5 Books Inspired by the Sleeping Beauty Fairy Tale

Who doesn’t know the Sleeping Beauty story? It’s intriguing and dark and terrifying all at the same time.

Who doesn’t know the Sleeping Beauty story? A young woman pricks her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and falls into a deep sleep that resembles death. It’s intriguing and dark and terrifying all at the same time. Dig deep enough, and the tale you find is dark and insidious, but if you only scrape the surface, you find the story of a woman who was put to sleep by a slighted fairy.

Regardless of what has drawn your interest to this tale and its retellings, the fact remains that your interest was piqued.

Here are five stories inspired by the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale.

1. “spindle’s end”

Spindle’s End
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Robin McKinley‘s retelling, Spindle’s End, spins a tale where the protagonist Rosie, a young girl who was saved on her name day from an evil fairy. All the same, she was cursed to prick her finger on a spindle and fall into an eternal sleep. This story is told much in the way of a fairy tale, where the narrative is vastly more important to the dialogue itself. On top of that, McKinley spends a great deal of time building the world that her characters inhabit. Definitely check this book out if you’re interested in a slow burn retelling!

2. “The gates of sleep”

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The Gates of Sleep is just one retelling in Mercedes Lackey’s Elemental Masters series. This story follows Marina, the child of two bohemian artists in Victorian England. While Marina grows to be an educated young woman, her knowledge stems mostly from the fact that she, like her parents, is an elemental master. She has several questions to ask her parents–all of which go unanswered. When she meets her Aunt Arachne, only then does she realize how much danger she is in. Definitely check out this retelling of Sleeping Beauty for a magical story!

3. “The castle behind thorns”

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Merrie Haskell‘s story The Castle Behind Thorns follows young Sand, a man who awakens in a castle completely covered in thorns. He doesn’t know what has happened, but he does know that the rumors and legends say that a great earthquake brought the beautiful foundation tumbling down. Regardless, he does what he does best, and he fires up the castle’s forge. He soon encounters the heir of the castle, Perrotte, and together, they work to discover their pasts together.

4. “The Fairy’s return and other fairy tales”

The Fairy’s Return
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It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Gail Carson Levine ended up on a list like this. The Fairy’s Return and Other Fairy Tales features several fairy tale retellings, and one of those just happens to be “Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep.” This story features the sleeping princess, but it also presents a flock of sheep that just happen to be balding.

5. “Princess of thorns”

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Stacey Jay hits us with a story that has been compared to Game of Thrones with her own retelling Princess of ThornsWe follow Aurora, a fairy who appears to be human. She has the ability to destroy any man who kisses her. She disguises herself as a boy in order to blend in, but in the process, Aurora ends up working with a cursed prince to fight off an evil ogre queen. If they can usurp this queen, then Aurora can save her brother and regain the throne that was taken from her. Will Aurora and the prince be able to break the curses that plague the two of them? Read and find out!

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