5 Books Inspired by the Rapunzel Fairy Tale

Personally, I think it goes without saying that all fairy tales have a certain draw and appeal. Rapunzel is no exception to this rule. Here are five books inspired by the classic fairy tale.

Personally, I think it goes without saying that fairy tales have a certain draw and appeal. Rapunzel is no exception to this rule. A young girl is taken from her parents by a witch, and she is raised in a secluded tower. The only way out of the tower is via the rope that Rapunzel’s long, golden hair created… and the only person who was ever meant to leave the tower was the witch. Naturally, this all changes when a prince stumbles across the tower and finds Rapunzel there.

This story has been retold in Disney’s Tangled and in Stephen Sondheim‘s Into The WoodsIt should go without saying that there are several books that have also taken inspiration from this very tale as well.

Here are five books inspired by the Rapunzel fairy tale.

1. “cress”

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Cress is the third installment in Marissa Meyer‘s Lunar Chronicles series. Much like the previous two books in the series, the third follows a main character inspired by a fairy tale character–in this case, Cress is based on Rapunzel. Cress is introduced to the main cast of characters in this series–Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlet, and Wolf. Cress is a hacker who has been imprisoned on a satellite for her entire life, serving the Lunar queen Levana… who just happened to order her to track down Cinder. Although Cinder and her friends attempt to rescue Cress, their plan goes horribly wrong. Read and see what happens.

2. “Golden: a retelling of rapunzel”

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Cameron Dokey‘s retelling of Rapunzel, Golden, introduces us to a Rapunzel with quite the twist. Before Rapunzel is born, her mother makes a deal with the sorceress Melisande: If she doesn’t love her child as the baby looked upon birth, Melisande will take the baby away. So when Rapunzel is born bald and with no hope of ever growing hair, the sorceress makes good on her promise and whisks the child away. After caring for Rapunzel for sixteen years, Melisande suddenly reveals that she has another daughter: Rue. Rue also happens to be cursed, and it will take the two of them working together to break their respective curses.

3. “bitter greens”

Bitter Greens
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Kate Forsyth‘s novel Bitter Greens, introduces readers to Charlotte, a french novelist who was just banished from the royal court. She finds a home in a convent, where a nun comforts her and tells her the story of a young girl who was sold by her father for a handful of parsley. Margherita is taken from her family as a baby by the courtesan Selena as payment for the stolen greens. Selena is at the center of the Renaissance world of Venice, and she thrives there. Yet while she engages with this world, her young ward is locked away in the tower, hoping that someone will hear her singing. And indeed, one day, someone does…

4. “braided: a lesbian rapunzel”

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Braided: A Lesbian Rapunzel is one of the fairy tales that Elora Bishop adapted for her Sappho’s Fables series. Zelda is cursed to stand on a platform set in an ancient tree, where she will remain forever, her hair growing until it reaches the ground beneath her. However, this curse was never intended for her. In fact, it was intended for a witch’s daughter–Gray. Gray visits Zelda every day, and she falls more and more in love with her with every visit. When the chance comes for her to break the curse, Gray takes it, and she delves into the dreamworld of chimera to save Zelda.

5. “golden curse”

Golden Curse
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M. Lynn‘s tale Golden Curse, creates a version of Rapunzel that we might not be quite so familiar with. Following Persinette Basil, a princess who is forced to flee her home at the age of ten. Now eighteen, Persinette must return to her home at the command of a curse. If she is discovered by the prince though, her quest could end prematurely. Find out how this tale shapes out by reading this first installment in the Fantasy and Fairytales series!

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