- Changing Thumbelina, short story by Emily Ryan-Davis. If you're a fan of erotic romance, do yourself a favor and go get this short story. You'll never regret spending that $1.49! This is the retelling of Thumbelina. The story is unique, creative, hot, and the characters are unforgettable. Truly.
- Stardust by Neil Gaiman is basically a refashioning of fairytales & not necessarily a twist on a specific well known one, but I like the feel of the fairytale world he created. Awesome stuff.
- Candy Houses by Shiloh Walker, Grimms are guardian angels and Greta gets a shot at her HEA. This is the first in a series.
- I could seriously list more than 13 books by Mercedes Lackey alone, but for the sake of keeping this list short, go check out a list of her works, or start with the fantasy series Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms. Have much love for this series.
- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Newbery award winning retelling of Cinderella.
- Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire. I think that Cinderella may be the most popular tale for refashioning, but that's just a guess.
- Nancy Madore's erotic series of bedtime stories for women, Enchanted, Enchanted Again & Enchanted Dreams.
- Beauty and the Beast has been retold countless times in Romance. Here's one list of books that follow this theme, compiled by Romantic Times. I'll just point out: A Rose in Winter by Kathleen Woodiwiss, simply because she's the author who brought me to Romance.
- I've seen a few erotic stories of Snow White and all those dwarves.
- Red (plus Scarlet & Crimson, the books in the Dead World series) by Jordan Summers. Futuristic Paranormal Romance, twist of Red and the big bad wolf.
- Bluebeard's Egg by Margaret Atwood (even if you haven't read it, obvious that the title short story in this collection is a twist on Bluebeard. Or maybe that's only obvious if you've heard of, or read, Bluebeard.)
- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Many may guess, especially given the cover of some versions (or images from the movie pictured to the right), that this story is a twist on Red Riding Hood. But this story also has twisted elements of the Bluebeard fairy tale.
- The Forbidden Chamber, my own twist on Bluebeard.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Twisted fairy tales are a favorite of mine. Maybe it's that taking the familiar and giving it a kick. Maybe it's the fun of seeing how an author can take something well-known and make it new. Or, maybe it's taking a familiar character and seeing him/her in a new situation. Whatever the reason, I love twisted fairy tales. Here's a list of 13 twisted tales.