Welcome 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:
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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