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.
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.
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?