I read a NB reviewer on Goodreads who didn’t like the NB rep (Loki is nb and depending on your interpretation is portrayed as really evil or amoral with bad behavior). “Wicked Girls Saving Themselves”: Why Fairy Tales Are Ripe for Feminist Retellings By Navah Wolfe Oct 18th, 2016, 11:33 am “You have to break rules if you want to break free. She has a new book out that fits into this category: Poisoned. Please keep in mind that comments are moderated by the guidelines laid out in our comment policy. Cruel Beauty is a Beauty and the Beast retelling with shades of the Thousand and One Nights, in which a girl is betrothed by her father's foolishness to the powerful sorcerer Ignifex, but plans to kill him and destroy the curse laid on her people at the same time. Apparently, Cinderella’s got a twin you’ve never heard of named Tinderella (I suppose still better than Bumble-erella or EHarmony-erella). Yes! This seriously twisted and sometimes bloody fairy tale reminds me of, I couldn't put this one down, and I recommended it to Keren on, A brand new Cinderella retelling! I mentioned it after somehow missing it in your comment. It was excellent! One of my favorite books! I have my theories about why The Princess Bride makes for such a satisfying family movie experience. By Jen Doll. A beautiful, haunting story! Something went wrong. She does an amazing job of creating new characters in the world we know, and creating depth in familiar characters. A beautiful, dark and uncanny story mixing a lot of different fairy tales. I think it is a bit underrated compared to The Lunar Chronicles, which I also loved. I'm intrigued. Told with luminous voices that shimmer with sensuality and truth, these age-old characters shed their antiquated cloaks to travel a seductive new landscape, radiantly transformed.Cinderella forsakes the handsome prince and runs off with the fairy godmother; Beauty discovers the Beast behind the mask is not so very different from the face she sees in the mirror; Snow White is awakened from slumber by the bittersweet fruit of an unnamed desire. We know the story of Noah, moved by divine vision to launch their escape. It isn't until Boy's own daughter, Bird, is born that Boy begins her transformation into a wicked stepmother. Women’s Prize for Fiction winner Shamsie will round off the series with a rewrite of The Ugly Duckling. I’ve recommended this book to several friends! Excellent on audio with a full cast of narrators. I think it’s a perfect addition to this list! I thought the bi representation was fantastic. I rely on you (and all of AS really) to keep me informed about what those crazy…, Well thank you I was not up to date with her life and clearly I was being s bad stan.…, The 200 Best Lesbian, Queer & Bisexual Movies Of All Time, S/He Created Them, Feminist Retellings of Biblical Stories, “The Bold Type” Season Three Brings On the Lesbian Heartbreak, Getting in Bed With Kristin: Living, Laughing, Loving Breathing With Riese and Carol, The ALTERNATIVE Autostraddle Hot 105: Hotties You Will Like Who Also Like Girls, Top 11 Times This Year Pop Culture Reminded Us Kids Are Queer and Trans Too. I really enjoyed it although it was darker and bloodier than I was expecting based on the cover and the blurb. I read it more than a year ago, and it still is with me! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20708810-egg-spoon, Another fantasy set in real-world place with on mythical/fairy tale creatures https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15819028-the-golem-and-the-jinni. I have it on my shelf and have dipped in and out but haven’t yet read it cover to cover. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother. All Out, a collection of queer short stories, has an incredible Robin Hood retelling, as well as a Little Red Riding Hood retelling by Anne Marie McLemore. A princess unwittingly swaps places with a maid and is forced to live as a servant, guarding the geese of the castle. In a story that moves between a brutal magical world and an impoverished real one, Marya comes of age and becomes her seducer's undoing. I’m going to add two Australian fantasy fables that I’ve recently devoured, ‘Flyaway’ by Kathleen Jennings and ‘The Rain Heron’ by Robbie Arnott. And finally, I can’t recommend Goldman’s book The Princess Bride enough! I recommend starting with Every Heart a Doorway, the first book of the Wayward Children series. I’m onto you, Portman, and your plant-based agenda! Or take an armchair vacation to England or New York City with our literary tourism book recommendations. Add to the list EVERYTHING by Gregory Maguire. She reads more books a week than is healthy, and balances this out with copious amounts of TV. © 2020 FemaleFirst Ltd. all rights reserved. And come to think of it, the theater department did do midsummer’s night at the end of that year. 2020 Bustle Digital Group. I recommended it for my book club, and I can’t wait until we discuss it in January. I’m a middle school reading teacher so I thought the juxtaposition of the Beast’s perspective with the original story was so fascinating! Her family does not know her history, but as her granddaughters grow up, she tells them the story of Briar Rose. I haven’t read the book,but people I know who believe in Loki ( as an actual deity) say he is basically ”dark mischievous” and not all fluffy fun like The Mask would have you believe. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she dies, she tells her granddaughter that she is really Briar Rose and encourages her granddaughter to seek the truth in the fairy tale. What’s most exciting about these re-imagined stories is how female characters take center stage, exhibit strength, advocate for themselves, and demonstrate agency over their prescribed plots.