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New Takes on Fairy Tales: A Reading List

Rebecca Joines Schinsky

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Rebecca Joines Schinsky is the executive director of product and ecommerce at Riot New Media Group. She co-hosts All the Books! and the Book Riot Podcast. Follow her on Twitter: @rebeccaschinsky.

scarlet marissa meyerThis round of Riot Recommendation is sponsored by Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.

Cinder is trying to break out of prison—even though she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive if she does.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother, or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana.


Inspired by Marissa Meyer’s new twists on Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood, we asked you to share your favorite new takes on fairy tales. Here’s a collection of your recommendations from Facebook, Twitter, and the comments.

The Looking Glass Wars trilogy by Frank Beddor

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley

Bill Willingham’s Fables series

The fairy retelling anthologies edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (including Snow White, Red Blood; Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears; and Silver Birch, Blood Moon)

Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley

Gregory Maguire’s Wicked series

The Elemental Masters series by Mercedes Lackey

The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley

Eloisa James’ Regency romance adaptations

Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next and Nursery Crime series

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

Red as Blood, or Tales from the Sisters Grimmer by Tanith Lee

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

“Hansel and Gretel” by Lauren Williams McCaffrey

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Entwined by Heather Dixon

Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

Splintered by A.G. Howard

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

My Name is Rapunzel by K.C. Hilton

Before Midnight: A Retelling of “Cinderella” by Cameron Dokey

Ash by Malinda Lo

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine


Dish it, readers: what did we miss?