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I love fairytales, mythologies and folklore, so I’m just delighted with this week’s theme !
I don’t know if it’s nostalgia, or because there always something to take out of those stories, but it always feels good to come back to fairytales. I’m still doing Disney marathons, I still have in mind the first time I read the story of Bluebeard (I didn’t know I would end up scarred for life) and, no matter what, I’ll keep watching Once Upon A Time.
So, here is my list of fairytale-inspired books that I want to read.
BREAKING WITH THE TRADITION
The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer : What I understand from the summaries is that these books are about the kind of princesses I would have loved to start with (even as a kid, and although I couldn’t quite articulate why at the time, I hated Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty) : kickass cyborg Cinderella, kickass cyborg mechanic Little Red, and kickass who-cares-about-social-norms Snow White. Count me in.
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman : It’s Sleeping Beauty, just gayer. As we’re still waiting for a queer Disney prince and/or princess, this is a good start.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik : We all have this image of a dragon keeping guard while the princess is locked in her tower, and I think this one breaks with that theme.
INSPIRED BY FAIRYTALES & FOLKLORE
A Court Of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas : From what I understand, it can be seen as a mix between Little Red Riding Hood, what with the wolf and the main character being a huntress, and Beauty and the Beast.
The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan : Inspired by Celtic folklore, the main character sends the souls of the dead to their final resting place.
Golden by Melinda Michaels : The main character is unknowingly the daughter of a fairytale character. Very Once Upon A Time, I think.
The Wrath & The Dawn by Renée Andieh : A retelling of A Thousand And One Nights, and Scheherazade’s story.
ANOTHER SIDE TO THE STORY
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The Once And Future King by T.H. White : It’s sitting there, in my flat, I couldn’t not mention it. Another story about King Arthur, his knights, and his faithful warlock.
Peter, The Untold True Story by Christopher Mechling : Peter Pan’s origins story.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman : I’m starting it now, and from what I can tell, it’s all about a new vision of the Gods and Goddesses we heard so much about.
BONUS ROUND !
(I couldn’t resist) My two favourite musical retellings (I could have gone with Disney, but I made an effort) : Wicked, a sort prequel to Dorothy’s adventures in Oz and focusing on the Wicked Witch of the West ; and Into The Woods, the musical that fucks with your childhood.