Friday Fives | Fairytale Retellings on my TBR

Posted June 11, 2021 by TheNonbinaryLibrarian in friday fives / 2 Comments

I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to #FridayFives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

I love a good fairytale. But even better than a fairytale is a fairytale that has been retold and updated. Changing the gender or making them more diverse in their telling. Having the princess save herself. I’m here for it all!

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”


A reimagining of the fairytale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses as flappers during the Roaring Twenties in Manhattan. I’m obsessed with the 20s (yes, I romanticize it, and I recognize this), and I’m fascinated to see how this plays out.


Fall in love, break the curse.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.


To be upfront, I’m not a fan of Romeo and Juliet. I think it’s overdone, especially when there are more tragedies to choose from. With that out of the way, I am very much interested in reading of this Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, with rival gangs and a monster in the depts of the Huangpu River.


A princess isn’t supposed to fall for an evil sorceress. But in this darkly magical retelling of Sleeping Beauty, true love is more than a simple fairytale.

Not only do I love retellings, but I love books where the main POV or narrator are the villain. Villains are so much more fun to read (and write) than the good guys. (I actually finished this one earlier this week).


Happy Reading Darlings!

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2 responses to “Friday Fives | Fairytale Retellings on my TBR

  1. I love retellings! One of my all time favorites that I’ve read a bunch (and was my first foray into retellings) was Beauty by Robin McKinley, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, though it wasn’t modern, just her take on the story. I haven’t read it in years. I think she even redid it again a few years later. She did several, even a take on Robin Hood (I think it’s called Sherwood?). She’s pretty great. I’ll have to add a couple of these to my list.

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