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handle with care; the fairytale retelling edition

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Every time a fairytale gets reimagined, I get excited.

I’ve said that a lot. But it’s true. There’s just something magical about the same story being told in so many different ways.

Sometimes it is a hit, and sometimes not so much.

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It can be the writing, sometimes, that does not excite me. But sometimes it’s the fact that the original tale hit a mark these retellings did not.

Not to say I won’t read them. I am a simple woman with simple desires and fairytales are always welcome. It’s just more likely that I will find a copy I can borrow at a library for these tales.


  • I suppose it can be difficult to do a re-telling of Sleeping Beauty unless you do it from someone else’s point of view. Which might be why I’ve only seen a handful of these over the years. But I’ve always enjoyed the Disney movie and I hope one day to find a retelling of this story that I love as much.
    Spindle’s End by Robin Mckinley is one I remember reading ages ago that I quite enjoyed. Briar Rose by Jana Oliver was a little more disappointing.
  • People either love or hate Beauty And The Beast. Belle as a character has always been relatable to me – I, too, would walk around with my nose buried in a book. It got to a point where I managed to trip up a flight of stairs because I didn’t have a book on me. Surprisingly though, I haven’t come across a retelling I have actually enjoyed for this tale as old as time.
    People rave about Rosamund Hodge’s Cruel Beauty, but I could not finish it. Maybe someday I will go back to it.
  • Little Red Riding Hood can be a little more difficult to adapt. If you’re not careful, it can be cliche and trite, and yet somehow, I’ve read two versions of this that I’ve enjoyed. I don’t know if there are more – and if there are, I don’t know if they will live up to the two I own and adore.
    Kin by Lili St. Crow was an interesting adaptation with strong characters. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer was not my favourite in the series, but it was a good read that I will definitely be doing again.

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What are your thoughts on retellings and reimaginings? I love them, obviously, and someday hope to maybe write one.

What are your favourite fairytales and retellings?


I’m Ara, a Southeast Asian writer who someday hopes to have published a novel, and who is currently losing herself in the worlds created by others. I love books and food and television and blogging and I get distracted and sidetracked easily.


  • Olivia-Savannah

    I love retellings and I really enjoy reading them as well. Scarlet was actually my favourite in the series but for the characters, not really for the storyline. I agree though, they can be done well or not too well. I have to admit that as much as I love Belle I don’t really like the story to Beauty in the Beast because nothing much happens except for the romance in the first half, and it makes retellings of it very slow as all the action happens at the end! I don’t think it’s such a good story for retellings.

    • Ara

      Scarlet definitely had some of the most compelling characters in the series! Scarlet and Wolf had some of the best lines, in my opinion. But I have a soft spot for Cinder, because she as a character was very compelling.

      I never thought about it that way! Maybe that’s why I haven’t really found a BatB retelling I like. I think it’d make a good subversive horror story, but I don’t know…

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