Im planning on doing a “Top Five Friday” on the last Friday of each month, and this one is about my favourite retellings!
I love a good fairytale and folk story, so when a book brings out a retelling of one I really liked, I love seeing how they’ve interpreted it.
So without any further ado, here are my top five retellings.
1 – Spindle’s End – Robin McKinley
This is the book I recommend to everyone, regardless of if they were even looking for a fairytale retelling or not! It’s a gorgeous and lyrical book, reminding me of Terry Pratchett in its style. The fairytale it’s based on is Sleeping Beauty but it is so much more detailed and fantastical than the original story. It’s a good book to sink into, and it’s the book that really got me into Fantasy right at the beginning.
2 – East – Edith Pattou
This is a heartwarming book for me, partly because it was a gift from one of my best friends as ‘one of her favourite books that got her into fantasy’ which just means the world to me. Also, the story is so sweet and based on a folk tale ‘East of the sun, west of the moon’. The story follows a very similar pattern to this folk tale, but fleshes it out a lot more and lets you see into the minds of the characters involved in this fantastical tale. It’s such a dramatic story, and I’d recommend it to anyone who loves the romance and mystery in folk tales.
3 – Cinder – Marissa Meyer
A Sci-Fi retelling of Cinderella?? Yes please! Some retellings fall down when they try and follow the original story too rigidly, but this story doesn’t have that issue one bit. It adds more in layers, creating a whole new world in which Cinderella can play out, with a much more modern heroine than in the original. It’s a badass and fun story, and you don’t even have to have liked Cinderella to enjoy it just as much as I did.
4 – The Goose Girl – Shannon Hale
This is one I haven’t heard much about in the book community, but it was one I think would appeal to a lot of people. It reminded me of Gail Carson Levine’s novels, who I loved as a kid, and was a retelling of a story I’d never heard of before: Goose Girl. It ended up having a very independent female main character, who saves herself and is a very genuine person, and a storyline with twists and betrayals that kept me hooked until the very last page. It is also part of a series following other characters in the same world, so plenty to get your teeth into!
5 – Sisters Red
A book about werewolves and sisterhood that’s also a retelling of Red Riding Hood is absolutely the sort of book I’d want to pick up. It’s dark and spooky with tension and romantic drama, but all throughout it’s really about the sisters and their relationship… and werewolves. The back and forth point of view between both sisters did take a bit of getting the hang of, but once I’d got in to the story it just added to the drama. I loved it and I’m sure you will too.
What are some retellings you’ve loved?