So, without further ado, here are my top 3 fairy tale retellings:
3. Wildwood Dancing, by Juliet Marillier
Reading this book felt like walking into a different world. It's loosely based on The Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale, but Marillier takes the story in such an imaginative direction. I felt really drawn to the main character, Jena, who is trying to take responsibility for her sisters and figure out who she can trust. I enjoyed each sister's unique personality and the way they related to each other. Most of all, I loved the way the elements of the story tied together - how a childhood game impacted several of the characters' lives for years, and the way everything resolved at the end.
2. The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale
1. Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine
This is probably my most-read book of all time. It was initially bought for my sister - she read it and enjoyed it, I read it and basically stole it from her :) (Sorry, Jules!) I adore this book for so many reasons. Ella is a fun, relatable character, who illustrates her intelligence and sense of humor in the way she handles the curse put on her by a clueless, well-intentioned fairy. Char is completely charming, yet down-to-earth and just flawed enough to be realistic. Their friendship-turned-romance still keeps me turning the pages, no matter how many times I've read the book. I also enjoy the fantasy elements of this story. Creatures such as unicorns and ogres are worked in so naturally - they make the kingdom of Frell fun to explore, yet it doesn't feel too foreign. I don't think any future Cinderella retellings could possibly capture my heart the way this one has.
My other honorable mention (I seem to always have a few!) goes to Melanie Dickerson's fairy tale retellings in historical settings. I love the way she manages to work in fairy tale elements despite setting her stories in the real world, and her romances are always so sweet.
Would any of these books make your list? What are your favorite fairy tales, and which retellings do you enjoy the most? Are there any fairy tales you'd like to see retold more often, or in a particular way?
Thanks for reading,
Wildwood Dancing: http://www.julietmarillier.com/books/wildwood-dancing/
The Goose Girl: http://www.squeetus.com/stage/goose_buy.html
Ella Enchanted: http://gailcarsonlevine.com/ella.html