I like fairy tales because I like the phrases Once upon a time and Happily ever after and what they mean. I like happy endings because I want to feel good after reading a book. This is one of the reasons why I like fairy tale retellings. I also like retellings because it’s always interesting how an authors come up with a new story woven around the basic premise of old fairy tales.
My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast. I’ve read a couple of retellings of this tale such as:
Beauty by Robin McKinley
Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey
Beast by Donna Jo Napoli
I also have Beastly by Alex Finn in my wish list. Beauty is my favorite out of all these books.
In my quest to find more retellings of Beauty and the Beast, I came to realize that there are other stories that are similar to this tale such as Cupid and Psyche’s story in Greek mythology and the Norweigan fairy tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon, which in turn, have their own retellings. Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis for Cupid and Psyche and the following for East of the Sun and West of the Moon:
East by Edith Pattou
Ice by Sarah Beth Durst
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
I don’t have a copy of the last one so I haven’t read it. But I just finished reading Ice, which is the reason why I’m writing this post. If there are other retellings out there, please let me know.
Speaking of Once upon a time, here’s a nice quote that I got from Godreads:
“We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of do’s and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.” — Philip Pullman