what is your favourite fairytale you like to see retold?
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I like rapunzel retellings for some reason. in one version that I can't remember the title of, Rapunzel is bald. If anyone knows any good ones please recommend them!
In the once upon a time series there is Golden: once upon a time by Cameron Dokey (where rapunzel is bald!) and there is also zel by Donna Jo Napoli.
These are all quite good to read, though short, but I'm sure there must be better ones out there.
There are also several short stories in the blood red, snow white series edited by Ellen Datlow
I agree that Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella are retold too much, I think that's why I'm attracted to some of the more obscure ones.
Although it's based on a fairy tale called 'Maid Maleen', not Rapunzel, Shannon Hale's Book of a Thousand Days involves some girls locked in a tower. And her author bio says she's working on something called Rapunzel's Revenge, which sounds promising for Rapunzel fans.
I read a pretty good retelling of Tam Lin ( Tam Lin by Pamela Dean) set in a college. There was also an interesting Tam Lin section in Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper (although, fair warning to anyone who wants to read it, there's some fairly graphic violence in the book). Does anyone know of any other Tam Lin retellings?
Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones(one of my favourite books ever despite the many years it took me to understand it)
Tithe by holly Black is on the same themes as Tam Lin, has girl as the sacrifice though.
Winter Rose by patricia A. Mckillip
Not Tam Lin but Thomas The Rhymer by Ellen Kushner is good too.
I really liked beauty too.
ETA: These are both Young Adult books, by the way.
I loved to read retold myths and fairy tales. My most recent has been The Shape-Changers Wife by Sharon Shinn (a fairy tale/medieval setting giving the Lilith myth a new twist). I find Shinn to be rather formulaic in her approach to characters and plot, but this is nevertheless a nice retelling.
Another one I absolutely love is Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber. Her retelling of Puss-in-Boots is very funny. Some of the other retellings in this are of Bluebeard, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Beauty and the Beast.
P.S. -- forgot to add, that when I was a little girl, Rapunzel was one of my favorites, too.
I recently read Kissing the Witch, an anthology of fairy tales stories all about women. It had an interesting take on Rumpelstiltskin and Rapunzel.
I've never read a good retelling of either of those though.
Beauty and the Beast is my favorite of the more mainstream, but everyone's written a version of B&B and it's about done, I think.
OK, while trying to figure out which anthology it was, I ran across this page, which seems to have the goal of listing every modern interpretation of The Goose Girl, so go to town!
I'm a sucker for Beauty and the Beast variations, especially ones where the Beast doesn't turn back, a la the TV series.
And I don't think it will ever be done - it runs too deep.
There's a Goose Girl retelling by Nancy Springer in Twice Upon a Time which is very good.
There is a series of books that are versions of both well and less known fairy tales, the first is Politically Correct Bedtime Stories. There is also Once Upon a More Enlightened Time and Politically Correct Holiday Stories. They are quite funny, especially when it's a story you already know well.
My fave fairytale as a child was Rapunzel. Haven't read any retellings yet so will have to check out those mentioned above. Just stumbled upon this one while looking through synopsis' of Patricia A. McKillip's works and it sounds like it may be a retelling of Rapunzel: http://www.librarything.com/work/113307/descriptions/38534926. Has anyone read it and can attest to it?
My second fave was Beauty and the Beast and I see no one's yet mentioned Beastly by Alex Flinn, which is a modern twist to the tale. Read it last month and loved this modern spin on it about a popular boy in high school who's turned into a beast.
#18 and 21: Here's the link to Beastly: http://www.librarything.com/work/edit/37915017
and here is the retelling of East of the Sun, West of the moon.