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Just getting started? Here are some major authors and popular titles in the subject area.


Major Authors

Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer is a popular and prolific author in Young Adult literature, and true to form, she has written several series revolving around fairy tale retellings (with more in the works)! Her stories are very modern and in some cases, futuristic, combinations of many of the beloved characters of the past.

Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire wrote one of the most well-known fairy tale retellings of all time: Wicked. Wicked went on to become a highly-renowned Broadway musical and the story remains popular in both musical and novel forms, as it should, because this author knows his stuff!

Gail Carson Levine

Gail Carson Levine is a major figure in the YA fairy tale retelling world due to the enormous success of her novel Ella Enchanted. By far her most popular book, Ella Echanted won the Newbery Honor in 1998 and was then made into a movie as well. Carson has also published a book of short stories called The Fairy’s Mistake that includes six other reinvented fairy tales.

Robin McKinley

Robin McKinley’s written works fall primarily in the fantasy genre, and she’s a big fan of writing fairy tale retellings, especially those with a strong feminist twist. She has had a very involved career, and has works spanning from the 1970s to the present.

Alex Flinn

Alex Flinn has written over ten novels for young adults, among those the ever-popular Beastly, which was also made into a movie in 2011. Her fairy tale retellings often involve the transformation of bad characters after undergoing an event that changes their perspective. Flinn’s novels are most often set in modern cities and landscapes.

Popular Titles

Screen Shot 2017-03-12 at 11.32.09 AM.png Cinder – Marissa Meyer (The whole Lunar chronicles to be honest)

WOW. That one word about sums up this book. A friend recommended this to me, and I picked it up, not sure if I would like it. But I did! This book grips you from the first page, yanking you into Cinder’s world, and letting you see what it’s like to be different from everyone else” (The Guardian, 2015).

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Screen Shot 2017-03-12 at 11.33.14 AM.png Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine

 “Ella Enchanted is a rich and imaginative retelling of the Cinderella story as a young adult novel. At last readers get a reasonable explanation for Cinderella’s meek behavior.” (Common sense media, n.d.)

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Screen Shot 2017-03-12 at 11.33.14 AM.png FrogKisser! – Garth Nix

“When an independent princess goes questing in a mash-up of fairy tales and Arthurian legend, you can expect hijinks, but deeper messages of empowerment and community here are a nice bonus. With a title like Frogkisser! you know the book isn’t taking itself too seriously.” (Commonsense media, 2017)

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Screen Shot 2017-03-12 at 11.44.39 AM.png A Curse as Dark as Gold – Elizabeth C. Bunce

“I loved A Curse Dark as Gold, and cannot recommend it enough. If you are a fan of fantasy, of fairy tales, of just a well written book, give this one a try. It is a gorgeous, dark tale worth reading and rereading.” (The book smugglers, n.d.)

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If you’d like to discover more fractured fairy tales: Goodreads list