Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is
Top Ten Fairy Tale Retellings
2. Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson (“Bluebeard”): I was surprised by the depth and complexity of the work, they way Nickerson portrayed the nature of temptation and evil. The protagonist suffers from sounding a little too modern (the story is set in the antebellum South), however.
3.The Crimson Thread by Suzanne Weyn (“Rumpelstiltskin”): It’s been years since I read it but I remember loving how Weyn set the story in 1880 New York rather than in a fantasy world.
4. Water Song by Suzanne Weyn (“The Frog Prince”): I have a weakness for retold fairy tales in historical settings, I guess. This one is set in Belgium during WWI.
5. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (“The Goose Girl”): I like how the Books of Bayern start off with a fairy tale retelling, but then branch off into their own unique world.
6. Entwined by Heather Dixon (“The Twelve Dancing Princesses”): I love a good story about sisters!
7. Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis (“Cupid and Pysche”): It’s not technically a fairy tale, but it’s such a good retelling with so much complexity that I felt compelled to sneak it in.
8. Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep by Gail Carson Levine (“Sleeping Beauty”): A bite-sized story full of humor and some great realism–would a princess look like after such a long nap? Would she had bed head?
9. Cinderellis and the Glass Hill by Gail Carson Levine (“The Princess on the Glass Hill”): This one retells a lesser-known fairy tale and features a male as the protagonist, so it is doubly original!
10. The Shadow of the Bear by Regina Doman (“Snow White and Rose Red”): The book is a little heavy-handed with its portrayal of Catholicism, but I give it points for setting a fairy tale in modern-day New York City.