ReWriten Fairytales: Books Based on Old Stories

What’s the deal with authors rewriting fairytales, myths, legends and old movies? At first I poo-pooed the idea and refused to read them. I know there is nothing new out there and I thought people were reWriting these stories because of a lack of originality. But as I trip into reading them I’ve found that they can be quite interesting. They have taken a new twist on an old tale. Some are from a different point of view, some are from a different period of time than the original story. Haven't you ever wondered what happens after the "Happily Ever After"?

I love stories and can't help wanting to know more, read more. I sometimes hate when movies end. I want the story to keep going. These retold stories are just a great extension of the original.

My reReading began with CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY STEP SISTER by Gregory Maguire. If you’ve read that you know the kicker of the story. If you haven’t read it, I won’t ruin it for you. It’s the retelling of the Cinderella story from a different point of view.

I also just finished reading SISTERS RED by Jackson Pearce which is a modern take of Little Red Riding Hood. It was a cool story and the Big Bad Wolf was a werewolf. (Coolness!)

They are stories we already love and when told from a different Point of View or during a different time that the original story really gets my curiosity buzzing. I chose most of these because of their ratings on Amazon and suggestions from friends.

Here is a list of reWritten stories I plan on reading in order of what I find most interesting:

1. BEAST by Donna Jo Napoli—The story of the Beast from Beauty in the Beast. This story looks totally awesome! (She has also has written about Rapunzel, Jack & the beanstalk, Hansel & Gretel and Rumpelstiltskin.)

2. WICKED by Gregory Maguire—A tale from the POV of with Wicked Witch of the West. (He’s also got more from the POV of the Cowardly Lion, Son of the wicked witch, and snow white.) I know this came out in the ninety's but hey, I'll catch up!

3. THE HEALER’S APPRENTICE by Melanie Dickerson—The story of Sleeping Beauty

4. WHAT-THE-DICKENS: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy by Gregory Maguire—This sounds hilarious, as story about a rogue tooth fairy.

5. CINDER (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer—Each book in this series adds a new fairytale, starting with Cinderella.

So there’s where I’ll begin. Amazon has a couple of lists already that people have made of books based on fairytales. It will probably over-stimulate you. But if you have already read one or several that you’ve loved, please post a comment so I can add them to my list. I love getting good reports of good books.