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The Best Retellings of Fairy Tales

There have been several reimagining’s of fairy tales over the years; some of them are better than others. Here are some of the better ones to come out:

  1. Grimm: This show aired on NBC 2011-2017. The show was about a police detective in Portland, who comes from a long line of people known as “Grimms.” These people can see creatures known as Wessen, of which there are many different kinds. The Wessen live among normal humans, but some of them are dangerous, harming the people that are around them. The Grimm hunt the Wessen, sometimes not differentiating between those who are safe, and those who are dangerous. Normally, when the Wessen are hunted, they are killed. Each of the episode of the show is based on a different fairy tale (mostly those that were written down by the Grimm Brothers). There is a larger story that over-arches through the show and mystery as to the alliances of certain characters. You can stream the complete series on Amazon Prime; it is free with a Prime membership.
  2. The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C Hines: There are four books in this series, and the main characters are Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. The books center around the stories of Cinderella, the Little Mermaid, Red Riding Hood, and the Snow Queen. There are elements to the series that carry over between the books, but each one has its own story that is resolved by the end of the book. They are all well-written and will keep you entertained throughout. I recommend this series to anyone who is looking for something to read. The books are available on Amazon.
  3. Beastly: This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast but gives it a more modern twist. The “beauty” in this version feels much less like she has Stockholm Syndrome. Instead of being cursed to look like a horned lion creature, the “beast” has markings (that appear like tribal tattoos) on his body. Not much of a horrible transformation, but it was enough to keep the character locked away, and he is only seen by few characters after his transformation (one of them being the open that eventually falls in love with him).
  4. Ever After: This is probably the better version of Cinderella that there is, and it stars Brew Barrymore. Drew stars as Cinderella, and instead of only encouraging the prince at the ball, she has several encounters with him through the movie (making the idea of them falling in love much more believable). The Evil Step-Mother also is much more inclined to make sure that Cinderella suffers; she does not keep Cinderella working all day and night in this version. Instead, the step-mother essentially sells her off to someone else, turning her into a slave for another person (until she saves herself).

What retellings of fairy tales do you enjoy and recommend to other people?

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