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Top Ten Tuesday: Retold Fairy Tales

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s theme is the top fairy tales I’d love to see retold, or retellings I’d love to read/have already read. All book covers from Goodreads.

Top Ten Retold Fairy Tales

1. Russian Lacquer, Legends, and Fairy Tales by Lucy Maxym


My mother bought me a used copy of this book at a library book sale and I read it front to cover many times over. I’d love to see any of these legends retold in the modern day.

2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer


I’ve seen this book on so many bloggers’ Top Ten lists that I feel like I must give it a try.

3. Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall by Bill Willingham


The first entry I read in the Fables series (which I never got to finish).

4. The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson


In elementary school, I borrowed a copy of The Little Mermaid from my school’s library. No one had told me that the original story was so much sadder than the Disney movie. I still think it’s such a beautiful story.

5. The Little Android by Marissa Meyer


Since I love The Little Mermaid so much, of course I would want to read a sci-fi retelling of this story! I had actually heard of this one before I’d heard of Cinder, although I hadn’t realized it had been written by Marissa Meyer at the time.

6. Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman


Definitely one of the most messed-up retellings I’ve ever read.

7.  Castle Waiting by Linda Medley


A fantastic graphic novel story inspired by Sleeping Beauty!

8. In the Cities of Coin and Spice by Catherynne M. Valente


Inspired by the 1001 Arabian Nights.

9. The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde


Alternate retellings of Rumpelstiltskin!

10. Beauty by Sarah Pinborough


Another Sleeping Beauty adaptation.


What are your favorite retold fairy tales?

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  1. Anne

    This was such a fun post idea this week. I love retellings and you picked some good ones I haven’t even heard of before. I want to look into the Neil Gaiman book you listed. Drop by my blog and sign up for the audiobook retelling give-away.

    My TTT Retellings

  2. Ronnie Reads and Reviews

    Nice choice of books here. Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales always seem to prefer bittersweet/tragic ends. Fables might be more manageable to read now since it’s all things Fable-verse are concluding this year. (2015 is the Fable-verse apocalypse!)

    • Zed Amadeo

      Thanks! I read a bit of background about Hans Christian Anderson. It sounds like he lived a bittersweet life.

      If that’s true about Fables, then I need to check out the rest of the series.

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