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