If you haven't stopped into the library lately, you haven't taken notice of our current display items: Classic Novels! If you have stopped in, you might have noticed there is an extreme lack of Fairy Tales in the mix.
We all know our fairy tales; they're some of the first stories we ever hear as children, and they've been passed along from generation to generation. There has been a surge recently in publishing for re-tellings and re-workings of not only classic novels (as the pillar display shows), but also of those favorite Fairy Tales.
Personally, I'm a huge fan of fairy tales and fantasy in general. Here are just a few picks from the genre, all available via the MORE catalog. Most of these titles are cataloged as Young Adult, but don't let that deter you from picking up one of these great retellings! Several of these authors (such as Alex Flinn and Jane Yolen) also have several other retelling novels, or the books are part of a series.
(Summaries courtesy of GoodReads)
Meet Captain James
Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to
play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that
never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden
grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan’s rules.
From the glamour of the Fairy Revels, to the secret ceremonies of the
First Tribes, to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid
Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they
never have for Hook. And in the pirate captain himself, she begins to
see someone far more complex than the storybook villain.
Humans and androids
crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the
population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make
their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. --Cinder,
a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a
mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her
stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the
handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an
intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty
and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her
past in order to protect her world’s future.
3. Beastly (Beauty and the Beast): I am a beast. A
beast. --Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new
creature who walks upright--a creature with fangs and claws and hair
springing from every pore. I am a monster. --You think I'm talking
fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's
no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever--ruined--unless
I can break the spell. --Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my
English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by
day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be
Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks,
and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly... beastly.
4. Kill Me Softly (Mixture): Mirabelle's past is
shrouded in secrecy, from her parents' tragic deaths to her guardians'
half-truths about why she can't return to her birthplace, Beau Rivage.
Desperate to see the town, Mira runs away a week before her sixteenth
birthday—and discovers a world she never could have imagined. --In
Beau Rivage, nothing is what it seems. Here, fairy tales come to life, curses are awakened, and
ancient stories are played out again and again --But fairy tales
aren't pretty things, and they don't always end in happily ever after.
Mira has a role to play, a fairy tale destiny to embrace or resist
5. Briar Rose (Snow White & Briar Rose) Ever since she was a
child, Rebecca has been enchanted by her grandmother Gemma’s stories
about Briar Rose. But a promise Rebecca makes to her dying grandmother
will lead her on a remarkable journey to uncover the truth of Gemma’s
astonishing claim: I am Briar Rose. A journey that will lead her to unspeakable brutality and horror. But also to redemption and hope.
6. Godmother (Cinderella) Lil is an old woman who
spends her days shelving rare books in a tiny Manhattan bookstore and
lonely nights at home in her apartment. But Lil has an intriguing
secret. Tucked and bound behind her back are white feathery wings–the
only key to who she once was: the fairy godmother responsible for
getting Cinderella to the ball to unite with her Prince Charming. --But
on that fateful night, something went terribly and beautifully wrong.
Lil allowed herself the unthinkable: to feel the emotions of human
beings and fall in love with the prince herself, going to the ball in
place of Cinderella in her exquisitely gorgeous human guise. For her
unforgivable mistake, she was banished to live among humans. Then one day
she meets Veronica–and suddenly it becomes clear to Lil that she’s
been given a chance at redemption. If she can find a soul mate for
Veronica, she may right her wrong and return to the fairy world she so
deeply longs for.
7. Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile (Mix; I had to include at least one graphic novel --and even if comics aren't your thing, you won't regret giving this series a shot!) When a savage creature
known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and
fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced
into exile. Disguised among the normal citizens of modern-day New York,
these magical characters have created their own peaceful and secret
society within an exclusive luxury apartment building called Fabletown.
But when Snow White's party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently
murdered, it is up to Fabletown's sheriff, a reformed and pardoned Big
Bad Wolf (Bigby Wolf), to determine if the killer is Bluebeard, Rose's
ex-lover and notorious wife killer, or Jack, her current live-in
boyfriend and former beanstalk-climber
These are just a few of the many titles out there. For more, here are some of my favorite GoodReads lists:
Classic Fairy Tales Retold
Mythologies and Retellings of Fairy Tales and Classics
Best Twisted Fairy Tales