil trilogy by Christopher Golden (Various mythological creatures)
Splintered by AG Howard (Alice in Wonderland)
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (Alice in Wonderland)
The Child Thief by Brom (Peter Pan- Creepy)
Ash by Malinda Lo (Cinderella)
Sandman (graphic novels) by Neil Gaiman (Various)
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (Various)
Abandon by Meg Cabot (Hades & Perseophone)
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (creepy fairy tales)
Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin (The Aeneid)
The Hunter’s Moon by O.R. Melling (Modern fairy tales)
Beauty by Robin McKinley (Beauty and the Beast)
Anything by Juliet Marillier
Uprooted by Naomi Novik (fairy tales)


Also, I’m going to add my own

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly (fractured fairy tale)
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Norse/other/Ragnarok)
Feminist Fairy Tales by Barbara G. Walker
Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman
The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye by A. S. Byatt
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adieh (1001 Nights)
Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory (short stories, modern fairy tales)
The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen (amongst others)(mythology based)
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (Greek Mythology)
Lamb by Christopher Moore (Jesus’s childhood- satirical & funny)
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (creepy stories)

Thank you to everyone who contributed! 


brambleonthorn  alwaysreadingx  literateceillie  b00kwurm curiousthimble
skjam kvothe-the-sandwich @aubbles nerdyalerty negaverse-scum 
lovebooksallday magical-trees katreckless @femmealenko the-books-and-the-bees

Love & Squgs

Shauna (b00kstorebabe)

Edit: Added Uprooted by Naomi Novik!
Sons of Thestian (Celctic mythology fairytale)

What big teeth you have!
She saw how his jaw began to slaver and the room was full of the clamour of the forest’s Liebestod but the wise child never flinched, even when he answered:
All the better to eat you with.
The girl burst out laughing; she knew she was nobody’s meat.
—  “The Company of Wolves” (The Bloody Chamber), Angela Carter.
READING CHALLENGE LIST

This is a list of books to help people doing the Pop Sugar 2015 Reading Challenge.. or any challenge really! I will keep adding to this list as I’ve not done some categories yet.

MORE THAN 500 PAGES

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
The Way of Kings Part 1 and 2 by Brandon Sanderson
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Dune by Frank Herbert
The Host by Stephenie Meyer

CLASSIC ROMANCE

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Emma by Jane Austen
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

BOOKS THAT BECAME MOVIES

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Holes by Louis Sachar
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Beastly by Alex Flinn
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Dances with Wolves by Michael Blake
Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell
Ring by Koji Suzuki 

PUBLISHED IN 2015/2015 RELEASES

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
Armada by Ernest Cline
The Fearless by Emma Pass
Legend: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu
The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent
Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Winter by Marissa Meyer
The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
Never Never by Colleen Hoover
I Was Here by Gayle Forman
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
All the Rage by Courtney Summers
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
All Falls Down by Ally Carter
The Cage by Megan Shepherd

NUMBER IN THE TITLE

Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
1984 by George Orwell
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

WRITTEN BY SOMEONE UNDER 30

Divergent series by Veronica Roth
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Solitaire by Alice Oseman
Eragon by Christopher Paolini

NONHUMAN CHARACTERS

Watership Down by Richard Adams
Warrior Cat series by Erin Hunter
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Sight by David Clement-Davies
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Also try any of the Moomin books by Tove Jansson.

FUNNY BOOKS

Terry Prachett’s Discworld series
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
The Liar by Stephen Fry
Making History by Stephen Fry

Also try comedian memoirs for this one!

FEMALE AUTHORS

Alexandra Bracken
Cecelia Ahern
Beth Revis
Jodi Picoult
Veronica Roth
J.K. Rowling
Libba Bray
Lauren DeStefano
Rachel Vincent
Rachel Caine
Phillipa Gregory
Alice Sebold
Jeanette Walls
Sylvia Plath
The Brontes
Virginia Woolf
Margaret Atwood
Charlaine Harris
Agatha Christie
Anne Rice
Laurie Halse Anderson
Maya Angelou
Tove Jansson
PC Cast
Colleen Hoover
Sarah Dessen
Zadie Smith
Ursula K. Le Guin
Jennifer L. Arementrout
Amy Tan
Tamora Pierce
Nora Roberts
Danielle Steel
Meg Cabot
Mo Hayder
Gillian Flynn
Julie Kagawa

MYSTERIES/THRILLERS

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
Cormoran Strike series by JK Rowling
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Try authors like Mo Hayder, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Stephen King, John Grisham, Agatha Christie, and Wilkie Collins.

ONE WORD TITLES

Sanctum by Sarah Fine
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Slated series by Teri Terry
Wool by Hugh Howey
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
Talon by Julie Kagawa
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Uglies by Scott Westerfield
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Loser by Jerry Spinelli
Jaws by Peter Benchley
Wither series by Lauren DeStefano (all titles one word)
Forever by Judy Blume
Graceling by Kristen Cashore
Easy by Tammara Webber
House of Night series (all titles one word)
Butter by Erin Jade Lange
Ring by Koji Suzuki
Matched by Ally Condie
Poppet by Mo Hayder
Wonder by RJ Palaci
Stolen by Lucy Christopher

SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
Across the Wall by Garth Nix
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
Dubliners by James Joyce
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
St Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell
The Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Complete Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance by various authors

SET IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (Afghanistan)
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (Japan) – also Haruki Murakami’s work.
The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan (China)
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (Paris)
Little Bee by Chris Cleave (Africa)
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (India)
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Greece)
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman (Germany)
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (Italy)

For England, check out the Brontes, Neil Gaiman,

PULITZER PRIZE WINNERS

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinback
Independance Day by Richard Ford
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie
The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor

BASED ON A TRUE STORY

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

SCARY BOOKS

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Nobody True by James Herbert
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
Perfume: Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
Ring by Koji Suzuki
The Omen by David Seltzer
The Merciless by Danielle Vega 

MORE THAN 100 YEARS OLD

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Republic by Plato
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Medea by Euripides
Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales

GRAPHIC NOVELS

The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Watchmen by Alan Moore
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Legend: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu


BOOKS WITH MAGIC

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
Discworld series by Terry Pratchett
The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo
Green Rider by Kristin Cashore
The Assassin’s Apprentice by Cassandra Rose Clarke
The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Stardust by Neil Gaiman

BANNED BOOKS

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
1984 by George Orwell
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Forever by Judy Blume
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Lord of the Rings series by JRR Tolkien
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Garbiel Garcia Marquez

BASED ON OR TURNED INTO A TV SHOW

The Vampire Diaries series by LJ Smith
Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay
Nevermore by Keith R.A. DeCandido (Supernatural Book 1)
Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer
A Game of Thrones series by George RR Martin

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Steig Larsson
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
Ring by Koji Suzuki
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

See also: Haruki Murakami’s work.


SHORT BOOKS (CAN FINISH IN A DAY)

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Giver by Lois Lowry
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Game by Monica Hughes
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Green Angel by Alice Hoffman
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Loser by Jerry Spinelli
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

SET DURING CHRISTMAS

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
Miracle on Regent Street by Ali Harris
It Started With a Kiss by Miranda Dickinson
Ex-mas by Kate Brian
The Coal Elf by Maria DeVivo
The Gift by Cecilia Ahern

POPULAR AUTHOR’S FIRST BOOK

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Carrie by Steven King
Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Wildacre by Philippa Gregory
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Dying of the Light by George RR Martin
The Pilgrim’s Regress by CS Lewis
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Hear the Wind Sing by Haruki Murakami
Real Murders by Charlaine Harris

LOVE TRIANGLES

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
The Selection by Kiera Kass
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman
Splintered by AG Howard
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols
Need by Carrie Jones
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire
The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

GREAT COVERS


Entwined by Heather Dixon
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
Tinder by Sally Gardner
The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
The Book of Tomorrow by Cecilia Ahern
Witch Song by Amber Argyle
Winter Queen by Amber Argyle
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Splintered by AG Howard
Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Half Bad by Sally Green
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Teardrop by Lauren Kate

SET IN A HIGH SCHOOL

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
The Duff by Kody Keplinger
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
Girls in Love by Jacqueline Wilson
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Juste Listen by Sarah Dessen
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson


COLOUR IN THE TITLE

Green Rider by Kristin Cashore
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
White Horse by Alex Adams
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
A Red Sun Also Rises by Mark Hodder


PLAYS

Proof by David Auburn
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher
Wit by Margaret Edson
The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Antigone by Sophocles
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Endgame by Samuel Beckett
The Cherry Orchard by Anthony Chekhov
Medea by Euripides
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

Goes without saying but you can also look at the works of William Shakespeare.

TEARJERKERS

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Marley and Me by John Grogan
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Before I Die by Jenny Downham


SET IN THE FUTURE

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Legend by Marie Lu
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Brave New World by Aldous Heaney
1984 by George Orwell
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
I Am Legend by Richard Mattheson


ANTONYMS IN THE TITLE

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Fire and Ice by Michele Barrow-Belisle

justlikewonderful  asked:

Miss Megan, I need your help! My parents just got me a kindle, and I'm finally looking for the books I couldn't find here in Brazil. I know you've made a post about books with a BatB dynamic, and even recommend other versions of the tale that are not Perrault's but I can't find the post anywhere! Can you please recommend me some?

Oooh~! Beauty and the Beast books are one of my specialties! This isn’t an exhaustive list, since there are some really cringeworthy adaptations of the story out there, but these ones range from “That was OK” to “I own three copies”. Hope it’s helpful!

Straight-up Fairy Tale Retellings

Beauty - Robin McKinley 

Rose Daughter - Robin McKinley

Beast - Donna Jo Napoli

Belle - Cameron Dokey

Modern retellings

Beastly - Alex Flynn

Beast - Marion Churchland

Anthologies and Collections

The Bloody Chamber - Angela Carter (The courtship of Mr. Lyon, The Tiger’s Bride)

The Rose and The Beast - Francesca Lia Block (Beast)

Red as Blood or Tales from the Sisters Grimmer - Tanith Lee  (Beauty)

Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears - ed. Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling (The Beast)

Happily Ever After - ed. John Klima (The Rose Garden)

GRIM - ed.Christine Johnson (Beast/Beast, Beauty and the Chad)

The Blue Fairy Book - Andrew Lang (Beauty and the Beast)

A Twist on the Theme

The Princess Curse - Merrie Haskell

The Fire Rose - Mercedes Lackey

Twice Upon a Time: The Only One Who Didn’t Run Away - Wendy Mass

Cruel Beauty - Rosamund Hodge

Ingrid and the Wolf - André Alexis

Castle Waiting - Linda Medley

non-fiction

Beauty and the Beast: Visions and Revisions of an Old Tale - Betsy Hearne

Beauties and Beasts (Oryx Multicultural Folktale Collection) - Betsy Hearne

Six Myths of Our Time - Marina Warner

The Classic Fairy Tales - Iona and Peter Opie

Beauty and the Beast Tales from Around the World - Heidi Anne Heiner

The Meanings of Beauty and the Beast: A Handbook - Jerry Griswold

And, of course, you may enjoy my own adaptation of Beauty and The Beast in it’s webcomic and print form! You can also offer a review on Goodreads or subscribe to my neglected Patreon! ;)

“Pleasure - the things that give us pleasure - is subversive, Angela Carter says in the introduction to Old Wives’ Fairy Tale Book. We are thrown off balance (out of bounds, outside the normal rules) by delight, by terror, by beauty, by humor. And sometimes we dismiss the kind of work that evokes these responses in us, because it seems undignified, out of our control, unserious, un-adult. Unruly. The rules upon the stairs in Mr. Fox’s house tell the trespasser, ‘Be bold, be bold, but not too bold, lest that thy heart’s blood run cold.’ But the girl goes up the stairs anyway. Boldness is the point of the story. The girls and women in The Bloody Chamber remake the rules of the stories they find themselves in with their boldness. And Angela Carter, too, was bold. I tried to learn that lesson from her.”


- Kelly Link in the introduction to Angela Carter’s short story collection 'The Bloody Chamber’

The Fiction Trend: Fairy Tale Retellings

I know I mention fiction trends a lot, but rarely actually go into detail… Well, I’m sure you’ve all noticed fairy tale retellings are popular. It’s not exactly new news in fiction, but then again, not much is. Fiction is slow to adopt trends and just as slow to end them - agents might not want to see any books about vampires or werewolves anymore, but there are still awesome werewolf books being published (I just read one that I absolutely loved! When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord - published April 2015.)  

Fairy tale retellings are absolutely everywhere in today’s YA and are typically easy to pick out on the shelf - between the cover and the title, they aren’t trying to fool anyone. While there are plenty of those out there and many I’m sure are amazing, if you plan on reading anything in this vein, start with the fairy tale retelling queen, Angela Carter and her most notable collection The Bloody Chamber. Though it’s not super recent (published back in ‘79!), it’s without a doubt the “need-to-read” fairy tale retelling text. Though I warn, Carter’s The Bloody Chamber is not for the faint of heart. These fairy tales echo back to their original texts - not the Disney edits. 

And for fans of The Bloody Chamber, I also recommend the collection My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, from contemporary darlings such as Aimee Bender, Joyce Carol Oates, and Kelly Link (and lots more). 

When it comes to using this trend in your own work, I have just a few little suggestions that might help: 

  1. Know the story. This might seem obvious, but hear me out. Say you want to do a retelling of Cinderella - you know all about Cinderella, you’ve watched the movie over a hundred times. Sure you know the plot, but Cinderella is a hugely popular story and the fairy tale it was based on has many many many variations. Sure there are a few recognizable plot points, but if you’re going to retell it, I strongly recommend doing a bit of research. Fairy tales are highly interpretive and often involve a lot of poetic justice. There might be something in a less popularized version of the story that goes perfectly with your vision for the retelling. 
  2. Read up on the other retellings. If you’re writing a novel on werewolves, you pretty much should read up on most of the other werewolf books already out there. When it comes to fairy tale retellings, it’s the same, but all the more important. If you’re all using the same plot, how is your story going to be different? 
  3. Don’t be afraid for it to get a little bit weird. Fairy tales are weird. If you don’t think so, just google search Baba Yaga. If this is your biggest concern, I’ve got a few tips on how to hold your novel in high-regard and avoid wimping out on daring ideas. 

How did I forget to mention this in the book recommendation post?! (Because I hadn’t had coffee yet, oh right.)

Anyway, are you looking for lush, hypnotic stories with a creepy fairy tale air? GO FIND THE BLOODY CHAMBER BY ANGELA CARTER. I prefer her short stories to her novels, and The Bloody Chamber is my favorite collection of her work.

(AAAAAUGH, WHY is there no digital version of it available in the US? I want to have a copy on my phone at all times, dammit!)