Alternate Reality Giveaway: Fairytale Retellings

Alternate Reality GiveawayWelcome to the third discussion post for Veronica’s and my giveaway extravaganza! Today I’ll be discussing fairy tales and the trend that I’ve been seeing lately of adapting these tales to darker YA books.

There are three books that I’ll use as my examples today:

Splintered is a retelling of the Alice In Wonderland stories, Cruel Beauty a remix of Beauty and the Beast, and Scarlet a sci-fi infused Red Riding Hood.

Why I Love This Trend

First of all, I know it’s been around for forever, taking all the old fairytales and turning them into updated stories, but it seems to me that there’s been a bigger wave of these kinds of stories coming around in the YA sphere lately, especially with the release of Cress. I’m not a huge fan of the original tales, for whatever reason (I haven’t actually sat down and thought out a reason), but when the basic themes and plot points are turned into science fiction and heavy fantasy, then I’m hooked!

While I haven’t read as many of these types of stories as I’d like, what I have experienced of the trend is fantastic. Especially Scarlet (which is a favorite of mine), and how Red Riding Hood as a character was changed from a quiet girl into this badass chick who doesn’t take any fooling around – her main goal is to save her grandma, no matter the consequences.

I think that’s what this trend comes down to for me, now that I think about it. All of these old tales, which I love – don’t get me wrong, can tend to be a bit sexist. I mean, not every girl is a damsel in distress, right? Some are – which is why I’m really excited to read Cress and see the title character, who everyone says isn’t as bold as the two other protagonists, but is still a strong female character.

I love seeing all these different facets of women, and how they can be bold and courageous and kickass, but are still able to fall in love, be feminine, and, well, be a girl without being put into the submissive position. I think it’s something very important to represent in YA lit, and as far as I’m concerned, this trend can stay as long as it wants!

Spotlight on Cruel Beauty

As part of our giveaway, Veronica and I are offering one ARC copy of Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge to our grand prize winner. Here’s some more information on the book – take a look!

Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

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12 thoughts on “Alternate Reality Giveaway: Fairytale Retellings

  1. I’ve not heard of Cruel Beauty before but it sounds interesting.
    I like the modernization of fairytales. I think they tell a lot about society at the time. Like with The Lunar Chronicles – we’re all about female empowerment and not having any limitations based on our genders whereas another retelling of these same stories in a different time would tell us something quite different.

    • Cruel Beauty is supposed to have what you’re talking about – an empowering female lead.

      And you’re exactly right; that’s the specific reason I love the Lunar Chronicles. We get all the old fairy tales, with a moral and theme that can apply to today.

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  6. I’m a big fan of the fairy tale retelling. I think there’s something very interesting in seeing how an author deals with the core story but brings new elements to it. Plus there’s something comforting about, well I kind of know this story but it’s still going to surprise me πŸ™‚

  7. I agree with what you said about the YA retellings of fantasy making the MCs a little more badass than they may have been in the original story – yet another evidence to our perfect marriage ❀
    I've always loved fairytales. I mean, I watched those darn Disney classics 1000000 times as a child. And that's one of the reasons that I find these new retellings so amazing! I get to revisit my favourite storylines but with new characters, and settings, and (sometimes) a more intricate plot. HURRAH. My love for the stories is furthered. Like you, I love seeing how many are being released, and am definitely a fan of the trend. πŸ˜€

    • Disney is the greatest thing that happened to me, and probably the reason for my imagination and tendency towards breaking into song xD

      I also love how the trend is taking that darker aspect like from the old Grimm tales – it’s not all butterflies and happy ending!

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