Fairy Tale Fiction

By , April 24, 2014

This May, Disney will take a walk on the dark side with its film MaleficentA “Sleeping Beauty” tale told from the perspective of the villainous Maleficent and the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse young Princess Aurora. To get us into the mood for all things Maleficent, a listing of fairy tale inspired fiction…..






Beauty: A Novel

By Susan Wilson

“When Alix Miller takes off for a remote spot in New Hampshire to paint a portrait of the reclusive aristocrat Leland Crompton, nothing has prepared her for what’s in store.”


Black Swan, White Raven

Edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

“This critically acclaimed anthology features modern retellings of fairy tales by some of today’s best writers, including John Crowley, Joyce Carol Oates, Pat Murphy, Nancy Kress, Jane Yolen.”


Briar Rose

By Jane Yolen

“Ever since she was a child, Rebecca has been enchanted by her grandmother Gemma’s stories about Briar Rose. A promise Rebecca makes to her dying grandmother will lead her on a remarkable journey.”


Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

By Gregory Maguire

“A brilliant and provocative retelling of the timeless Cinderella tale.”


The Crane Wife

By Patrick Ness

“A magical novel, based on a Japanese folk tale,  about a broken-hearted man who is transformed when he rescues an injured white crane.”


The Fairest of Them All

By Carolyn Turgeon

“In an enchanted forest, the maiden Rapunzel’s beautiful voice captivates a young prince hunting nearby. Overcome, he climbs her long golden hair to her tower and they spend an afternoon of passion together, but by nightfall the prince must return to his kingdom, and his betrothed.”


Mermaid: a Twist on the Classic Tale

By Carolyn Turgeon

“A surprising take on the classic tale, Mermaid is the story of two women with everything to lose. Beautifully written and compulsively readable, it will make you think twice about the fairytale you heard as a child, keeping you in suspense until the very last page.”


Mirror Mirror

By Gregory Maguire

“A lyrical work of stunning creative vision, Mirror Mirror gives fresh life to the classic story of Snow White.”


Mirror, Mirror

By J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas and R.C. Ryan

“Five romantic suspense novellas based on fairy tales.”


Six-Gun Snow White

By Catherynne M. Valente

“A retelling of “Snow White” set in the “gritty gun-slinging west.”


While Beauty Slept

By Elizabeth Blackwell

“This retelling of “Sleeping Beauty” by debut novelist Elizabeth Blackwell is faithful to the original while offering a fresh interpretation.”


- Karen






2 Responses to “Fairy Tale Fiction”

  1. Crystal Ball says:

    Briar Rose is one of my favorites. I would add Neil Gaiman’s Stardust as a modern fairytale highly worth reading…

  2. Karen says:

    Thanks for the suggestion Crystal Ball!

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