Hello friends and happy Tuesday! Although, it’s been all cold and rainy today so it’s not really the happiest of days. I hope the weather where you all are has been better than mine. Anyways, onto the point of this post. If you haven’t noticed yet, I love fairytale retellings and as soon as I find out that a book I want to read is a retelling I basically drop everything to pick it up. I’ve read a lot of good retellings of some of my favourite stories but there are still a few that I’d love to see get their own kind of retelling. Will all of my options be Disney movies? Perhaps. But it’s fine; Disney’s the bomb. I want to give a special shout out to Sara (@starlightnovels) who did a similar post about this a few months back and inspired my own list so if you haven’t, be sure to check out her post here!
Here is today’s Top Five Tuesday: Retellings I Want!
1. THE LITTLE MERMAID
Listen, The Little Mermaid is my favourite Disney movie in the entire world and Ariel is my favourite princess. I’m not sure if there are actually any kind of retelling based on this story, whether it’s the kid-friendly Disney version or the actual fairytale from Hans Christian Andersen, but it’s still a pretty cool story. I mean, who doesn’t want to be a mermaid? Actually that’s a dumb question, don’t answer it. But wouldn’t it be cool to read a retelling about mermaids? Or something along the lines of the original plot? I think it’d be cool if this fairytale got the same treatment The Nutcracker did in Claire Legrand’s amazing novel, Winterspell. I have so many ideas.
Ok, I know this isn’t a fairytale because it’s Greek mythology, but in a way it counts because mythology is just a fancy name for fairytale. I’m reaching, aren’t I? Hear me out, though. How amazing would it be to have a YA retelling of Hercules? It’d be like the Disney movie but at least 10 times better. I never got into Percy Jackson so I really want to invest myself in a retelling of Hercules. But maybe it should be a little less grim than the original myth because that is one messed up story, wow.
3. TINKERBELL & FAIRIES
Me? Love Tinkerbell? And fairies? Impossible. Yeah, ok you got me. I LOVE Tinkerbell and everything about her character, which I mentioned yesterday, and I think getting a retelling about Tinkerbell would be the best thing ever. I know about the Peter Pan retelling in Tiger Lily, which I’m hoping to read soon, but I think it’d be amazing to see Tink in her own story and maybe see some of her fairy friends with her. Not sure how it would exactly work but I bet it’ll be a retelling to die for.
4. KING ARTHUR
Call it history, call it mythology, call it a fairytale, I couldn’t care less; but I do know that the story of King Arthur would make an awesome retelling. A couple years back I fell in love with the show Merlin and I got super attached to not only Arthur but Lancelot and Gwaine as well so just imagining the shenanigans these three would have in a YA retelling would be so great. Or, you know, we could go the NA route and have these three get their own books and the sexy NA treatment. I’m not picky. Also, it’d probably bug a bunch of stuffy old historians which is always a fun time.
5. 12 DANCING PRINCESSES
Am I familiar with the original story? No, not really. But I am familiar with the Barbie movie of the same name and let me tell you, it’s quite the film. I also just want to state for the record I love Barbie and I have so many different movies floating around in my head that I could pick, such as Swan Lake, The Three Musketeers, The Magic of Pegasus, or Thumbelina, so really any movie that Barbie did would also make a great retelling. Honestly, just pick any of those. Barbie knows best.
Well, those are my top five retellings I’d love to see! If you know of any retellings of the ones I’ve listed that actually exist please let me know, I’d love to read them!
Until next time,
Which retelling would you love to see? Leave a comment below!