Publishing History

If you’re interested in how and when fractured fairy tales came to be!

While retellings of classic stories have been produced for decades in the Young Adult genre, fairy tale retellings and fractured fairy tales have seen a surge in popularity within the last 20 years. Some of the older fairy tale retellings date back to the 1970s (such as Robin McKinley’s Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast) but the vast majority of the popular titles falling into this topic area fall in the years between 2007-2017. The Young Adult Library Services Association section of the American Library Association has suggested that retellings are currently the hot new theme in young adult literature as of 20161.

Since the fractured fairy tales topic is not a genre in itself, the subjects spans across a wide range of genres dependent on the authors retellings. Some fall under the scope of romance, comedy, steampunk, fantasy, or horror while still capturing the spirit or characters of the original stories. As such, these books are published by a range of publishing houses as well, including HarperTeen, Scholastic, Ace, and Simon Pulse to name a few.

Without a doubt, fairy tale retellings are experiencing a surge in popular media (including books, television, and movies—read about the brand new Beauty and the Beast movie here). This is perhaps due to their ability to take the characters we know and love and turn them into something new and exciting, or maybe it’s just the simple comfort of familiarity. Either way, we can’t wait to see what fairy tale retellings come up next!

  1. Anclade, Tegan. (2016, March 1). The Age of the Retelling. Retrieved from