Sunday, January 15, 2017

3 Books That Blend Well-Known Fairy Tales

Today we enter my realm, O reader.  Fairy Tales.  Red Riding Hood, Peter Pan, Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks, Alice in Wonderland, Rapunzel.  There's something about fairy tales that I.  Just.  Love.  Maybe it's the magic often involved, or maybe it's the magical creatures, or maybe it's the magical feel I get - the blissful fantasy of it all that makes me want to float away into the endless blue sky... and hopefully stumble across Neverland. Maybe it's the outright weirdness of fairy tales that intrigue me.  But the novel I'm currently working on (and also planning the the sequel of) is a twist on "the fairy tales you thought you knew."  Which goes to show how much I love fractured fairy tales as well. Who else has noticed how popular it's getting to create a new story based upon the classics we grew up reading about?  It's kind of like getting back in touch with childhood friends.  Friends, usually, who have changed so much you can barely recognize them, that is.

But anyway, if I was going to list all the fractured fairy tales I've heard about, it would be an extremely long list.  So instead, I have three books for you that not only twist one fairy tale, but several of them.  They're quite magical.  They're quite wonderful.  And they're best if read on a rainy day, under a fuzzy blanket, with a cup of coffee.

"The Wishing Spell" by Chris Colfer

Alex and Conner Bailey are twin brother and sister, their personalities as different as their looks are similar.  When their grandmother comes to visit and gives them a very special book of fairy tales called The Land of Stories, they end up traveling through the book into the fairy tale world.  In order to get back home, they must embark on a scavenger hunt for a series of unusual objects scattered throughout the kingdoms of this magical world.  But with every object they set out to find, there are plenty of troubles waiting for them.  The way the author twisted the characters is especially commendable!

"The Fairy Tale Detectives" by Michael Buckley

Since their parents disappeared, Sabrina and Daphne Grimm have bounced from foster home to foster home, leading Sabrina to master the art of sneakiness - they have run away from every guardian. But when placed in the care of the grandma they didn't know existed, they arrive at a strange town called Ferryport Landing.  Here Prince Charming is mayor, a mischievous fairy boy named Puck rules the woods as Trickster King, and some surprising discoveries await about their vanished mother and father.


"Flunked" by Jen Calonita

Formerly wicked, Cinderella's stepmother Flora has founded the Fairy Tale Reform School.  Its purpose: to transform all Enchantasia's juvenile delinquents into honorable, law-keeping citizens.  Gilly, a petty thief, should have known she'd end up in Fairy Tale Reform School - seriously, though, it was a hair clip that drew the line!  As soon as she steps foot in the school, her only wish is to leave.  Until she meets Jax and Kayla, that is.  Soon she learns that there are secrets within the walls of the magical school, mysteries that lead Gilly to wonder... Can a villain really change?

3 comments:

  1. Oh, I remember reading the sisters Grimm. It was pretty good from what I remember. Anyway, just thought I would drop in and say that, and good post!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! Sorry I didn't see this sooner, but I honestly hadn't been expecting comments... We beginning bloggers are in our own world for a while, aren't we?
      Ah, Sisters Grimm. It was the series that first opened me up to fairy tale twists! If you remember it as good, you remember it right! ;)
      Appreciate you dropping in!

      Delete
  2. Ah, yes. The bloggers in our own world problem. It almost feels as if we talk to ourselves when we blog doesn't it?

    Anyway, thanks for replying. Not every blogger does that nowadays so I appreciate it.

    ReplyDelete

Hi, there! I'm always beyond thrilled to receive little messages, so leave one and I'll reply! Then we can be friends :) But. Leave an intentionally offensive or inappropriate comment, and I'm going to have to delete it.

That being said, I can hardly WAIT to hear from you!