Since we missed our regularly scheduled If You Like this morning, here’s a make-up If You Like, inspired by Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens.
If you like books based on fairy tales, you’ll probably like….
— Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens, a tale set in 17th century France and 16th century Italy, woven around the story of Rapunzel. I am currently very much in love with this book, which brings both those eras to life beautifully. (I’ve also heard wonderful things about her The Wild Girl, but haven’t read it yet.)
— Robin McKinley’s Beauty, a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast (I could practically recite the first chapter of this book word for word in Middle School). She took a second stab at Beauty and the Beast with her book Rose Daughter. (She also took on Sleeping Beauty with Spindle’s End, Donkeyskin with Deerskin, and the Twelve Dancing Princesses in The Door in the Hedge).
— Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin, another of my all time favorite books, which transports the story of Tam Lin to a college campus (a thinly veiled version of Carleton) in the 1960s. It’s one of those books that makes you remember the joy of learning, and those wonderful college days where everything is woven through with Shakespeare and Milton and whatever else you’ve been studying. With, of course, a touch of faerie.
— Patricia C. Wrede’s Snow White and Rose Red, an Elizabethan version of Snow White and Rose Red.
— Eloisa James’s fairy tale romances: When Beauty Tamed the Beast (Beauty and the Beast), A Kiss at Midnight (Cinderella), The Ugly Duchess (the Ugly Duckling), The Duke Is Mine (the Princess and the Pea), and Once Upon a Tower (Rapunzel).
— Kate Holmes’s The Wild Swans. I read this one a while ago, but I remember a) being impressed that she managed to pull off a romance where the heroine isn’t allowed to speak for most of the book, and b) thinking that the hero was particularly Miles-esque.
What are your favorite novels based on fairy tales?