Today I am apart of The Book Rat's Fairytale Fortnight! I love Fairytale retellings and thought I would do a fun post about them! I love Fairytale Fortnight.. there is amazing stuff going on for 2 weeks so be sure to go over there and check it out! You can go here to read my post or see below!
Hello! I’m Angie from Angela's Anxious Life and I would first like to thank Misty for allowing me to join in on the Fairy Tale Fortnight! I am here to talk all about fairy tale retellings, which if you think about it, is practically all the fairy tales we know. I am going to focus primarily on the more modern retellings we have had lately, from feature-length movies and TV shows to vast collection of books. Some I have loved and some I haven't enjoyed at all. It seems all of a sudden these retellings are becoming more and more popular, which is just fine with me. I think everyone has been so used to the classic Disney fairytales that these new retellings are fun and exciting. Everyone looks for different things in retellings. Some people like them to be faithful to the original story, some like happy endings rather than the original, not-so-happy, endings (like the ones in Grimm's fairytales), and some like them to adhere to a certain time period.
I think in books we have seen a huge amount of retellings. Books like Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries are more like the classic fairytales that we know and love. While more controversial ones like Ash by Melinda Lo are about questions that have to do with a character's sexual orientation (BTW, I will be giving this book away along with this post). You might even go as far as saying books like Pride Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith have become fairytale retellings. Comic books are also wonderful in retellings. I am a big fan of Willingham's Fables series (which inspired me to write on this topic). The stories in these comics have the characters go back to their origins correctly but throws these characters into our world where they have to try to live among us and stay out of trouble. Also, there are even erotica books out there that are retellings – take Anne Rice's The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty. Goodreads has a list of fairytale retellings which you can find here.
I always have a lot of fun comparing the retellings to the original fairytales. If you go back to the fairytales from Grimm you will find rape, murder, blood and gore. For example, in Cinderella the stepsisters cut off their toes and heels to fit in the glass slipper. Wow – can someone say desperate? What I love about fairytales is that they reveal all the flaws and strengths in human nature. I think by reading them we can see ourselves in them and relate to similar experiences in our own lives, even in the retellings which are more modern. If you haven't tried out a retelling I implore you to take a chance on one. Retellings can take the exciting elements of the story from the original and give it a whole new meaning. By retelling and retelling these stories, they will never die.
What are your favorite retellings? Least favorites?
Thanks again for having me!
Angela’s Anxious Life