We Still Love Our Fairy Tales

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Fairy tales have been around for centuries. We grow up on stories of princesses and heroes, dragons and witches. They are full of adventure, danger, laughter and, yes, love They are beautiful classics that stand the test of time. So why should we stop enjoying them just because we are no longer children? Who says we have to?

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Sure, the animated princess movies are great, but the live-action ones that have come out over the years? Happy sigh! Even before Disney started remaking Malificent and Cinderella, there have been plenty of retellings. One of my favorites is Ever After. Drew Barrymore did an incredible job as Cinderella. Ella Enchanted is another version of the classic that I love.

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And let’s not forget one of the biggest hits in the last few years. Once Upon A Time has found a way to take nearly every fairy tale ever told and fit it into one (fairly cohesive) plot. Couldn’t manage to fit a character into Storybrooke, Maine? No problem – Once Upon A Time In Wonderland. Yeah, gotta say I never got into that one, overkill effect and all. But you have to give them points for trying.

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Teens are getting their own dose of happily ever after with new renditions like the summer hit, Descendants. Just think, Malificent’s daughter finds true love with Belle’s son. Pretty freakin’ cool concept, if you ask me. I think that movie was playing on our television set at least five out of seven days each week, the first few weeks it was out. I’ve certainly memorized all the songs (not by choice).

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So is it any wonder that those very same classics are finding a whole new life in the book world, as well? Modern retellings. Sexy, sweet, in between. We readers love our happily ever afters.

How amazing would it be then, to buy ONE collection and get FOUR brand new versions of stories we have loved for years. Beauty and the Beast. Goldilocks. Cinderella. Aladdin. All told from an adult perspective, just not exactly as you remember them. Fairy tales set in modern times, but with a twist that makes this telling completely unique. Intrigued?

Here it is, Modern Magic: A Quartet of Fractured Fairytales. With stories by Nancy C. Weeks, Stephanie Cage and Andrea R. Cooper. Available for ereaders everywhere. http://bit.ly/1MxXDO6

Release date November 9, 2015

Release date November 9, 2015

What is your favorite fairy tale? Who did it best? Was it a movie or a book? Leave your answer in the comments below.

About Jennifer DeCuir

I write small town contemporary romance for Crimson Romance. Busy mom of two, I live for (or is it on?) coffee and chocolate.
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8 Responses to We Still Love Our Fairy Tales

  1. Liv says:

    I feel like such a loser because the only one of the movies you mention that I’ve seen was Snow White and the Huntsman – where I thought the Huntsman was the best part of the show. Seems like I need to do some work to get my fairy tale on…

    😉

  2. Kathleen Shaputis says:

    Great blog! It’s fun to see the various tentacles of how fairy tales have altered and expanded over the years. Descendents was such a marvelously cute movie idea, too. My favorite will always be the Disney Sleeping Beauty. I wanted to grow up to be a hermit in the woods to write forever, and the idea of having three fairy godmothers keeping me feed and cared for was the icing of my daydreams. I did finally get my forest, but my life is overcrowded with family members, lol.

  3. I have seen most of these, but missed a few. My favourite film fairy tale spin-off is Sondheim’s ‘Into the Woods’. I *really* want to see the stage version – bet it’s amazing.
    My favourite book (apart from ‘Modern Magic’, obviously) is my friend Imogen Howson’s sci-fi version of Rapunzel, ‘Falling’.

    • One of the photos I snagged for this post was the movie poster for Into The Woods. I just couldn’t find a good spot for it. lol
      Sci-fi Rapunzel, huh? I’m going to have to look into that one. 😀

  4. joanna lloyd says:

    I love all the modernised fairy tales that put a realistic spin on the characters and events. I agree that “Into the Woods” was fabulous. Great to see the quartet of fractured fairy tales. Can’t wait to read it!

  5. Andrea says:

    I love Ever After and can’t wait for Descendants-2.

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