Top Ten Tuesday: A List of Fairytale Retellings

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, participating book bloggers blog about their top ten lists.

This Week’s Topic: Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read/Want To Read (or you could do fairytales I want to be retold or fairytales I love)

This week’s topic is a huge free-for-all. There’s a lot of flexibility with this topic. So I guess my list is gonna be a mishmash of all of the things mentioned in the topic. I’ve read a lot of retellings in the past but recently, I haven’t been in the mood for them.

Fairytales are cool though! Fairytales are classic places to take inspiration from. And while I’ve had both good and bad experiences with fairytale retellings, I’m always willing to read more.


  • Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (Review)
    This was a Beauty and the Beast retelling that I loved. I really liked the world building and the character development. Super unique and worth a read!
  • Entwined by Heather Dixon
    I read this back in middle school. It’s a 12 Dancing Princesses retelling that’s pretty dang sweet. I didn’t like that the library accused me of not returning the book when I clearly did though. Pretty sure this falls into the YA category. This one focuses on the oldest sister, Azalea.
  • Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
    This mashes up a bunch of fairytales into one girl’s journey to save her friend. It follows Hazel’s personal growth as she realizes that people and friend groups change but it doesn’t mean that what she knew about them was wrong. A little cheesy but pretty good.
  • My Fair Godmother Series by Janette Rallison
    This series is one of my favorites. I didn’t know there was a third book but there is! It’s hilarious and definitely one of those sweet reads that doesn’t require much thinking. A little overly dramatic at times and cringe-worthy at others but I definitely enjoyed these books.
  • The Sister’s Grimm Series by Michael Buckley
    One of my favorite series when I was in middle school. He recently republished them after he fixed continuity errors and grammar. Might be a little young but if you like MG novels, it’s a series you should check out. The two sisters, Sabrina and Daphne, return to their grandmother’s town where they learn the secrets of their inheritance.


  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
    This has had exceptional reviews by nearly everybody. It’s an adult retelling of Beauty and the Beast and I heard that it’s very dark. I’m a little scared of hype but my gut feeling is telling me that I’ll enjoy this one.
  • Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
    This is written by the same author that wrote Cruel Beauty, mentioned above. It came out earlier this year and the cover has a similar style but I still haven’t read it ;;
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
    This has been on too many Top Ten Tuesdays for me to even justify the fact that I haven’t read it. But I haven’t. I think this particular volume is based on Cinderella.
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
    I’ve read Throne of Glass but not this one. Beauty and the Beast retelling that has had mixed reviews. Not sure what I should expect but the majority of them were positive.
  • Splintered by A.G. Howard
    An Alice in Wonderland retelling that’s been hyped by some and completely ignored by others. I personally find the covers very ugly but then again, nobody is asking me xD
  • The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
    I wasn’t actually planning on reading this one but so many people have said fantastic things about it! I think it’s loosely based on The Little Mermaid. Then I saw that it was the featured full read on Pulseit so I started it. I’m really liking it so far and the fact that I could read it now probably is supposed to tell me that I should read it asap.


  • One word. MULAN.
    I think Soundless is inspired by Chinese folklore but it’s not Mulan. I haven’t seen any YA retellings of Mulan anywhere but if anybody has any suggestions, please tell me! I think a Mulan retelling would be so cool.

And some Mushu (although he’s not in the original myth haha)

I love Mushu.

And that’s my list! I probably could’ve listed so many more than the amount that I did but I already listed more than ten. But seriously! Who’s with me on the Mulan retelling? I think it’d be hella cool!


  1. I love this list. I loved Cruel Beauty too! It moved me a lot, I don’t even know why, haha.

    BUT YES MULAN! Mulan is probably my favourite Disney, and she deserves so much more attention. Did you hear that they were going to remake it into a live-action film? Fingers crossed it’s really good and they don’t butcher it…

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  2. I think you’ll have a lot of fun with Uprooted and ACOTAR if you enjoyed Crimson Bound, Beauty and the Beat retellings are the absolute best.

    AND YESSS WHERE IS MY MULAN RETELLING? Non-western based fairy tales are so under represented (though Aladdin, 1001 nights etc seems to be enjoying a rise in fame lately). I want Mulan, more things like The Crane Wife, more East Asian mythology retold! For now I guess I’ll have to stick to translated Chinese fiction to get my fix.

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  3. MULANMULANMULAN. A well written Mulan retelling would be awesome! Since there’s The Wrath and the Dawn (I never thought there’d be A One Thousand and One Nights retelling) it can’t be too impossible for a Mulan one right?

    And I haven’t read the majority of the titles on your list. I’m really looking forward to reading some Rosamund Hodge books and ACoTaR! 😀


  4. Really? I hope I do then!
    There’s so much culture and stuff to explore in East Asia that it makes me sad that there aren’t very many out there. I haven’t read any translated Chinese fiction (I didn’t even know they had a lot!) but I think I might go look around for some now.

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  5. Aw thanks!
    Cruel Beauty is fantastic. I want to reread it sometime because I think I’d like it even more at that point!
    Mulan is like the kickass protagonist that we need. A lot of fairytales make the originally weak princess strong but they wouldn’t have to do that with Mulan!
    I did! I’m already worried about it because my friend said they casted a Caucasian person to be Tiger Lily in the Peter Pan live-action. I don’t expect a 100% Asian cast but I do want representation!

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  6. Oh I read them in Vietnamese haha so there’s not many translated fiction in English. The Three Body Problem is the first Chinese scifi to be translated and it’s so unique and very different to western fiction! Hope more gets translated since that book is doing so well.


  7. Me too! ;_; I love those books that are more meaningful and profound after a second reading. And I definitely agree that Cruel Beauty would be one of those books!

    ME TOO! Mulan was someone I aspired to be growing up – and I still aspire to be like her too. And yes, given her heritage, she’s a super important heroine to me!

    I am worried too, but idk, like, what does Disney think? White people in Ancient China… makes no sense. It’s definitely time to make the effort and find some real Asian-American/Asian talent. There’s plenty out there, I am sure. Our youth need more Asian representation!! So Disney better not screw it up, no excuses tbh.

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