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Friday Spotlight:

on May 25, 2012

Fairy Tales are everywhere lately! The TV shows Grimm and Once Upon a Time were both just renewed for a second season and there are not one, but TWO adaptations of Snow White coming to theaters this summer (Snow White and the Huntsmen starring Kristen Stewart actually opens in just one week–to see it or not to see it…hmmmmm).

Retelling fairy tales is definitely not a new practice…check out some of these fairy tale twists:


Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman New York high school student Elizabeth gets an after-school job as a page at the “New-York Circulating Material Repository,” and when she gains coveted access to its Grimm Collection of magical objects, she and the other pages are drawn into a series of frightening adventures involving mythical creatures and stolen goods.

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce After a Fenris, or werewolf, killed their grandmother and almost killed them, sisters Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the beasts that prey on teenaged girls, learning how to lure them with red cloaks and occasionally using the help of their old friend, Silas, the woodsman’s son.

Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love by Chris Roberson In this graphic novel retelling, supernatural artifacts from the Homelands begin surfacing in the modern world, and it falls to Cinderella, Fabletown’s best kept (and best dressed) secret agent to stop the illegal trafficking. But can Cindy foil the dark plot before Fabletown and its hidden, exiled inhabitants are exposed once and for all? And how does her long lost Fairy Godmother factor into the equation?

Belle: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Cameron Dokey
Belle is convinced she has the wrong name, as she lacks her sisters’ awe-inspiring beauty. So she withdraws from society, devoting her time to wood carving. Secretly, Belle longs to find the fabled Heartwood Tree. If carved by the right hands, the Heartwood will reveal the face of one’s true love. When Belle’s father stumbles upon the mysterious Heartwood — he encounters a terrifying and lonely Beast. Now Belle must carve the Heartwood to save her father, and learn to see not with the eyes of her mind, but with the eyes of her heart.

Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley The infant princess Briar Rose is cursed on her name day by Pernicia, an evil fairy, and then whisked away by a young fairy to be raised in a remote part of a magical country, unaware of her real identity and hidden from Pernicia’s vengeful powers.

Castle Waiting by Linda MedleyThis graphic novel tells the story of an isolated, abandoned castle, and the eccentric inhabitants who bring it back to life. A fable for modern times, Castle Waiting is a fairy tale that’s not about rescuing the princess, saving the kingdom, or fighting the ultimate war between Good and Evil — but about being a hero in your own home.

Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhem GrimmSometimes, it’s just good to read the originals…many of which are so much darker than the versions you may be used to!

What is your favorite fairy tale? Would you like to see it in as a movie? Leave a comment and let us know!

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One response to “Friday Spotlight:

  1. Jing says:

    “Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhem GrimmSometimes, it’s just good to read the originals…many of which are so much darker than the versions you may be used to!” Indeed. 🙂 I’m waiting for Hollywood to maybe make a movie out of “the Juniper Tree” since its my fav of the Brothers Grimm. However I doubt it, since it is such a sad and gruesome story. ;(

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