Oct 09

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Grimms’ Fairy Tales is 200 years old, and for our 200th episode, we talk about books influenced by the Brothers Grimm. Oh, and bloopers, too.

It’s our 200th episode! Thank you to all who have been with us from the beginning, and those of you who are more recent listeners.

To commemorate, we found a 200-year-old book that is worth talking about.

December 20, 1812 marked the publication of the first edition of Grimms’ Fairy Tales.

With so many television shows and movies based on fairy tales, it strikes us that the Brothers Grimm probably don’t get the credit they deserve. The cultural influence that these fairy tales have is immense. We talk about several books that are derived from fairy tales:

What are some books inspired by fairy tales that you’ve enjoyed? Please let us know in the comments — we’d love to have a great list available.

Lastly, in honor of our 200 episode, we have a short selection of bloopers. Have a few laughs at our expense — we do all the time!

Thanks again for listening, everyone!

  • Stan Hynds

    Congrats on your bi-pod-ennial. Four more years!

  • Carol Kubala

    Here are two lists from contributions by the members of Fiction_L.,an electronic list for library staff devoted to readers advisory topics. The first is compiled in 2002 by Lisa Davis-Craig, of Canton Public Library District, from Fairy Tales for Adults The second (2009) came when I asked for suggestions for a display titled Fairy Tales for Grown-ups and may contain duplications of the first list. Tender Morsels Lanagan, Margo Lion among men Maguire, Gregory Mirror, Mirror Maguire, Gregory Son of a witch Maguire, Gregory Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West : a novel Maguire, Gregory Princess Ben : being a wholly truthful account of her various discoveries and misadventures, recounted to the best of her recollection, in four parts Murdock, Catherine Ogre’s tale Parks, Richard Stardust Neil Gaiman Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister Maguire, Gregory Bloody Chamber Carter, Angela Transformations Sexton, Anne Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears Datlow, Ellen Black Swan, White Raven Datlow, Ellen Black Thorn, White Rose Datlow, Ellen Beauty Tepper, Sheri ENCHANTED by Orson Scott Card Spindles End by Robin McKinley Briar Rose by Jane Yolen (might be in teen) Fables by Bill Willingham (this is a graphic novel series) The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde The 500 Kingdoms series by Mercedes Lackey has an entire universe based on fairy tales. Fairy Godmother One Good Knight Fortune’s Fool Snow Queen Burning Your Boats: The Collected Short Stories by Angela Carter King Rat by China Mieville The Mysteries by Lisa Tuttle In the Night Garden and In the Cities of Coin and Spice by M. Catherynne Valente Shadowbridge and Lord Tophet by Gregory Frost Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier Firebird by Rodrigo Garcia y Robertson Fairy Tale Anthologies (with Ellen Datlow) 1. Snow White, Blood Red (1992) 3. Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears (1995) 4. Black Swan, White Raven (1997) 5. Silver Birch, Blood Moon (1999) 6. Black Heart, Ivory Bones (2000) Snow White, Blood RedRuby Slippers, Golden TearsBlack Swan, White RavenSilver Birch, Blood Moon Black Heart, Ivory Bones Fairy Tales Retold (with Ellen Datlow) A Wolf At the Door (2000) Swan Sister (2003) A Wolf At the DoorSwan Sister Robin McKinley. Beauty, a retelling of the story of Beauty and the Beast. Spindle’s End. (Sleeping Beauty) Binnie Syril. Out of the Darkness (Beauty and the Beast) Mary Jo Putney. “The Black Beast of Belle Terre.” in Christmas Revels (novella. Beauty and the Beast) Elemental Masters 1. The Serpent’s Shadow (2001) 2. The Gates of Sleep (2002) (Sleeping Beauty) 3. Phoenix and Ashes (2004) (Cinderella) 4. The Wizard of London (2005) (Snow Queen) 5. Reserved for the Cat (2007) (Puss in Boots) Winter Rose, by Patricia McKillip Never After, by Rebecca Lickiss Tam Lin, by Pamela Dean Thomas the Rhymer, by Ellen Kushner Tanith Lee 2 story collections: Red As Blood and White As Snow Charles De Lint Jack The Giant Killer Kara Dalkey The Nightingale Patricia Wrede Snow White And Rose Red Steven Brust The Sun, The Moon And The Stars Pamela Dean Tam Lin (I think You already have this) Kim Wilkins Veil Of Gold Gregory Frost Fitcher’s Brides Dennis L. McKiernan’s Faery Series Once upon a winter’s night (2001) Once upon a summer day (2005) Once upon an autumn eve (2006) Once upon a sprint morn (2006) Once upon a dreadful time (2007)

  • Carol Kubala

    Here are two lists from contributions by the members of Fiction_L.,an electronic list for library staff devoted to readers advisory topics. The first is compiled in 2002 by Lisa Davis-Craig, of Canton Public Library District, from Fairy Tales for Adults The second (2009) came when I asked for suggestions for a display titled Fairy Tales for Grown-ups and may contain duplications of the first list.
    Here are two lists from contributions by the members of Fiction_L.,an electronic list for library staff devoted to readers advisory topics. The first is compiled in 2002 by Lisa Davis-Craig, of Canton Public Library District, from Fairy Tales for Adults
    The second (2009) came when I asked for suggestions for a display titled Fairy Tales for Grown-ups and may contain duplications of the first list.
    Asaro, Catherine Quantum Rose (Beauty and the beast)
    Atwood, Margaret Good Bones and Simple Murders, The Robber Bride (Robber Bridegroom)
    Beagle, Peter S. : The Last Unicorn
    Block, Francesca Lia : The Rose and the Beast
    Brust, Steven : The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars
    Byatt, A.S. : The Djinn in the nightingale’s eye (Genie in the Lamp)
    Card, Orson Scott : Enchantment (Sleeping Beauty).
    Carter, Angela : Burning your boats (Mature); The bloody chamber (erotic retellings); Company of wolves
    Cooper, Susan : Dark is Rising series (Arthur) : The Dark is Rising; The Grey King, Silver on the Tree
    Coover, Robert Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty)
    Cott, Jonathan : Beyond the Looking Glass: Extraordinary Works of Fairy Tale & Fantasy (collection)
    Dalkey, Kara : The Nightingale; Little Sister and sequel Heavenward Path (Japanese myth)
    Datlow, Ellen & T. Windling, eds. : Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (annual series) ; Snow White, Blood Red ; Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears; Black Heart, Ivory Bones (and many other titles in this series).
    Dean, Pamela : Tam Lin (fairy court)
    DeLint, Charles: Jack of Kinrowan (originally Jack the Giant Killer and sequel Drink Down the Moon) ; Greenmantle ; “Our Lady of the Harbor” (Little Mermaid) (story) ; Someplace to Be Flying (Native American animal spirits)
    De Vos, Gail and Altmann, Anna : New Tales for Old (8 Grimms’ tales) ; Tales, Then and Now (various)
    Donoghue, Emma : Kissing the Witch : Old Tales in New Skins
    Eickhoff, Randy Lee : (Ulster Cycle: Irish epics) The Raid (Tain bo Cuailnge); The Sorrows (Deidre) ; The Feast (Fled Bricriu) ; Destruction of the Inn, The (Irish epic myth)
    Fairy Tales for feminists series by Attic Press: Sweeping Beauties; Mad and bad fairies; Rapunzel’s revenge; Ride on Rapunzel; Cinderella on the ball; Alice in Thunderland
    Fletcher, Susan : Shadow Spinner (Arabian Nights)
    Gaiman, Neil : Stardust (fairy/human baby); Neverwhere; American gods
    Galloway, Priscilla : Truly Grim Tales (Grimm) ; Snake Dreamer (Medusa)
    Gellis, Roberta : (Greek & Roman myths): Shimmering Splendor (Cupid and Psyche) ; Dazzling Brightness (Hades/Persephone story) ; Bull God (Minotaur)
    Geras, Adele : Watching the Roses (Sleeping Beauty) ; The Tower Room (Rapunzel in a girls’ school)
    Goldman, William : The Princess Bride
    Goldstein, Lisa : Strange Devices of the Sun and Moon (Arthur)
    Grass, Gunter The Flounder (The Fisherman and his Wife)
    Haddix, Margaret Peterson : Just Ella (Cinderella after the Ball)
    Herbert, James Once (Modern fairy tale)
    Hoffman, Alice : Aquamarine (Little Mermaid)
    Holmes, Kate Wild Swans (Sister and Swan Brothers)
    Hooper, Kay What Dreams May Come
    Jones, Diana Wynne : Fire and Hemlock (Tam Lin) ; Dogsbody (Sirius / Greek mythology)
    Jones, Linda Debuty and the Beast; Someone’s been Sleeping in my Bed (Goldilocks); Big Bad Wolf; Cinderfella; Jackie and the Giant
    Kaye, M.M. : The Ordinary Princess
    Kerr, Peg : The Wild Swans (updated to NYC/gay culture)
    Kindl, Patricia : Goose Chase (Goose Girl)
    Kushner, Ellen Thomas the Rhymer
    Lackey, Mercedes Fire Rose (Beauty and the Beast); Firebird (Russian fairy tale Firebird); Serpent’s Shadow (Snow White); Gates of Sleep (Sleeping Beauty)
    Lee, Tanith : Red as Blood : Tales from the Sisters Grimmer ; White as Snow
    Levine, Gail Carson : Ella Enchanted (Cinderella) ; The Princess Tales : The Princess Test ; The Fairy’s Mistake ; Cinderellis and the Glass Hill ; Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep
    Lewis, C.S. : Till We Have Faces (Cupid and Psyche)
    Lickiss, Rebecca Never After (Sleeping Beauty and other tales)
    Maguire, Gregory : Confessions of an Ugly StepSister (Cinderella) ; Wicked (Oz : Wicked Witch of the West)
    Marillier, Juliet : Sevenwaters Trilogy (Celtic myth) : Daughter of the Forest ; Son of the Shadows ; and Child of the Prophecy
    Martin, George RR The Ice Dragon
    McCarthy, Wil ed. Once upon a Galaxy (science fiction versions)
    McKillip, Patricia : Winter Rose (Tam Lin/Thomas the Rhymer) , Tower at Stony Wood (ladies / towers / knights; selkie)
    McKiernan, Dennis Once upon a Winter’s Night (East of the Sun, West of the Moon)
    McKinley, Robin : Deerskin (Perrault’s Donkeyskin) ; Beauty (Beauty & the Beast) ; Rose Daughter (Beauty & the Beast) ; Spindle’s End (Sleeping Beauty) ; The Blue Sword (various) ; Hero and the Crown (various); Outlaws of Sherwood (Robin Hood) ; collections: The Door in the Hedge ; A Knot in the Grain
    McLaren, Clemence : Greek mythology: Aphrodite’s Blessing (Atalanta, Andromeda, Psyche) ; Waiting for Odysseus ; Inside the Walls of Troy
    Napoli, Donna Jo : The Magic Circle (Hansel & Gretel) ; Crazy Jack (Jack in the Beanstalk) ; Beast (Beauty and the Beast) ; Sirena (Siren, Odysseus myth) ; Zel (Rapunzel) ; Spinners (Rumpelstiltskin) ; Prince of the Pond and sequel, Jimmy the Pickpocket of the Palace (Frog Prince)
    Nelson, Gertrude Mueller : Here All Dwell Free
    Orgel, Doris : The Princess and the God (Cupid & Psyche) ; Ariadne, Awaken (Greek mythology)
    Pullman, Philip : I Was a Rat (Cinderella? as an 8 yo boy) ; His Dark Materials Series: Golden Compass, Amber Spyglass, Subtle Knife
    Renault, Mary : Bull from the Sea (Europa) ; The King Must Die (Theseus)
    Rhys, Jean : Sleep It Off, Lady (o/o print)
    Richardson, Bill : After Hamelin
    Ritter, Margaret : Simon Says
    Scarborough, Elizabeth Ann The Godmother (Fairy tale characters in modern Seattle); Godmother’s apprentice; Godmother’s web
    Schmidt, Gary D. : Straw into gold (Rumpelstiltskin)
    Springer, Nancy Fair Peril (frog prince)
    Stewart, Sean Nobody’s Son (what happens after the hero rescues the princess and marries her)
    Strauss, Gwen : Trail of Stones (poetry)
    Sutcliff, Rosemary: Tristan and Iseult
    Swanick, Michael The Iron Dragon’s Daughter
    Synge, Ursula Swan’s Wing
    Tepper, Sheri S. : Beauty ; (various tales); Plague of angels (strong fairy tale elements); Family tree (strong fairy tale elements)
    Thomson, Sarah : The Dragon’s Son (King Arthur/Camelot)
    Townley, Roderick : The Great Good Thing
    Valenzuela, Luisa : Symmetries
    Vande Veldt, Vivian : The Rumplestiltskin Problem ; Tales From the Brothers Grimm and Sisters Weird
    Voight, Cynthia : Orfe (Orpheus & Euridyce)
    Walker, Barbara G: Feminist fairy tales (Mature)
    Wilson, Susan Beauty (Beauty and the beast)
    Windling, Terri : A Wolf at the Door (younger) ; The Armless Maiden(Child abuse/Fairy tales) (Mature) (Windling’s – former? – The Fairy Tale series for older teens includes: Yolen’s Briar Rose, Dean’s Tam Lin, Lee’s White as Snow, Wrede’s Snow White & Rose Red)
    Wrede, Patricia C. : Enchanted Forest Chronicles (unusual princess) : (Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, Talking to Dragons) ; Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia Wrede (also originally included de Lint’s Jack the Giant Killer and Dean’s Tam Lin)
    Jones, Diana Wynne Dark Lord of Derkholm and Year of the Griffin (fairy tale elements); Fire and Hemlock (Thomas the Rhymer)
    Yolen, Jane : Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty / Holocaust)
    Zelazny, Roger Bring me the head of Prince Charming
    Zipes, Jack David: (history/criticism/collections):Victorian Fairy Tales: The Revolt of the Fairies and Elves ; Don’t Bet on the Prince ; Trials and Tribulations of Little Red Riding Hood ; When Dreams Come True
    2009 list…
    Tender Morsels Lanagan, Margo
    Lion among men Maguire, Gregory
    Mirror, Mirror Maguire, Gregory
    Son of a witch Maguire, Gregory
    Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
    : a novel
    Maguire, Gregory
    Princess Ben : being a wholly truthful account of her
    various discoveries and misadventures, recounted to the best
    of her recollection, in four parts
    Murdock, Catherine Ogre’s tale Parks, Richard
    Stardust Neil Gaiman
    Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister Maguire, Gregory
    Bloody Chamber Carter, Angela
    Transformations Sexton, Anne
    Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears Datlow, Ellen
    Black Swan, White Raven Datlow, Ellen
    Black Thorn, White Rose Datlow, Ellen
    Beauty Tepper, Sheri
    ENCHANTED by Orson Scott Card
    Spindles End by Robin McKinley
    Briar Rose by Jane Yolen (might be in teen)
    Fables by Bill Willingham (this is a graphic novel series)
    The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde

    The 500 Kingdoms series by Mercedes Lackey has an entire universe based on fairy tales.
    Fairy Godmother
    One Good Knight
    Fortune’s Fool
    Snow Queen

    Burning Your Boats: The Collected Short Stories by Angela Carter
    King Rat by China Mieville
    The Mysteries by Lisa Tuttle
    In the Night Garden and In the Cities of Coin and Spice by M.
    Catherynne Valente
    Shadowbridge and Lord Tophet by Gregory Frost
    Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
    Firebird by Rodrigo Garcia y Robertson

    Fairy Tale Anthologies (with Ellen Datlow)
    1. Snow White, Blood Red (1992)
    3. Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears (1995)
    4. Black Swan, White Raven (1997)
    5. Silver Birch, Blood Moon (1999)
    6. Black Heart, Ivory Bones (2000)
    Snow White, Blood RedRuby Slippers, Golden TearsBlack Swan, White
    RavenSilver Birch, Blood Moon
    Black Heart, Ivory Bones

    Fairy Tales Retold (with Ellen Datlow)
    A Wolf At the Door (2000)
    Swan Sister (2003)
    A Wolf At the DoorSwan Sister

    Robin McKinley. Beauty, a retelling of the story of Beauty and the Beast.
    Spindle’s End. (Sleeping Beauty)
    Binnie Syril. Out of the Darkness (Beauty and the Beast)

    Mary Jo Putney. “The Black Beast of Belle Terre.” in Christmas Revels
    (novella. Beauty and the Beast)

    Elemental Masters
    1. The Serpent’s Shadow (2001)
    2. The Gates of Sleep (2002) (Sleeping Beauty)
    3. Phoenix and Ashes (2004) (Cinderella)
    4. The Wizard of London (2005) (Snow Queen)
    5. Reserved for the Cat (2007) (Puss in Boots)

    Winter Rose, by Patricia McKillip
    Never After, by Rebecca Lickiss
    Tam Lin, by Pamela Dean
    Thomas the Rhymer, by Ellen Kushner

    Tanith Lee 2 story collections: Red As Blood and White As Snow
    Charles De Lint Jack The Giant Killer
    Kara Dalkey The Nightingale
    Patricia Wrede Snow White And Rose Red
    Steven Brust The Sun, The Moon And The Stars
    Pamela Dean Tam Lin (I think You already have this)
    Kim Wilkins Veil Of Gold
    Gregory Frost Fitcher’s Brides

    Dennis L. McKiernan’s Faery Series
    Once upon a winter’s night (2001)
    Once upon a summer day (2005)
    Once upon an autumn eve (2006)
    Once upon a sprint morn (2006)
    Once upon a dreadful time (2007)
    Tender Morsels Lanagan, Margo
    Lion among men Maguire, Gregory
    Mirror, Mirror Maguire, Gregory
    Son of a witch Maguire, Gregory
    Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
    : a novel
    Maguire, Gregory
    Princess Ben : being a wholly truthful account of her
    various discoveries and misadventures, recounted to the best
    of her recollection, in four parts
    Murdock, Catherine Ogre’s tale Parks, Richard
    Stardust Neil Gaiman
    Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister Maguire, Gregory
    Bloody Chamber Carter, Angela
    Transformations Sexton, Anne
    Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears Datlow, Ellen
    Black Swan, White Raven Datlow, Ellen
    Black Thorn, White Rose Datlow, Ellen
    Beauty Tepper, Sheri
    ENCHANTED by Orson Scott Card
    Spindles End by Robin McKinley
    Briar Rose by Jane Yolen (might be in teen)
    Fables by Bill Willingham (this is a graphic novel series)
    The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde

    The 500 Kingdoms series by Mercedes Lackey has an entire universe based on fairy tales.
    Fairy Godmother
    One Good Knight
    Fortune’s Fool
    Snow Queen

    Burning Your Boats: The Collected Short Stories by Angela Carter
    King Rat by China Mieville
    The Mysteries by Lisa Tuttle
    In the Night Garden and In the Cities of Coin and Spice by M.
    Catherynne Valente
    Shadowbridge and Lord Tophet by Gregory Frost
    Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
    Firebird by Rodrigo Garcia y Robertson

    Fairy Tale Anthologies (with Ellen Datlow)
    1. Snow White, Blood Red (1992)
    3. Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears (1995)
    4. Black Swan, White Raven (1997)
    5. Silver Birch, Blood Moon (1999)
    6. Black Heart, Ivory Bones (2000)
    Snow White, Blood RedRuby Slippers, Golden TearsBlack Swan, White
    RavenSilver Birch, Blood Moon
    Black Heart, Ivory Bones

    Fairy Tales Retold (with Ellen Datlow)
    A Wolf At the Door (2000)
    Swan Sister (2003)
    A Wolf At the DoorSwan Sister

    Robin McKinley. Beauty, a retelling of the story of Beauty and the Beast.
    Spindle’s End. (Sleeping Beauty)
    Binnie Syril. Out of the Darkness (Beauty and the Beast)

    Mary Jo Putney. “The Black Beast of Belle Terre.” in Christmas Revels
    (novella. Beauty and the Beast)

    Elemental Masters
    1. The Serpent’s Shadow (2001)
    2. The Gates of Sleep (2002) (Sleeping Beauty)
    3. Phoenix and Ashes (2004) (Cinderella)
    4. The Wizard of London (2005) (Snow Queen)
    5. Reserved for the Cat (2007) (Puss in Boots)

    Winter Rose, by Patricia McKillip
    Never After, by Rebecca Lickiss
    Tam Lin, by Pamela Dean
    Thomas the Rhymer, by Ellen Kushner

    Tanith Lee 2 story collections: Red As Blood and White As Snow
    Charles De Lint Jack The Giant Killer
    Kara Dalkey The Nightingale
    Patricia Wrede Snow White And Rose Red
    Steven Brust The Sun, The Moon And The Stars
    Pamela Dean Tam Lin (I think You already have this)
    Kim Wilkins Veil Of Gold
    Gregory Frost Fitcher’s Brides

    Dennis L. McKiernan’s Faery Series
    Once upon a winter’s night (2001)
    Once upon a summer day (2005)
    Once upon an autumn eve (2006)
    Once upon a sprint morn (2006)
    Once upon a dreadful time (2007)

  • Lindy Pratch

    Snake Ropes by Jess Richards, The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, and Mr Fox by Helen Oyeyemi are three recent novels that play with fairy tales. I’ve reviewed them at Lindy Reads. http://lindypratch.blogspot.ca/

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations on your anniversary. May many many more episodes be ours to await.

  • Vanessa

    Ann and Michael,

    Many hearty congratulations on your incredible success with BOTNS! You’ve both enriched my life as well as those of countless others more than you can possible know. You deserve the key to the city of Booklandia! I can’t even imagine how much work goes into this podcast and the discipline it must take to meet every week without fail. I am astounded at your effort. Seriously, bravo. Bravo.

    So, I am absolutely THRILLED with this week’s topic since I’ve been on a complete fairy tale kick as of late. One of my favorite genres of fiction is classic fairy tales and re-imagined fairy tales from more modern authors. That said, I am thrilled you have mentioned The Book of Lost Things. Honestly, it is probably one of my top FIVE favorite books of all time. Yep, I said it and I mean it. It is very dark, but also comical, touching and spectacularly creative. This quotation from the beginning of the book sealed my love for John Connolly forever:

    “Stories come alive in the telling. Without a human voice to read them aloud, or a pair of wide eyes following them by flashlight beneath a blanket, they had no existence in our world. They were like seeds in the beak of a bird, waiting to fall to earth. Or the notes of a song laid out on a sheet, yearning for an instrument to bring their music into being. They lie dormant, hoping for the chance to emerge. Once someone starts to read them, they can begin to change. They can take root in the imagination and transform the reader. Stories want to be read. They needed it. It is the reason they force themselves from their world into ours. They want us to give them life.”
    — John Connolly (The Book of Lost Things)

    I would also recommend some of the following more modern interpretations of classic fairy tales:

    - Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
    - The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
    - In the Forest of Forgetting by Theodora Goss
    - There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
    - Meet Me in the Moon Room by Ray Vukcevich

    Currently, I am reading a new translation of Arabian Nights (Penguin Classics, pretty fabric cover) that is superb. As I read along, I see the root of so many current fables derived from this original collection of tales. Hope this list helps anyone interested in dipping into this genre more. Congratulations again, Ann and Michael!

    - Vanessa (Jamaica Plain, MA – fan from the get-go)

  • Linda

    Congratulations on 200 episodes, Ann and Michael.

    A friend of mine and member of my writing group, Addie King, got her book published this past spring. It is only available in e-book form right now, but will soon be available in paper. Her book is called The Grimm Legacy. She incorporated a number of fairy tales in her book. She is working on a sequel.

  • Alexa

    Congratulations on 200 episodes! I’ve been listening since episode one and love the podcast! I loved the bloopers too!

    In the UK a new book of the Grimm’s fairy tales, Grimm Tales: For Young and Old by Philip Pullman, has just been published. He has re-told 50 of his favourite grimm tales. It looks really good, not sure if it being published in the US.

  • Gabrielle

    Carol Kubala already posted extensive lists, but since I happen to love reading retellings of fairy tales I’d like to mention a few of my favorites. Robin McKinley’s retellings are always excellent. These include BEAUTY and ROSE DAUGHTER (Beauty & the Beast), SPINDLE’S END (Sleeping Beauty), and DEERSKIN (a deeply disturbing and yet hopeful retelling of Donkeyskin). Patricia McKillip also has several novelizations of fairy tales. My favorites are probably SOLSTICE WOOD (playing on the concept of the changeling child) and IN THE FORESTS OF SERE (Firebird). Diana Wynne Jones’ retelling of Tam Lin, FIRE AND HEMLOCK, has haunted me ever since I first read it nearly twenty years ago. Patricia C. Wrede’s SNOW WHITE AND ROSE RED sets that traditional fairy tale in Elizabethan England. Lastly, Jessica Day George has also written some YA books based on fairy tales: PRINCESS OF THE MIDNIGHT BALL (Twelve Dancing Princesses), PRINCESS OF GLASS (Cinderella), and SUN AND MOON, ICE AND SNOW (East of the Sun, West of the Moon).

  • Carin Siegfried

    It’s not a fairytale retelling exactly but Grimm’s Last Fairytale by Haydn Middleton is a fictionalized story of the Grimm brothers, and it does have parts of fairytales throughout, particularly Sleeping Beauty. It was made into a movie that I heard was not particularly good.

  • gerald f. miller

    I listen to many podcasts during the week mostly at work and a few of them are books related but that does not matter because BOTNS is one of a very few that I listen to every time without hesitation. BOTNS follows my two laws of a successful podcast,it never changes(a good thing) and the sound quality is always exceptional(a really good thing).Most important to me is that you guys never take your listeners for granted and you always show respect for their feelings. BOTNS has gotten me through some very tough times and I respect and thank you for that.Thanks from my heart Ann and Michael.God bless both of you! Gerald Miller

  • Suzette Silva

    RED & THE WOLFE, by Jean Tennant. I stumbled upon this romance novel about a year ago while browsing on Amazon and bought it for my Kindle. It was a fun contemporary remake of, of course, Red Riding Hood.

  • Carol from Redwood City

    Here’s another for the kids– the “Fablehaven” series by Brandon Mull. Cute fantasy story suitable for 9-11 year olds, or in my case, Godmothers to 9 year olds. You also referenced Aeosop’s Fables a bit in your conversation. A fresh take on that format would have to be David Sedaris’ “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk”. Always funny, sometimes off-color and, as usual, best consumed as an audiobook.

  • Linda

    You know we’re all waiting for an everyday podcast. (Just kidding.) Congratulations!
    I have remembered a series of books that I read years ago by James Finn Garner. Those are the Politically Correct Bedtime Stories.

  • http://twitter.com/toinfinitybooks Mona

    For anyone who’s interested, Goodreads has a couple user-curated lists of retold fairy tales. Many of the titles are YA/crossover, not necessarily adult. Here is one with over 700 options.
    http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/96.The_Best_Fairytales_and_Retellings

    After reviewing my Goodreads fairy-tales shelf, I’ve realized that my favorite retold fairy tales are mostly based on stories other than those contained in the Grimm brothers’ original collection. For instance, I LOVED Tam Lin by Pamela Dean, based on Scottish folklore and Jackaroo by Cynthia Voigt, a take on Robin Hood with a female protagonist. Other more traditional (Grimm-based) favorites are Enchantment by Orson Scott Card (Sleeping Beauty + Baba Yaga) and Briar Rose by Jane Yolen (Sleeping Beauty set during World War II).

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