Nine Fairytales I want to be Retold



Hello, fellow Top Ten Tuesday participants. Or readers. Whichever you may be, welcome. Today, we get a super fun topic: FAIRYTALES. I mean, really, is there any genre more perfect? There's enchanting things and spells going on, adventures to be journeyed through, poison apples to be conjured, kick-butt heroines and heroes, creepy villains to thwart, and occasionally, that one kiss that conquers any and all magic.

There was a variety of things we could talk about within this topic, and because I'm planning on putting together a YA fairytale re-telling list for an article, either this or next month (which won't be appearing here, but on Silver Petticoat), I chose to talk about fairytales I'd like to see more of or the fairytales I want your recommendations for (i.e., which re-tellings within the story do you recommend?). In other words, these aren't necessarily my favorite fairytales ever or the only stories I like in the genre, rather they're stories I'd like to see adapted or as I already said, see more book re-telling's of.

The official Broke and Bookish August 4th topic:
 
Ten Fairytale Retellings I've Read/Want To Read
(or you could do fairytales I want to be retold or fairytales I love)
 


Beauty and the Beast
 
There are a lot of these out there, but considering the live-action film adaptation coming in 2017, I'm beyond excited for this story again. Sure, I always loved it, but with its impressive cast (Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Emma Thomason, Luke Evans), I have extremely high hopes for the film.
 
Which re-telling's do YOU like and recommend? 
 
Camelot
 
Before you wonder at my crossing the lines between fairytales and legends, I know, technically this isn't considered a fairytale. But I couldn't resist adding it. I adore the story, but haven't really found a TV or film (and certainly not a book) version I 100% like. This is perhaps why I'm beyond excited for Guy Ritchie's (the man behind Sherlock Holmes with RDJ and the upcoming Man from U.N.C.L.E.) upcoming adaptation. It sounds amazing and its cast is shaping up to be pretty great.
 
Beyond that... any recommendations are welcome.
 
The Frog Prince
 
This is one I'm not all that familiar with... because I've not really read or seen anything based on it.
 
 
The Little Mermaid
 
I've been told by people in the know (a.k.a. my parents) that Disney's Little Mermaid was my favorite as a kid. I do like the story, so seeing Disney adapt this as a live-action film would be amazing. When I get caught up, I do anticipate seeing how ABC's Once Upon A Time tells the tale.
 
Prince Charming
 
This isn't really a story on its own, rather a character who appears in fairytales like Cinderella. But Disney is rumored to be making a (live-action) film that centers on Prince Charming. Um, yes, please! I would love this, especially after the brilliant re-make we had earlier this year of Cinderella.
 
Want to talk casting ideas? They are most welcome. Chat them up down below.
 
Rapunzel
 
After seeing a glimpse of Rapunzel in Into the Woods, seeing her story come alive on the big-screen would be amazing. Of course, Tangled is darling, but with all of these live-action films finding their way to production, I could see this story doing well.
 
Any book recommendations that re-tell the Rapunzel lore?
 
 
 
Robin Hood
 
Again, not really a fairytale in the traditional sense, however it's a kind of "folk lore" legend, and I'm going with it. This one makes the list because there's also no version I am completely happy with. I loved the first season of BBC's take, but it kind of fell apart in later years.
 
Sleeping Beauty
 
Much as I liked Disney's Maleficent, I'd like to see them - or any production company, re-tell this fairytale more traditionally al-la 2015's Cinderella (Disney). Aurora was more afterthought in this film or a supporting character because Angelina Jolie's Maleficent was center stage. It was lovely because it gave us a new, more unique angle, but still, I wouldn't mind a classic adaptation.
 
Twelve Dancing Princesses
 
Don't really know much about this story to be honest... but it's an "unknown" and seeing it adapted would be amazing. Simply because, it's a fairytale.
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There's my Top Ten Tuesday ramble for this week.
 
What about you? What topic did you feature for your list this week?
 
Share any of your thoughts on fairytales, recommendations, favorites or anything, plus don't forget your Top Ten Tuesday links. I wanna' visit.
 
(PS; there is also talk of an upcoming remake of Mulan. That's pretty epic!)
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  1. My favorites are by far Robin Hood and Beauty and the Beast. I think it's the bad-boy element. ;) I'm smitten with the tale of Robin Hood, even though he wasn't entirely wholesome (though I do have visions of medeively dressed foxes in my head for that one!) I'm terribly fond of the Russel Crowe version of the film, but I know it's not everyone's favorite and the ending isn't *great*.

    And *sigh* Beauty and the Beast. That's the tip top for me when it comes to fairy tales, I think. I accidentally wrote a Beauty and the Beast type story, and I think it was my favorite 'writing experience' ever. Though it's more allegorical than anything else which is kind of a relief because I have several friends who are working on B&tB type tales as well!

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    1. I adore the Robin Hood tale, Joanne. It's such a fun story, or the versions I've seen are. Perhaps its origins are darker? I don't really know. Anyway, I know what you mean about that bad boy element. Sometimes, that is so true. ;) I did like the Russell Crowe version though to be honest, it's been so long since I've seen it, re-watching it now may provide me with new insights or perspectives.

      Beauty and the Beast is beautiful. I adore it concepts and messages, and am soooo excited about the movie. Someday I *need* to read some of the dozens of re-tellings out there, and how fun! I didn't know you'd written a kind of re-telling. Perhaps someday we'll get to read it. :)

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  2. Cool list! There are so many I've enjoyed here.

    Have you ever watched the tv show Merlin with Colin Morgan? :)

    Check out my TTT.

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    1. Thanks, Lauren! Appreciate you stopping by.

      ...and yes, I have. I watched the first two seasons, maybe? Someday I do want to finish the series because anything BBC is amazing! :)

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  3. I really want read Entwined, which is a retelling of 12 Dancing Princesses.
    I love all of the other fairy tales in this list too!

    My TTT (Fairy Tale Retellings)

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    1. As do I, Rekha. It sounds amazing and one of my blogging friends recommends it. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting - off to read your fairytale list. :)

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  4. I'm interested in reading more 12 Dancing Princesses too. Fantastic list. You have a gorgeous blog btw!

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    1. I don't know a lot about the Twelve Dancing Princesses legend, but it sounds fun, and anything fairytale, and I'm in. :) Thank you so much for the kind words; I do have fun putting all of this together. Appreciate your visit and the comment. :)

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  5. I've only read one retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses and that was Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George. I think you'll find it delightful.

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    1. You know, I totally forgot about Jessica's books, Dawn. But hers have been books I've intended to read for a while now. I own one of her books, though if I'm not mistaken, it's the Little Red Riding Hood re-telling...?

      Thanks for the reminder, Dawn. :)

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    2. Princess of the Silver Forest? That's technically the 3rd Dancing Princess one. But hers are still good. You'd enjoy them.

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    3. Maybe... I'm not sure which it is, but that sounds familiar. Either way, I should read them because I really do like fairytales and authors can craft such unique re-telling's oftentimes. :)

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  6. I am so psyched to see the live action Beauty & the Beast. Is it releasing in 2016 or 2017? I can't recall.
    My favorite retelling of my favorite fairytale (despite my sister's rants about Stockholm syndrome) is Beauty by Robin McKinley. I've read it a gazillion times and while I enjoy any retelling--this is my top.
    As far as Camelot--Once Upon a Time will be diving into Arthurian legend this upcoming season and I cannot wait to see how they do that. They did their own spin on the Little Mermaid quite well I think, as well as Ursula this past season. Joanna Garcia Swisher played Ariel in OUAT and she was perfect.

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    1. I thought it was 2016, but now you mention it... maybe it's 2017...? *goes to check* As it stands now, it's March 2017. Way too long in my book. ;)

      I've heard Robin's books are amazing! I'm definitely looking forward to reading them (and I believe I own Beauty).

      As for Camelot, go Once! It's taken on about every story/legend one can imagine. I'll anticipate that and someday, when I'm all caught up, I very much look forward to meeting their Ariel. The pictures/teasers looked amazing.

      Thanks so much for visiting, Meghan. :)

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  7. Totally agree that Camelot, The Little Mermaid, Robin Hood and Sleeping Beauty need some more attention! I know it's not everyone's favorite, but I love the movie King Arthur with Clive Owen and Keira Knightley. Seeing a live action Sleeping Beauty and Little Mermaid would be especially awesome too, those were my faves as a kid. And how exciting that a live-action Mulan is in the works!!

    Wonderful TTT you put together, Rissi, as always! So much fun. :D

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    1. Yay! Thanks for sharing your list of fairytales that need more attention, Bekah. And oh, my goodness. I forgot about King Arthur. I did like that film, and should really re-watch it in the near future. It's dark and gritty, but I liked the cast and the "vision" of the story... I guess I was thinking of BBC's series or the musical, Camelot which I 100% did not care for.

      Disney really *needs* to make The Little Mermaid into a live-action film. Seeing that would be amazing, as will Mulan. Or that's my hope. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Bekah. Excited to read your TTT; I spied it in my blog feed. :)

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  8. Great list Rissi!

    I really like that there are great movie retellings coming out so often.
    I'm super excited for The Beauty and the Beast film that's coming out next year!!!

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    1. Thanks, Ella. Always fun to have you stop by.

      As am I. This trend of fairytale re-makes/adaptations is one I 100% approve of. Keep 'em coming studios, and me too! Bring on the awesome-ness of that Beauty and the Best film. :)

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  9. Melanie Dickerson has done a lot of these - The Frog Prince, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Beauty & The Beast. I've got them on My TTT list this week :)

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    1. Good to know, Carrie! I've looked at Melanie's most recent release, so I should pick up a copy at some point, because Robin Hood! :)

      Off to read your TTT list. And thank you for visiting.

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  10. I am BEYOND excited for the live-action Beauty and the Beast!! (and what's this about a Prince Charming movie?? Yes, yes, yes!)
    I really love Beauty by Robin McKinley as a Beauty and the Beast retelling--highly recommend it.

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    1. Right!? I'm beyond excited, too, Grace. Both for it AND that Prince Charming project. I'm all for that - and who would we cast!? :)

      Good to know. I'm thinking Beauty needs to be an ASAP read for me. It sounds really good. :) Thanks so much for visiting.

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  11. Great list!
    Enchanted by Alethea Kontis is actually a really good The Frog Prince retelling.
    More retelling about Camelot is something I will get behind 100%. That sounds awesome.
    You're so up to date on movie adaptations! Thanks for the info :)
    Olivia @ Fluttering Pages

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    1. Ooo, YES! A The Frog Prince re-telling. Thanks so much, Olivia. I have been meaning to try Alethea's novels and this would be as good a place as any to start. I have one of her books, though I'm not sure if it's Enchanted.

      Yay for more Camelot fans. We need a new, awesome re-telling. :)

      I get a little bit excited about fairytale adaptations. Needless to say, blogging friends and I can have an entire, long-winded Twitter conversation about a single re-make. Land, it can be "scary" sometimes. ;)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Olivia.

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  12. Ooh! I never really thought about a Camelot or Frog Prince retelling - those sound like they'd be absolutely amazing! There are a ton of Beauty & the Beast adaptions, but I think the two books that come to mind for me are Cruel Beauty and A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J Maas. Cress by Marissa Meyer would definitely fit under the Rapunzel category as well. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous choices! ♥

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

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    1. They would indeed. Or I thought so. I don't know much about the Frog Prince concept, but it seemed like an underrated story.

      I've heard Sarah's new fairytale is amazing, and two blogging friends really like Rosamund's books, so I'd like to read hers if nothing else. Also, I'm ashamed to admit this, but I've yet to read a single Marissa Meyer novel. *sigh* My bad. :D

      Thanks so much for visiting, Zoe. :)

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  13. I also would love to find a camelot retelling. For The Princess and the frog Melanie's Dickerson's The Princess Spy is a good one. All of her books are fairy tale retellings. She has one for Beauty and the Beast. As well as Sleeping Beauty. And a Rapunzel coming out later this year. Her newest release The Huntress of Thornbeck forest is a robing hood meets Swan lake retelling. And Princess of the Silver Wood is a Red riding hood retelling with Robin Hood aspects in it.

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    1. Perhaps someday we'll both find one we like, Carissa. A book nerd can dream. :)

      Good to know; I've heard Melanie's fairytales are sweet. Yay for Rapunzel. Anything that re-tools that story is awesome. And I'll have to read "Silver Wood." In fact, I *might* own that one... not sure.

      Thanks for all of the awesome recommendations! :)

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  14. Have you read any of Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicle series? I don't know how much you like reading science-fiction (it's not my first choice) but the spins the author puts on a few fairytales (Snow White, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel) are genius and fantastic and I can't wait for the final book to come out. I would definitely recommend them.

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    1. Hi, Joni! Thanks for the recommendations. I have not read Marissa's books. However, I do hear they are amazing, and every now and again, I love a good sci-fi story. I've very excited to give the series a try. :)

      Thank you for the recent blog follow and the comment. I'm glad to be able to visit your blog; I hadn't been able to see a blog link for you from the GFC follow. Visit anytime. :)

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  15. I am so excited for the "Mulan" remake! I love that movie so much and wish there were more books with an Asian heroine. My best friend and I already decided we would go see it the opening night when it finally releases!

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    1. Yay for opening night fun! I hope the film lives up to your expectations, Laura. I'm excited and certainly love the Disney animated film. It's really cute. Richelle Mead has a YA novel coming later this year that has a Chinese heroine. It's about Chinese folklore and is called, Soundless. Sounds and looks really good. :)

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  16. I love the 12 dancing princesses story line. I have read both Entwined and Princess of the Midnight Ball (and the two sequels). I think Entwined is the best although it is spookier while Princess of the Midnight Ball is sweeter. I just finished rereading Beauty by Robin McKinley. I read the first three Lunar chronicles but opted to stop the 3.5 story; there are a few things in the first three I do not approve of but Levana's story is completely not worth reading. Kai and Cinder are my favorite. I think Cinderella plot lines are my favorite overall I am ready to get on another princess retelling kick. I am more hesitant on the movies. I ADORED the new Cinderella, but I am not certain I will like the Beauty and the Beast. I think it has too many famous people and will receive undue attention.

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    1. Great insight on the "12 Princesses" re-imaginings, Livia. Thank you. I heard Entwined is really good, while I've heard less praise for Jessica's books. Probably just because blogging friends haven't read them.

      Beauty is supposed to be amazing, and Marissa's Lunar books are super hyped. I'm sorry you didn't care for them as much, but that happens, and it's totally cool. I think if a series/book just isn't working, then there's nothing wrong with giving it up. In fact, in my opinion, that's the better option. (Who wants to read something we don't care for?) As for Levana's story, I've heard a lot of so-so thoughts on that, and would likely skip it.

      Ahh, more Cinderella (movie) love. That film was beautifully, classically fantastic. Bring on the DVD... I'm ready. :)

      Thanks for visiting, Livia. :)

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  17. I'll always be down for a Beauty and the Beast retelling! And I'd love to read a Prince Charming book too. Definitely.
    Have you read The Summer of Chasing Mermaids? That's based on the Little Mermaid and it's fantastic. Also Scarlet (for Robin Hood) is amazing.
    Great list!

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    1. As am I, Danielle. It's pretty much the most beautiful, "classic" fairytale I know of.

      Anything to do with Prince Charming and I'm in. :)

      I have not read the Mermaid book you mention, but I've read it's a good read! I'll have to add it to my virtual TBR shelf. :)

      Thanks for the awesome suggestions. Appreciate them and the comment. :)

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  18. I am excited for Mulan- I think a book about it would be great too! I am kind of new to retellings, so I don't really have many recommendations beyond the super obvious ones, but I love this list, because I would really enjoy reading about any of these!
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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    1. Me too, Shannon. I think there might be an older Mulan re-telling, maybe one of those in a series of books that goes on forever... I'm not sure. Here's hoping we both find some good re-tellings. :)

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  19. "Entwined" by Heather Dixon is one of my favorite re-tellings of the twelve dancing princesses. Just thought I would throw that out there.;)
    Beauty and the Beast is one of my all time favorites! I think it is the library.;)

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    1. I'm *dying* to read Entwined - thanks! It not only looks amazing, the plot sounds great too, plus one of my blogging friends recommends it. The more recommendations I get, the more I'll be nudged into reading it. :)

      Beauty and the Beast is a classic. There's just no other way to say it.

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  20. Totally agree with The Little Mermaid because that was my favorite as a kid, too. Plus, mermaids are just so magical! And Beauty and the Beast is just a classic that all of us "bookish" gals love, so you can never have too much of it. I know it may not be your typical fairytale, but I would like to see another movie made out of Ella Enchanted. I loved that book as a teen and while I think the movie with Anne Hathaway is okay, it's a little on the corny side and I would like to see an Ella movie that's not quite so cheesey. Loved this post!

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    1. Mermaids are magical, Miranda. I agree. There is very little re-told in that legend, though I think Anna Banks has a mermaid trilogy. It's not really a re-telling far as I know though.

      'Beauty' is a classic. Well said. The message, the love story, just everything about it dazzles.

      I hear ya about "Ella." I really like it, but I know what you're saying. I guess, when I watch it, I know it's "silly," so I adjust my thinking, but like you, I'd like to see another adaptation. I'm always up for some fairytale amazingness. :)

      Glad you visited Miranda.

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  21. Great list. I adore Twelve Dancing Princesses. It's something about the defiance of the daughters and the mysterious ruined shoes.

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    1. Wonderful to hear, Deb. Thanks! I'm eager to read some of the recommendations I was given (re-tellings of "12 Princesses") and see what I think. :)

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