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Fairytale Retellings You’ll Wish You Wrote

It’s National Tell a Fairytale Day! We here at Bookstr absolutely love classic fairytales. They remind us of simpler times when all we had to worry about was what we wanted to eat for lunch and who we wanted to play with on the playground. But as we grow, we expand our *very sophisticated* taste for literature, and we find ourselves fascinated with fantastical worlds with modern elements. So, to satisfy your thirst for classic tales with modern twists, we’ve compiled a list of magical fairytale retellings that will make you wish you wrote them.

CInderella- ‘cinder’ by Marissa Meyer

 

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Cyborgs and androids and princes, oh my! Cinder combines the best of the beloved fairytale with the best of science fiction, action, and romance. This book will capture your attention and pull you into the world of New Beijing, a world where technology rules and interests collide.

 

beauty and the beast-  ‘A court of thorns and roses’ by Sarah j. maas

 

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Beauty and the Beast takes on a fantastical new life through this complex story complete with faeries, curses, and of course, romance. A Court of Thorns and Roses brings a fantastical addition to the world of fairytale retellings.

Queen of Hearts- ‘heartless’ by Marissa Meyer

 

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Think you’ve had enough of Wonderland? Think again! Marissa Meyer completely transforms this classic world from a new perspective. Far from the character we think we know, Heartless allows us to dive deep into the world of the Queen of Hearts when she was just Catherine, a beautiful young baker in Wonderland.

SNOW WHITE- ‘THE SHADOW QUEEN’ BY C.J. REDWINE

 

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Snow White gets a fiery new twist with this one. Heir to the throne and fugitive Lorelai is armed with a vengeance and ready to kill the Queen who murdered and took her family’s throne. When Prince Kol of a neighboring kingdom makes a wicked deal with the Queen, he finds himself torn between his promised task and Lorelai, who has completely subverted his expectations.

 

Cinderella- ‘geekerella’ by Ashley poston

 

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Geekerella steps beyond the fantasy world and tells the story of Ellie Wittimer, book superfan. Sound familiar? As this fandom fanatic crashes into the world of heartthrob Darien Freeman, both learn they may have more in common than they think. This lighthearted story positions the classic fairytale in a modern, realistic setting, complete with movies, meet-and-greets, and cosplay. What’s not to love?

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‘Inkheart’ Author Cornelia Funke Teams with Guillermo del Toro for ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ Novel

The Bookseller reports that the visionary director of The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro, and Cornelia Funke, the author of bestseller The Thief Lord and Inkheart, have written a book for adults based on 2006’s Pan’s Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno in Spanish).

 

The film is a dark fairy tale set during the horrific events of the Spanish civil war, following a young girl who discovers a world of magical creatures and a ten-foot faun who tells her she is a changeling, the daughter of the fairy king. She must prove herself to the faun by completing several strange tasks before she can be welcomed back to court. All the while, the girl’s stepfather, an authoritarian army captain, is attempting to eradicate the rebels based in the surrounding countryside.

 

Both del Toro and Funke are absolute masters of their craft, and both have written numerous astounding fantasy stories. Funke said that not only was the film one of her favorites but that “…fantasy is the sharpest tool to develop and unveil all the miracles and the terrors of our reality.” 

 

Here is my favorite scene from Pan’s Labyrinth, just in case you don’t want to sleep tonight. I can’t wait to see it in print.

 

 

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Cinderella Who? Anastasia Steals the Spotlight as the NEW Disney Princess

I love a technicality, and technically, Anastasia has become a Disney princess. On Thursday, Disney announced it had struck a deal to acquire Fox for $52.4 billion. Following the deal, most people have focused on the steps towards a Disney monopoly like no other: the merger means all the characters within the pages of Marvel Comics are finally under one cinematic roof. The merger also means that Anastasia, the heroine from the 1997 film of the same name, is officially a Disney princess. 

 

Despite always feeling like she should be a Disney princess, the movie came out of 20th Century Fox’s animation studios and could never really be on your list of favorite princesses, until now. I’m psyched to add her to my list of favorites, but the issue now is exactly where on that list she’ll land. She’s kind of a badass, you know.

 

Anastasia

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My favorite Disney princess has always been Mulan, but with this news, I’m not sure how solid that ranking is. Mulan and Anastasia have a lot in common, they’re two of the earliest examples of self-sufficient princesses who seek out their own adventures rather than just search for a prince to marry or stumble into trouble and expect a man to save them. These are the princesses that paved the way for stories with strong role models like Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, or Moana. 

 

Anastasia and Dimitri

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If you’re still on the fence, let’s talk about our newest Disney prince, Dimitri. As a child, he selflessly saves Anastasia and her grandmother. As an adult, he’s a con man with a heart of gold who looks damn good in a tux and can waltz with the best of them. Oh yeah, and did I mention he was voiced by John Cusack? Oops, probably should’ve mentioned that first. 

 

And then there’s the villain of the story – Rasputin! He’s such a creep in such a lovely, historically accurate way. 

 

Rasputin from Anastasia

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Seriously, this movie should be working its way to the top of your list, if it isn’t already.

 

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