Discussion: YA Fairy Tale Retellings
Kel Sunday, October 26, 2014 discussionYA readers are gobbling up fairy tale retellings. The Lunar Chronicles, Cruel Beauty, Entwined and there's a whole host of new retellings releasing next year. Why do we love them so much? I think it's a combination of nostalgia for childhood stories (and Disney movies) and a love of magic and happy endings.
For me, it's amazing to read each author's twist on familiar tales, taking the old and reworking it in a new way. According to my old writing profs, that's all any fiction is- taking an existing idea and reworking it in a new or interesting way- because nothing is original. But fairy tales are special. And can be profitable: see Disney Princess movies. ;)
Though I'm a little picky about which ones I pick up, I'm always on the lookout for more fairy tale retellings. I recently found this amazing "Epic Chart of 162 Young Adult Retellings" over at Epic Reads, including 74 fairy tale retellings. I mean, check out the above chart! Is that not awesome? So, if you're like me and looking for your next fairy tale retelling, Epic Reads' chart is a great place to start. It also has listings for Mythology, Shakespeare, and Classics retellings, which I highly recommend checking out as well.
What do you think? Do you like fairy tale retellings? Avoid them like the plague? Don't care? Or maybe you prefer the mythology or classics retellings? Do you have any favorites?