Fantasy Checklist Challenge: Fairy Tale Retellings

~posted by Jenny C.

I love a good fairy tale; both the originals and all the myriad sorts of retelling. My very favorites, though, are the ones that keep that darkness that’s inherent in many fairy tales, and add infinite embroideries onto a familiar cloth. One of the best examples of the sheer variety possible is in the wonderful series brought together by visionary editor Terri Windling in the 1990s. While we don’t have all the books in the series, the ones we do are worth enjoying.

Jack of Kinrowan in the SPL catalogSnow White and Rose Red in the SPL catalogFitcher's Brides in the SPL catalogBriar Rose in the SPL catalogWhite as Snow in the SPL catalogTam Lin in the SPL catalog Continue reading “Fantasy Checklist Challenge: Fairy Tale Retellings”

New twists on old tales

Since watching Fractured Fairy Tales on TV as a child, traditional stories with a twist have grabbed my attention and delighted my soul.  Young children today, who are just learning what to expect in a story, are tickled when a story takes an unusual turn.  Playing with expectations develops narrative skills — and a sense of humor!

Want a different take on monkey stories?  In Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree, the mischievous monkeys survive the crocodile and live to star in other stories by Eileen Christelow.  In another book by this author, Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, children will be delighted by the sight of the secret bed jumper on the last page! And in Ten Naughty Little Monkeys by local author Suzanne Williams (illustrated by Suzanne Watts) the young monkeys start Continue reading “New twists on old tales”

Fairy tales for grown ups

cover of prince of dreamsSome stories we love hearing over and over again. Folktales told worldwide over the centuries have amazing similarities of theme, style and even in presentation. Some of the most dramatic fairy tales capture our hearts and imaginations even today. Sometimes authors re-imagine than old story from another perspective. At times authors prefer to write new stories using riffs from established tales or using an old-fashioned storyteller’s style that encourages us to settle back and enjoy the telling.

Here are four new spins on fairy tales many of us recognize from our childhood days: