Top Ten Tuesday is a hugely popular weekly meme hosted by the lovely people of The Broke and the Bookish. Go check out the crazy number of other bloggers joining in the fun! :) I sometimes participate in this wonderful list-making (you know me, I can hardly resist making new lists!) and this week’s topic (FAIRYTALE RETELLINGS) is especially cool since I’m participating in the Fairytale Retelling Challenge!
I’ve written about my love of fairytales before so I’m not going to repeat myself except to add that I’m still amazed by all the great retellings I’ve read and seen around the blogosphere. I decided to split my list into two fives – the first for the retellings I’ve read and would recommend to anyone, not just fairytale lovers; and the second for the retellings I want to get to soon (both as part of my challenge and for myself).
My Top Five Fairytale Retellings:
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik. This is a recent title (I reviewed it here) and definitely my favourite from this week’s list. It’s a very loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast intertwined with some cool Polish folklore but it’s a great fantasy novel in its own right.
- Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen. This is more of a legend than fairytale – the story of Robin Hood and his Merry Men (or women!). I reviewed it here if you want a closer look!
- Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. Nyx was a really nice change from the swooning heroines of Disney films, so I liked her a lot, naturally! :)
- The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle. I can’t seem to stop recommending this book. It’s not a fairytale retelling per se but it’s full of folklore and mystery and has this old vibe going on (my review here).
- The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab. Again, it’s not a retelling but definitely a fairytale! It’s the first book I ever read by Schwab and the reason I fell in love with her writing.
Honorable mention goes to Laini Taylor’s novella collection, Lips Touch, which features three really gorgeously written fairytales or fairytale-inspired stories.
The Top Five Fairytale Retellings I Want to Read Soon:
- Daughter of the Forest (and other retellings) by Juliet Marillier. By all accounts it’s a wonderful story, albeit a tough one. Marillier has re-written a number of fairytales, apparently, which makes my reluctance to start her books completely irrational.
- Thorn by Intisar Khanani. I already have a copy of this one and I need to get around to reading it soon! It was recommended by Becky.
- Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge. It’s not a sequel to Cruel Beauty as such but it seems to have a similar vibe.
- Beauty by Robin McKinley. Her books are fantasy classics and I want to read them soon!
- Wicked Lovely by Marissa Marr. I came across this one a while ago on some other lists and it looks really interesting! Several bloggers I like appear to have enjoyed it, too.
What are your favourite fairytale retellings? Which ones do you want to read next?
Do you prefer the retelling to stick to the story or veer off into the unknown?
I’d love to hear from you! :)