Most of us read - or were read - fairy tales as children. In honor of National Tell A Fairy Tale Day, take a look at these titles that take a different approach to some well known stories.
Cinder is a take on Cinderella. Cinder is an orphaned android living in New Beijing, China somewhere in the future. Cinder is a mechanic who ends up in the employ of Prince Kai. The series follows Cinder's adventures and is made up of 5 titles. The series goes on to include the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White.
The Fairy Godmother is Mercedes Lackey's version of retelling fairy tales. The premise is that characters are supposed to have "fairy tale" lives and a happily ever after. But what happens if the princess doesn't meet the prince at the right time? What happens next? This is part of the 500 Kingdom series. This series has 6 titles and the list can be found here.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in A Ship of Her Own Making is a series about a girl who goes to Fairyland and her adventures there. Girl power, how to deal with government, and acceptance of others are a few of the topics covered in these books. There are 5 titles in this series - with a 2 supplemental ebook stories available as well.
And here are a couple of stand alone titles that channel fairy tales:
- The Snow Child by Eovyn Ivey
- Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
- The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North