If you like stories based on fairy tales, you’ll probably like….
— Robin McKinley’s fairy tale remakes, in particular her Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast, one of my favorite books of all time. She revisited Beauty and the Beast in a later book, Rose Daughter, as well as tackling Sleeping Beauty (Spindle’s End), Donkey-Skin (which she changed to Deerskin) and others.
— Some of my favorite novels come out of Tor Books’ long ago Fairy Tale Series, in which contemporary authors were invited to revisit old stories. My two top picks of the series were Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin, set on a college campus in the 1970s, and Patricia C. Wrede’s Elizabethan-set Snow White and Rose Red.
— Beauty and the Beast appears to be a popular theme. Elizabeth Hoyt’s To Beguile A Beast and Kathleen E. Woodiwiss’ A Rose in Winter (a book I adored as a teenager) both make use of the Beauty and the Beast frame.
— I’ve always liked the fairy tales less traveled. Kate Holmes’ The Wild Swans does a great job with that tale (I’d wondered how someone would cope with a heroine who isn’t allowed to speak for the bulk of the story) and features a rather Miles-like hero.
— There was a novel that came out last year or thereabouts based on the Twelve Dancing Princesses– and it’s driving me nuts that I can’t recall the title (especially since I’d meant to read it, then never got around to it). Anyone else remember?
What are your favorite fairy tale based novels?