Not Your Childhood Fairytales


Retelling fairytales seems to be a trend in Hollywood, and that’s not referring to the Disney princess tales.  Last year brought Beastly and Red Riding Hood.

Two new TV series based on fairytales debuted in the Fall 2011 season - NBC’s Grimm and ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

In 2012 there will be two films released based on the story of Snow White.  Mirror, Mirror is due out on March 16th and Snow White and the Huntsman is due out on June 1st.

These films and TV shows re-work traditional fairytales, or add a modern twist.  Authors have been doing this for a while – check out these titles:

Beauty and the Beast
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

The Twelve Dancing Princesses
Entwined by Heather Dixon
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Cinderella
Ash by Malinda Lo
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Grimm Brothers
The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
The Wager by Donna Jo Napoli – based on “The Bearskin”

Little Red Riding Hood
Cloaked in Red by Vivian Vande Velde
Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Sleeping Beauty
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley

The Wizard of Oz
Wicked series by Gregory Maguire

-Lynn H., CADL Youth Services Specialist

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