Pam and I work at a university and we often have conversations with people in other fields of study. Thinking back on these conversations two comments have stuck with me. First, some of my friends in the English department have said there are only so many good plots and this is why contemporary authors engage in retelling stories. I've also heard talks by psychologists who argue that fairy tales told to us when we are children play a particularly profound role in development of the psyche. As a scholar of gender studies, I am particularly fascinated when young adult authors engage in the modern retelling of class fairy tales.
Recently, I have personally enjoyed the Lunar Chronicles by Marisa Meyer who engages in a retelling of Cinderella in Cinder and of Little Red Riding Hood in Scarlet. What I loved most about the retells were the modern twists on the classic stories. So rather than a fairy godmother we have a fairy android (Iko).
Pam also recently reviewed the book, Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay, and also loved it. She loved it because although it was inspired by Beauty and Beast, it was still so different and unique that the story felt fresh.
Do you have a favorite modern retelling of a classic fairy tale and if so why do you love it? Or if you don't like them, why not?
Posted by: Sheri