I’m a sucker for Once Upon A Time.
Particularly if it ends with:
Just kidding!* I love retellings (fairy tale, classic, and even history) because they throw a new angle on something I’ve always loved. It’s the ultimate fanfiction. And it amazes me how an author can turn an overused story about girl who can’t keep her shoes on into an epic and hilarious and empowering story about a cyborg. That takes talent. That takes imagination.
* Not really. I love a good tragedy. I absolutely do.
Retellings inspire me because they’re full of imagination.
I’m an imaginative person, okay? I love imagination and I want to see other people popping ideas like suave moths and assassin Cinderallas out of their delightful brains. I want to read a retelling and think, “Yep, never would’ve put that together.” I want to be impressed and amazed.
But retellings have to be done well.
Okay, so they need to be perfect.
If you’re going to mess with my favourite story in the world that I grew up loving and imagining and dreaming about: then do it justice or go home. Or else my little psychopathic side might come crawling out for a game of Cluedo. Real life Cluedo.
But, onwards shall we? To happier things!
(Let me just bury my judgemental side. Okay, we good? We good. Let’s move forward.)
As you know from my list of 22 Things To Do Before I’m 22, I’m taking part in Mel’s Fairy Tale Retelling challenge. I’d like to read 10 to 15 retellings this year. The goal is for “fairy tale retellings”, but we can sneak in some other retellings if we choose.
It started me thinking, “What books am I going to read?” I don’t buy books* so it narrows down to a) what I can get review-copies of, and b) what the library has.
I don’t want to read books for the sake of it. I only want books I’m interested and passionate about.**
* I’m poor.
** Which isn’t a biggie, because it takes me two blinks of an eye to be passionate about a book. What can I say? I LOVE BOOKS.
FAIRY TALE RETELLINGS I’VE READ IN THE PAST
But what else is there?
You know that feeling of being terrified that you’ll run out of your favourite genre?
I might’ve had that feeling for a few minutes. BUT! I did my research and now I have a tentative game plan of books to read for this challenge. (A phrase here which means I stalked this Epic Reads list.)
FAIRY TALE RETELLINGS I COULD READ?
Well that’s 17! If I read them all I would a) be amazing, and b) be tired, and c) I’d hit the next level of winner in the challenge! But let’s take it calmly, eh?
I love fairy tales, retold or not.
There is an awfully large chance I will never ever grow out of fairy tales. I love the magic of them. I like equal parts horror and sweet or icy and furious. I like things that are impossible. I like oldness reimagined. I like tales that never lose their poignancy.
I also like Sherlock. Which, coincidentally, the show is also a retelling. How perfect.
are you taking part in this fairy tale challenge?! got any books to recommend me? (it depends if my library has them though, but I’ve got a fabulous library) any books on my to-read list you recommend i skip because they are poisoned apples? and do you like/hate fairy tales and retellings? TELL ME WHY, THOUGH.
Cait loves retellings so much she’s written three of them. They’ve turned out a little dark and scary and very apocalyptic, but who doesn’t think of Little Red Riding Hood’s grandma as a gun dealer, right?! Currently, she’s reading THERE WILL BE LIES which is partially boring and partially addictive.
PS. Don’t forget to fill in my survey! I’ll post the results this week. There are some fabulously interesting statistics, including the fact that 70% of my readers are, in fact, pineapples. It’s a regular fruit salad around here.