Sunday, September 22, 2013

Booklist: Fractured Fairy Tales & Story Retellings

I am a sucker for story retellings and fractured fairy tales. They're some of my favorite stories to read, and I've devoured them like mad over the years. I love seeing all the different takes on the same situations. Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of my favorite movies, and I also enjoyed movies like 10 Things I Hate About You, all the Disney Princess movies and even Troy (although they took a lot of liberties with the story in that one). I decided that, since I feel so familiar with the theme, it would be a good place to start off for a booklist. I've included 7 of my top picks, as well as a series that I love. They cover Classical mythology, Arthurian legend, classic books and some of my favorite fairy tales. I hope you enjoy!

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Greek Mythology/Trojan War/Patroclus)
Quicksilver by Stephanie Spinner (Greek Mythology/Hermes)
Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell (Arthurian Legend/The Lady of Shalott)
Ophelia by Lisa M. Klein (Hamlet)
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson (Peter Pan)
East by Edith Pattou (East of the Sun and West of the Moon)
Swan Kingdom by Zoƫ Marriott (The Wild Swans)

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The Once Upon a Time series of retellings is an amazing and comprehensive series consisting of 19 books covering nearly all the standard European fairy tales as well as Arabian Nights, The Ballad of Mulan, The Last of the Mohicans, The Magic Flute, and Anastasia. I've read all but one of them (it's currently on it's way to me from another library), and there's something for everyone.

In the process of putting this list together, I realized that I have read an even larger number of story retellings than I realized. I've always known that I've read a lot of them, but the list was even longer than I anticipated. In interest of keeping this blog post manageable, I didn't include them all. However, I did put together a list on goodreads of the 49 books of this type that I have read (and remembered enough to put on a list). This will be an even 50 once interlibrary loan delivers to me that Jack and the Beanstalk retelling.

Do you have any recommendations of fractured fairy tales that I should check out? Let me know in the comments! I hear Robin McKinley is fantastic, but I don't even know where to start. Also, what is your favorite fairy tale/folk tale?

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