Top Ten Tuesday | Characters that are Unique Because Of the Following Reasons (aka They exist in Fairytale-ish Re-tellings)


Happy Tuesday fellow readers, bloggers and friends. As the calendar does indeed confirm its Tuesday, this means we’ve a new edition of Top Ten Tuesday. Why? Because it’s fun – and who doesn’t like to chat all things books. Though instead of talking books in a general sense, we’re focusing on one element that’s particularly important.

Broke and Bookish September 26:  Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________: Examples: Ten books that feature black main characters, characters who hold interesting jobs, characters who have a mental illness, characters that are adopted, characters that play sports, etc, etc. Can't wait to see what you all come up with! – Broke and Bookish

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As a blanket statement, I love characters. Sure there are many important moving parts to characters, but overall, characters are a primary in ensuring a book moves forward. It’s often this journey and their story (within the story) that keeps us rapidly flipping those pages.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday opportunity to feature some of these characters was a kind of challenge because I liked the idea of zeroing in on a group of characters (as the prompt suggests), but didn’t know how I wanted to structure the list. Do I zero in on a specific career? Character quirk? Hair color? Heritage? Quality or trait? The list is endless and full of possibilities.

The more I thought, the more confused I was. WHAT TO FEATURE. Then I had an idea to spin the list a character specific way using cover art. Well, that sort of fell apart or maybe I decided it was “too much” work in too short a time. Either way, I settled on spinning this list with fairytale or classic literature characters inserted in new worlds (aka retellings). Below is a mix of books I have read and books I’m curious about that fit this mold.  

With that lengthy explanation behind us, let’s get to the actual books.

Fairytales Retold: Characters


1. Ella (Belle) and Charlie (Beast) from The Lady and the Lionheart | One of THE most beautiful B&TB re-tellings I've read. The influence is "delicate," but so worthwhile. Amazon | Goodreads

2. Elle Whittier (Cinderella) from Geekerella | A 21st century fangirl, geeky Cinderella-esque character? Um, yes please! Amazon | Goodreads


3. Lorelai (Snow White or The Snow Queen) from The Shadow Queen | This is one I haven't read, but I've seen it likened to BOTH Snow White and The Snow Queen. I'm curious, for those that have read it, what's is most resemble? Amazon | Goodreads 

4. Talia (Aurora) from A Kiss in Time | I've not read this one (as is true of all but two of these), but it's been on my shelf for a long time. Considering I did enjoy Beastly, and Bewitching, I would like to read this one. Soon, I hope. Amazon | Goodreads   

Classic Literature Retold: Characters


1. Amy Gumm and/or Dorothy (Dorothy Gale) from Dorothy Must Die | This is a story I’ve looked at possibly reading for a long time now. I’ve heard it’s quite dark, so given that, I’m not sure it’ll be a story that “works” for me, considering I recently added it to my shelf, I’m hopeful. It certainly sounds creative! Amazon | Goodreads

2. Celia and Jane Woodward (Elinor and Marianne Dashwood) from  Jane of Austin | A beautiful contemporary (set in Texas, no less) re-imagining of Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility, this is easily one of the best 2017 has published. Amazon | Goodreads


3. Jane Steele (Jane Eyre) from Jane Steele | Given we’re slowly sliding into the autumn season, I thought adding some “darker” characters to this list was appropriate. This is one of my recent acquisitions as well. Amazon | Goodreads

4. Olivia Twist (Oliver Twist) from Olivia Twist | Though it’s not my favorite Dickens tale, I’m crazy excited about this “twist” on the classic Oliver Twist classic. Plus, the fact it’s in Langdon’s hands means it’ll be great. Amazon | Goodreads


5.  Persis (Percy Blakeley) from Across a Star-Swept Sky | A sci-fi (YA) re-telling of The Scarlet Pimpernel? How amazing does this book sound? Also, I’m ashamed to admit it’s been on my shelf for waay too long. Amazon | Goodreads

Bonus! Classic Lit Retold | Not focusing on the characters with these (necessarily), but they still fit. Kind of. Ok, so not really, but they’re books (that retool classic), all of which I am interested in and it’s my list, so… *insert shrug emoji*

1. Life After Theft (The Scarlet Pimpernel) | A contemporary re-telling (described as a "clever twist") of an all-time, forever favorite classic lit story?? Um, yes please! Also, how did I forget and/or not know about this one?? Amazon | Goodreads


2. Wild (Tarzan) | The Tarzan legend is not one I've any kind of re-telling for. Needless to say, this one popped up in my searches, and I had to wonder if I should add it to by TBR. Amazon | Goodreads

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This brings another Top Ten Tuesday week to a close. Who did you feature this week? Which of these should I read first?? I’d love to chat all the bookish fun with you all! Comment down below to let me know all the details and bookish chatter. And feel free to leave your Top Ten Tuesday links or introduce yourself. It may take me the entire week to do so, but I’d be glad to visit your bookish spaces.

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42 comments:

  1. Life after Theft and Wild look interesting! I need to read some of Alex's books, since I enjoyed the movie Beastly (I know, it was different).
    Jane of Austin is amazing though!

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    1. I agree, Amanda! I think I'd read about both WAAY back when, but had forgotten about them. I think I might add 'Theft' to my next Amazon order.

      Hope you enjoy Alex's books if/when you read any. I've liked both. Jane of Austin IS amazing. Cannot wait to see what else Hillary has for these contemporary re-tellings. :)

      Glad you stopped by!

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  2. I love what you've done with the prompt this week, Rissi! :-) I can't wait to read Geekerella!

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    1. Thanks so much, Chrissi. It was fun. I originally went in a different direction, but then decided I didn't give myself enough time to prep for the original idea which would have required more time. :)

      Me too! Hoping Geekerella is adorable.

      Thanks for visiting!

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    1. Me too, Anne. They're among my most favorite stories/re-tellings. Thanks - you too. And I appreciate you stopping by. :)

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  4. I have not read many re- tellings I don't think, but several of these sound good. A Sense and Sensibility re-telling set in Texas definitely sounds intriguing! And I'm curious now to check out Wild and Life After Theft (that title has me curious, and I've been wanting to try Aprilynne Pike).

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    1. I've not read a TON in comparison to how many are out in this big reader world, Greg, but those I have are good.

      Jane of Austin is such a fun read. I love the different setting and the "sass" this contemporary world allots for. Also, yay for discover a new book to try. Those are always fun. I haven't read Aprilynne's books either.

      Thanks, as always, for visiting! :)

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  5. I haven't read any stories with retelling characters in them, so I'll check out this list. Thank you for sharing. :)

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    1. Those I've read have been fun, Geybie. Thanks so much for visiting - and I hope you enjoy some of these if you have a chance to read any. :)

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  6. This is such an interesting topic! I never knew Across A Star Swept Sea was a retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel

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    1. Isn't that neat?? I love the idea of a sci-fi 'Pimpernel' re-telling. Talk about unique. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Emma.

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  7. Great topic! I haven't read Dorothy Must Die but I'm really intrigued by it - it seems like a book with a lot of dark humour and I do love me some dark humour. I'm not really that familiar with the original story of The Scarlet Pimpernel, but Life After Theft sounds really fun. =)

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    1. So am I, Jess. It sounds like such a drastic change and take on the classic story. But one I cannot help but be curious about. I recently caved and picked up a copy, so hopefully I'll read it soonish. (It seems like it might be a good fall read.)

      I only know 'Pimpernel' from the 80s film (SOOO good) and the A&E series, but I love the story/plot, so reading a contemporary take on it sounds too good to pass up.

      Thanks for visiting! :)

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  8. Interesting topic! Geekerella has been on my TBR for some time now. Dorothy Must Die also sounds really interesting.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday Post. Thank you!

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    1. YAY! Glad I'm not the only one who thinks some of these sound good. Hope you enjoy them as well if/when you have the chance to read them. :)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting.

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  9. Ooh fun topic! I haven't read any of these, but I don't read a ton of fairytale retellings. I should though! I love so many of the characters in the Lunar Chronicles series.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Thanks, Lauren. It's a fun topic to feature. :)

      (And the Lunar books is a series I still have to read! I hear it's amazing though.)

      Appreciate you visiting.

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  10. I haven't read any of these, but a couple are on my TBR!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/top-ten-tuesday-126/

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    1. Cool. Hope you enjoy those on your TBR. I have to read most of these too, but they sure sound cool/fun. :)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting.

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  11. Many of these are new to me, but definitely intriguing. I will be adding some of these to my massive TBR pile. Loved your take on this topic and thanks for sharing!
    http://www.storyenthusiast.com/top-ten-tuesday-926-characters-with-unusual-jobs/

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    1. You too have a massive TBR, Brittaney?? So glad I'm not alone in that. :)

      Hope if/when you read any of these, you enjoy them. Thanks so much for visiting, as always!

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  12. Great list. I've read The Shadow Queen and it reminded me more of The Snow Queen. It was a good book either way!

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    1. Good to know, Barb. I've read both comparisons about The Shadow Queen, but felt like it probably did favorite 'Snow Queen' more than the Snow White fairytale. :)

      Glad you stopped by!

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  13. I love this! I did a Fairy Tale themed one! And yes, included Lady and the Lionheart.

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    1. Three cheers for a fairy tale theme. Who doesn't love a good fairy tale?? :)

      Glad you stopped by, Rachel.

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  14. Awesome list! I love retellings. The Lady and the Lionheart is one of my all time favorite books.

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    1. Mine too, Ashley - 'Lady' is a beautiful example of good writing AND character study. Appreciate you stopped by! :)

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    1. They all sound great, don't they!?? :)

      Thanks for visiting.

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  16. I enjoy fairytale retellings and so I am loving this list! I should have done characters for mine, but I drew a blank when I was prepping my post. Wouldn't you know it, I came up with an idea last night after it was too late. Maybe another time . . . Anyhow, I haven't read any of the books on your list, although I have a copy of Jane Steele I hope to get to one of these days. The others sound really good, many of which I am unfamiliar with. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I know this feeling all too well (thinking of an idea when it's too late). Oh, well. We should just put them on a list for future uses, right?? :)

      Hope we both enjoy Jane Steele. It sounds like a really unique read!

      Thanks, as always, for visiting.

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  17. I think retellings can be super charming. It doesn't even matter if you're familiar with the original story. I'm super curious about Jane Steele. Sound really interesting.

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    1. I agree, Alicia. In fact, 99% of the time when I read a re-telling it's a story I'm not familiar with - or I haven't read the original novel.

      'Jane' does sound interesting. Definitely one I'd like to read - and this is the perfect time of year.

      Glad you stopped by! :)

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  18. I love retellings and all of these are actually ones I haven't read yet and some I hadn't even heard of so I'm jotting them all down. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Hi, Suzanne. Yay! I hope if you ever read some of these you enjoy them. It's always fun to pad our TBR, right?? :)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  19. I love fairy tale retellings, but I haven't read a single one of these :(

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    1. A feeling I'm familiar with, Elizabeth. Sometimes I walk away (from another blogger's list) and think, "I didn't recognize ANY of those." But sometimes that when we find all those newbie books to add to our TBR. :)

      Glad you visited.

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  20. I've had Dorothy Must Die for quite a while now but still haven't gotten around to reading it yet. Hopefully I can read it soon :)

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    1. I looked at that one for MONTHS (maybe years) before I finally bought a copy. Hope we both like this one. :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Louise.

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  21. I need to get my hands on Jane Steele! :)


    Lauren @ Always Me

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    1. Doesn't it look good?? I'm really curious about that one. :)

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