Friday, May 6, 2011

Myths Retold

One of my favorite types of books are retold fairytales and myths. While children's variations of storybook myths are fun to read, I also really love young adult and adult book versions. I'm reading Abandon by Meg Cabot right now and it has rekindled my obession with myths and fairytales. I began making a list of my favorite legends and folklore. I decided to share part of the list in case anyone was looking for a good mythology fix like me.

Teen Fairytale/ Myths Retold:

Abandon by Meg Cabot
Myth Retold: The Abduction of Persephone
Commentary: This book is fabulous, I really liked it. My review will be posted soon.

East by Edith Pattou
Myth Retold: East of the Sun and West of the Moon
Commentary: Pretty thick but very good story, completey entrenched in the myth. The narration also sounds very fairytale-like.

Beastly by Alex Flinn
Fairytale Retold: Beauty and the Beast
Commentary: I have not read the book, but I have seen the movie adaptation which is awesome! My friends have read the book and liked it for the most part. They also told me the movie followed the book pretty well.

Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakely Cartwright
Fairytale Retold: Red Riding Hood
Commentary: Doesn't follow the original story very closely but is still very interesting. In my opinion the movie was much better than the book. So, even though it does pain me to say, skip out on the book and pay for the movie instead.

When Rose Wakes by Christopher Golden
Fairytale Retold: Sleeping Beauty
Commentary: I also have not read this one, but it sounds amazing. I've wanted to read it for a long time, but unfortunately haven't gotten the opportunity.

Hearts at Stake (My Love Lies Bleeding) by Alyxandra Harvey
Fairytale Retold: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Commentary: It is actually more like vampire Snow White and her seven hunky brothers. This is a very good book, also the start of an extraordinary series.

Adult Fairytales/ Myths Retold:

Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon
Fairytale Retold: The Little Mermaid
Commentary: I want to read this book badly! I love The Little Mermaid and the story sounds so interesting.

Enchanted: Erotic Bedtime Stories for Women by Nancy Madore
Fairytales Retold: Many stories retold including Beauty and The Beast, Cinderella, Goose Girl, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, Blue Beard etc.
Commentary: It might feel a little awkward to see childish fairytales with an erotic spin, but the book is great. I loved seeing all of my childhood characters come alive... and give into their baser urges.

My Favorite Childhood Fairytale Books:

East of the Sun and West of the Moon by Mercer Mayer


  1. ABANDON is Persephone? I had no idea! The big Persephone retelling that I keep hearing about is THE GODDESS TEST by Aimee Carter.

    Btw, highly recommend ENTWINED by Heather Dixon. It's a retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses, which I had actually never heard of but is apparently quite well known.

    (We just did a post on re-tellings too!


  2. Yes, ABANDON is awesome, as expected of Meg Cabot. I haven't read THE GODDESS TEST yet, but I picked up a copy of it yesterday and will get to it soon.

    I wanted to read ENTWINED as well, but I think I'll have to read the fairytale again first. :)

    That's a very interesting post. I tend to forget how many stories get repeated and how shocking entirely original pieces are.

    Thanks for commenting!


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