Because I just finished (and loved) Cinder, and because this week is a “pick my own theme” week, I thought that I would do a Top Ten Tuesday for my favorite modern fairy tales & retellings! Top Ten Tuesday is the brainchild of The Broke and the Bookish!
1. Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede (This is a funny factured fairy tale where the princess, who is headstrong, capable and bored, has to rescue the prince); 2. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (A retelling of Grimm’s The Goose Girl, this one is beautifully written. Although the talking horse head is unquestionably a bit creepy); 3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Set in an alternative universe future, this Cinderella retelling casts Cinderella as a cyborg mechanic).
Juliet Marillier writes some of my favorite fairy tale retellings. Her style is dreamy and gorgeous, and she taps Celtic folklore and other themes richly and effectively. 4. Wildwood Dancing (Twelve Dancing Princesses), 5. Heart’s Blood (Beauty and the Beast), 6. Daughter of the Forest (The Seven Swans).
East O’the Sun, West O’the Moon
This is not one of the more well-known fairy tales, but it is one of my favorites, with its Nordic feel and cold, icy imagery. 7. East by Edith Pattou, 8. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George, 9. Ice by Sarah Beth Durst. Aren’t those covers gorgeous?
The princess free zone:
10. A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth Bunce (this is a retelling of Rumplestilstkin and is possibly my favorite retelling of all time – although Daughter of the Forest will give it a run for it’s money. Set in a woolen mill, there is nary a princess to be found. Nonetheless, Bunce’s retelling is full of magic and wonder).