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1Rubbah
Abr 20, 2008, 6:27am

what is your favourite fairytale you like to see retold?
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!

2aviddiva
Abr 24, 2008, 3:52pm

I don't know any Rapunzel retellings -- can you recommend some good ones? Everyone seems to want to retell Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella, but Rapunzel has a dark side that I think could make a good expanded read.

3Rubbah
Editado: Abr 24, 2008, 4:41pm

I like the tower room by Adele Geras which is also in the trilogy(though they can be stand alones) Happy ever after. The stories are about three girls at a boarding school and each story is a retelling of Snow White, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty.
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.

4legxleg
Abr 24, 2008, 6:17pm


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?

5aviddiva
Abr 25, 2008, 2:20am

The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope is a good one -- it combines Tam Lin and another ballad I can't remember the name of. I liked Pamela Dean's version a lot, only I thought she spent more time on the college story than on the Tam Lin story. It reminded me a lot of my college experience though, (without the supernatural parts, alas) so maybe that's what I liked about it.

6Rubbah
Editado: Abr 25, 2008, 1:23pm

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.

7marietherese
Abr 30, 2008, 3:06am

I just read a rather whimsical adaptation of Rapunzel by Japanese author Dazai Osamu. 'Lanterns of Romance' is the final story in a collection of seven titled Blue Bamboo. The Rapunzel retelling is actually a story within the story, a collaborative round-robin type fiction dreamed up by five youthful siblings over their New Year's holiday. As with most round-robins, the tale takes some pretty unexpected twists and turns and ends in a fashion no one could have predicted. It's not Dazai's best work by any means (it's definitely overshadowed by some of the preceding tales in the same collection), but it's fun and imaginative and certainly one of the more unique and unlikely fairytale adaptations I've read.

8Rubbah
May 19, 2008, 6:09am

Does anyone know any good retellings of rumplestiltskin? The only one I have is how to spin gold:a woman's tale and it made me want to read other variants.

9legxleg
Editado: May 19, 2008, 9:50am

The Rumplestiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde is a collection of 6 Rumplestiltskin retellings, which I thought was pretty neat. A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C Bunce is another retelling I enjoyed, where the miller's daughter is trying to run her family's failing mill after her father's death.

ETA: These are both Young Adult books, by the way.

10aviddiva
May 19, 2008, 11:23am

There's an older but good one by Eleanor Farjeon called The Silver Curlew. It's really a retelling of a Rumpelstiltskin variant called Tom Tit Tot, but all the elements are there.

11Rubbah
May 19, 2008, 12:52pm

thanks both of you! :)

12Severn
Jun 12, 2008, 11:47am

I love Snow White retellings:

White as Snow by Tanith Lee and Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire were both wonderful. (A very interesting take on the dwarves in the latter).

I also like Tam Lin stories, including the already mentioned Winter Rose by Patricia McKillip.

13ludmillalotaria
Editado: Jun 19, 2008, 9:19am

I bought Twice Upon A Time #1: Rapunzel, the One With All The Hair (Twice Upon a Time) for my daughter, but we haven't read this one yet. It's aimed at tweens and young teenagers, so not sure it is the kind you are looking for.

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.

14Rubbah
Jun 19, 2008, 4:39pm

I just read the bloody chamber a few days ago. I also thought it was really good. I especially liked one of the werewolf retellings of little red riding hood.

15Meijhen
Jun 26, 2008, 9:12pm

The Armless Maiden is a wonderful collection of fairy-tale linked stories, all based around survivors of abuse.

I also truly loved Deerskin -- the Donkeyskin story isn't one that gets touched much these days due to the subject matter.

16veevoxvoom
Editado: Jul 30, 2008, 12:40pm

I love Bluebeard. The bloodiness, the creepiness, always gets me. I'm really fond of Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber's version of Bluebeard. I also like Snow White, which has been done many, many times but I continue to adore (especially Tanith Lee's White as Snow and Neil Gaiman's short story, "Snow, Glass, Apples").

I recently read Kissing the Witch, an anthology of fairy tales stories all about women. It had an interesting take on Rumpelstiltskin and Rapunzel.

17stephanie1588
Ago 18, 2008, 11:44am

Gail Carson Levine writes a group of retellings: Fairest, a version of Snow White, Ever, a blend of fairy tale and myth, and of course Ella Enchanted.
I also love reading the fairy tales that come from various cultures. The Persian Cinderella was one I liked, though definitely a children's story.

18AlienEeeter
Ago 20, 2008, 1:49am

Bluebeard is one of my favorites, but The Goose Girl is better. I can't help but get shivers at the idea of a dead horse's head nailed to a wall talking to people.

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.

19Rubbah
Ago 20, 2008, 4:51am

I've read a few short story retellings of the goose girl, the first I cant remember where from, which is from falada's(the horse) point of view. I thought that was good. And there's one from the prince's point of view and in it the goose girl isn't all nice and sweet for a change. I think the later is in a datlow/windling anthology.

20legxleg
Ago 20, 2008, 6:18pm

I think I've read the story where the goose girl isn't nice as well, Rubbah; I'm pretty sure it's one of those anthologies in the Snow White, Blood Red series, like you said, I just wish I could remember which one! I also enjoyed The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, but it's a YA book and doesn't really explore the creepy aspects of the story.

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!

http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/goosegirl/themes.html

21Aquila
Ago 21, 2008, 12:50am

I think there's a great opportunity to retell Rumplestiltskin in a modern setting, playing with computer passwords, but I haven't come across any retellings that do so.

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.

22Rubbah
Ago 21, 2008, 8:34am

Another website similar to surlalune is http://www.endicott-studio.com/ You have to go through lots of links but theres some interesting stuff on the site, essays, etc

23Meijhen
Ago 23, 2008, 8:31pm

Endicott Studio was founded by Terri Windling, Delia Sherman, Midori Snyder, Ellen Kushner, and a number of other people you will recognize if you are interested in mythic fiction and the study of mythology. Not surprising that it should be mentioned in this thread :)
There's a Goose Girl retelling by Nancy Springer in Twice Upon a Time which is very good.

24lefty33
Ago 25, 2008, 9:11am

I got Curse as Dark as Gold from the library. Haven't started it yet, but I am really looking forward to it!

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.

25lefty33
Sep 15, 2008, 8:49am

I just finished A Curse as Dark as Gold and I loved it. I'm so glad you mentioned it, legxleg!

26legxleg
Sep 15, 2008, 5:55pm

Oh good, I'm so glad! I love it when people enjoy books I mention :-)

27ankhet
Sep 16, 2008, 4:42am

I just found a retelling of Snow White - Beauty by Nancy Butcher (hm. Apparently no one on LT has it, as it doesn't show up in the touchstone "others" section.) Well, it's here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Nancy-Butcher/dp/0689862350/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8...

28sqdancer
Sep 16, 2008, 12:52pm

>27 ankhet:

Believe it or not, I managed to touchstone it under the alternate title, Mirror Mirror. I guess Beauty brings up too many titles with that fuzzy search they have for touchstones.

29Hermee
Editado: Nov 25, 2008, 2:58pm

#8 (Rubbah): Newfangled Fairy Tales (Book 2) contains a Rumpelstiltskin retelling that's on my must reads list. Perhaps if you read it first, you can let us all know what you think of it. Here's the link: http://www.librarything.com/work/edit/38518808

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

30lefty33
Dic 2, 2008, 9:51pm

Beastly sounds interesting. I'll look it up. And I don't know of any Rapunzel retellings, but I'll keep an ear out for you.

31Rubbah
Dic 3, 2008, 1:46pm

thanks Hermee, The Tower at Stony Wood is now on my bookmooch wishlist:) I don't know if it is a rapunzel retelling but theres certainly elements of it.

32cindysku
Ene 30, 2009, 1:03pm

I just found Roses by Barbara Cohen and it is based on beauty and the beast. I loved it. It reminded me of Mary Stewart in the language. I thought it was a wonderful book.

33Rubbah
Mar 10, 2009, 5:16am

I've just finished scatterheart which is loosely based on East of the sun, west of the moon. Basic plot is, a rich girl's faher disappeared and she gets convicted for a crime she didn't commit, and she is transported to Australia. It was pretty good, and I was wondering if anyone knew of any other east of the sun west of the moon retelling that are a bit different from the norm.

34cindysku
Mar 10, 2009, 2:49pm

Here is a link to a website I use quite often for fairy tale retellings.

http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/

and here is the retelling of East of the Sun, West of the moon.
http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/eastsunwestmoon/themes.html

35ludmillalotaria
Mar 11, 2009, 3:05pm

Fans of East of the Sun, West of the Moon might enjoy East by Edith Pattou.

36caitlin_choi
Mar 11, 2009, 11:21pm

Goose Chase, this is one of my fav books ever!!!