retellings of fairy tales

Currently reading: Beauty and the Billionaire by Jessica Clare

Beauty and the Beast stories in romance novels rely heavily on injury or birth “defects” in order to make the Beast beastly. But the situation is generally that the hero believes himself to be a beast due to his appearance or pain, not that he’s actually a beast. The growing love of the heroine — in spite of his poor treatment of her, which she quickly sees through — is what teaches him that he is a valid person who deserves love.

We have all of these popular retellings of a fairy tale but in our versions, the beast doesn’t get to magically become a man with a perfect appearance. He must stay within the body in which he exists and instead learn to love himself as he is. Often, along with the love of his life, the most he is given is a new way to manage his pain.

We rejected the perfect fairy tale in favor of a human version where people learn and grow, but still get saddled with the unrealistic label.

Cinderella stories more frequently adhere to the original fairy tale formula, in which the heroine is rewarded for her goodness in the face of adversity with both love and wealth, but I’ve never known Cinderella stories to be half as popular as Beauty and the Beast within romance.

Fanfic Writers

I don’t understand why people think fanfiction writers aren’t real writers.

I mean, have you ever read a fanfiction? Have you read how wonderfully their descriptions​ are? How well they know the characters?

I am a full-time​ writer and I write my own stories but I’m far below the average Fanfic writers when it comes to writing scenes and describing emotions.

If a writer writes a retelling of old work/fairy tale, they’re applauded and praised but that’s what Fanfic writers are doing. Retelling a story in a completely unique way with old set of characters.

It just annoys me. But shout out to all the fabulous Fanfic writers out there (yes, even though you write fanfics about my anti-ships). Thank you for your selfless contribution to our fandoms (and fantasies which we know won’t ever happen).

Fandoms and the world of storytelling are incomplete without you all.

I have nothing but utmost respect and love for you. 💗

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:

Cinderella

Snow White

Beauty & the Beast

Sleeping Beauty

Rapunzel

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

Book Reviews : Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

I actually liked this for Scarlet because in many ways I could relate to her. We were both close to our Grandmothers and have the same relationship with them. I thought the way she met her Wolf was clever and I liked this book because of that. I was not a fan of the insta-love.

Click here for a Pinterest infographic of these books!

Cinderella

Sleeping Beauty

Beauty and the Beast

The Little Mermaid

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Little Red Ridding Hood

Snow White

Rapunzel

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?
“Entreat Me”, by Grace Draven

WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT

  • FEMINISM all over the book
  • The conversations here are SO IMPORTANT and SO ON POINT
  • Consent
  • A woman who confesses to her lover that she pleasures herself thinking of him
  • Talking about the menstruation openly
  • A man respecting the woman because all of the above
  • Talking about women’s worth beyond virginity/reputation
  • disfigurement/diseases/curses/magic
  • Love… oh so much love here
  • BEST BEAUTY AND THE BEAST RETELLING I’VE EVER RED
  • I mean, it even has cursed roses
  • and THE MIRROR to watch over her father!
  • Maedieval-ish setting (Fantasy)
  • A castle that’s protected by sorcery
  • A woman willing to support her lover through his “crisis”
  • Tears… my tears!

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ALL THAT AND MORE, I HAVEN’T FINISHED THE BOOK YET!

Recommended Reads of 2016

(in which I realize how horrible I am at describing books)

As 2016 draws to a close, I decided to make a list of ten of my favorite books I read this year (not necessarily books published in 2016 though).  I hope you all appreciate this, and I’d love to know what books you loved this year as well!

In no particular order:

1. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord: This was one of the first books I read this year, and it was so adorable I just had to put it on this list.  It’s about a girl whose first and only boyfriend died, so she is now living her life with a lot more caution.  Basically, it just chronicles how she copes with this and lives her life (I’m so sorry that was a horrible synopsis haha).   By no means was the writing beautiful, and there were plenty of cringe-worthy moments, but it was just a nice and (mostly) fluffy read.  All the references to literature (specifically to Pride and Prejudice) made my nerdy heart happy.  Also, I am such a sucker for a cute nerdy guy (both in books and real life, haha–honestly, if you know of a good book with this kind of guy, let me know) so I understandably loved Max.

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: The Start of Me and You was actually what convinced me to finally read this classic, and boy am I glad I did!!! Honestly, I’m so obsessed with this story (which I don’t think I need to summarize).  Like, this obsession is unhealthy.  I’ve only read the book once, but I’ve watched the miniseries like three times this year and the movie (from 2005, obviously) probably (and I am not even kidding) 20 or 30 times this year.  Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen (if you’re as in love with him as I am, you HAVE to listen to him reading some of Pride and Prejudice – I want him to narrate my life omg) are literally my faves fajkldjgaoi I AM OBSESSED AAH.  But I digress, because this is about books.  Basically I love it.

3. First & Then by Emma Mills: Okay so this is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice (are you noticing a theme?? – I could literally read/watch nothing but P&P adaptations for the rest of my life and be perfectly content).  As the blurb on Goodreads said, it’s like Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights.  Basically, it follows this girl named Devon and the football star, Ezra.  I’m so obsessed that I completely ignored my complete and utter abomination for all sports in order to enjoy the P&P aspect and it was so cute I finished it in less than a day.  

4. Winter by Marissa Meyer: I loved the entire Lunar Chronicles series, but this one was my favorite.  Basically, the series is a sort of sci-fi/dystopian fairy tale retelling with cyborgs and space travel and I really enjoyed it .  Also, the cover??? Amazing.

5. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: This is a well-known classic, so I’ll spare you the details, but it was just so good (and it’s nice and short if that’s something that interests you) and so scarily accurate for a dystopian novel.

6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Again, a well-known classic about racism and basic human morality in a southern town during the Great Depression.  I have nothing to say that you haven’t heard before, so I’ll just say: it was absolutely wonderful.

7. Paperweight by Meg Haston: I want to preface this by saying it heavily discusses eating disorders, so that is something to be mindful of. It was such a raw and captivating story and I felt it handled the topic well.  I really felt for the characters.  The story was sad and disheartening (an intrinsic quality when it comes to mental illness) but I just felt Haston did a really amazing job with it.

8. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: This book is about a girl with an illness so severe she can’t leave her own home.  It follows her life as she becomes interested in her new neighbor (I am blowing myself away with my horrible synopses hahaha - if you really want to know, click the book titles to go to their respective Goodreads pages).  It was a really interesting story that I flew right through.

9. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon: I know I’ve mentioned this one before, but I’ll do it again.  It’s about a Jamaican girl whose family is about to be deported and a Korean boy who doesn’t want to follow the plan his parents have set out for them.  They spend a day together in New York City and it’s pretty great.  I loved the little in-between perspectives we got and the blend of science and romance/fate/destiny kind of stuff.  I loved it!!

10. The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork: This is another book about mental illness – specifically depression, suicidal thoughts, and schizophrenia.  It’s about a girl who, after attempting suicide, gets to know three other kids with problems like hers.  It didn’t romanticize mental illness or sugarcoat anything, and it made me cry (and I don’t cry often at books) but it was a really captivating story.  

There you have it, folks! My top ten from 2016.  I sincerely wish you all a wonderful 2017 filled with happiness, love, and new memories!!! I love you all! 

bookcaseninja  asked:

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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Short but accurate summaries of popular books/series: part 3
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses: Author tells us it's a beauty and the beast retelling, we think she means the fairy tale, but she actually means the Disney movie.
  • Incarceron: The cake is a lie
  • Curse Workers: Wizard Mafia
  • The Bone Season: Ghost Mafia
  • Snow Like Ashes: Everybody hates winter.
  • An Ember in the Ashes: *points at characters* f*** you, f*** you, f*** you, precious cinnamon roll too good for this world, f*** you, how did nobody kill you yet, f*** you, f*** me, f*** you
  • The Wrath and the Dawn: Talk shit, get hit. Or dismembered. Depends who you're talking shit to.
  • Chronicles of Nick: A textbook is needed in order to keep up with the mythology.
  • Obsidian Mirror: Wait, if you're evil, and they're evil, and everybody wants the evil time machine...then who's flying the plane?
  • I Am Number Four: Oh none of us have this very useful power? Wait a chapter.
  • Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: If their name is carved on an old rock somewhere in the world, they're in this series.
  • Monument 14: Somebody kept saying "what's the worst that could happen" and the universe decided to answer.
  • Graceling: Heterochromia=superpowers, caution advised.
  • Uglies: Somehow, a group of people decide that lobotomizing the population of an entire planet is a valid method for maintaining world piece.
  • Percy Jackson: Main character's catchphrase is "wait, what?" In his defense, it's often appropriate.
  • Hunger Games: Television censorship laws get some major revisions.

 (Whispers to rest of Les Mis fandom) Hey guys….ya know, I was thinking…and Les Mis is in the public domain. Legally, these characters are like Little Red Riding Hood–they belong to everyone. If you write something new about these characters, that new creation is legally your original idea.

 So…  there’s absolutely nothing differentiating Les Mis fanfiction from “real” fiction?

Yes, fanfiction in general gets a bad reputation it doesn’t deserve. But most online fanfic/fanart tends to be about characters who are not in the public domain, where you’re not -legally- allowed to call your creations “original”, or make money off of them. But as long as you don’t steal too obviously from adaptations, there are no legal obstacles like that for Les Mis?????

Even the most anti-fanfiction snob would have to acknowledge that fanfic of Les Mis isn’t legally different from a retelling of a classic fairy tale, and could theoretically be published. Heck, Les Mis fanfiction has already been published.  

 Les Mis “fanfiction” is just “fiction, “Fluff” is just “romance;” “smut” is just “erotica.”  You could make a Kickstarter to publish a book about a modern AU Les Amis, and it’d be no different from a Kickstarter for any other book.

I don’t know, am I the only one who never really thought about that before???

Currently reading; “The Bride and The Beast”

rI started reading this book last night, and I’ve read 19% of it so far (reminder: I usually only read romance novels in English on my kindle)

18th century, a village in the middle of nowhere of the Scottish Higlands. Gwendolyn, the heroine

  • Fell from a tree branch on his lap when she was nine (his age wasn’t revealed but say he was 12-15). She nearly killed him. Nearly.
  • He’s the laird’s son and heir
  • She was bullied by the children of the village (including her sisters) for being curvy 

Now she’s 25 and she’s

  • Still curvy
  • The only virgin in the village (Medeiros is very clear about this point). Her choice.
  • Humilliated by the entire village
  • Taken to the Dragon’s castle and tied to a stake for sacrifice 
  • Taken inside by the Dragon when she was unconscious, had her damp clothes removed, left in a bed in the master bedroom of the castle.
  • Been called ‘a good breeder’ by The Dragon’s friend (and servant)

The Dragon

  • I think he’s the laird’s son
  • He’s isolated in his castle which has been ravaged by the English army
  • He never shows his face
  • He’s said to be cursed!!!
  • He’s shocked by the ‘sacrifice’ sent by the villagers

ME

  • Reads avidly
  • why do I have to sleep?
  • why do I have to go to class?
  • why do I have feelings right from the start?

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Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

“You’ll see too, one day. Once you grow older, someone else will be waiting to take your place, someone younger and prettier than you. I knew that day was approaching for me. I knew even when you were still a child. So why am I so surprised to learn that I’m being thrown aside? Why am I always so surprised?”


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