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PFS2012 Author Guest Post: Sheenah Freitas

Favorite Retellings

There have been many variations of fairy tales and myths throughout the ages. Some have been exceptional and have taken the original story and built upon them in ways that no one else would have thought. Others have been . . . well, less than stellar. Here are some of my favorites:

Beastly by Alex Flinn

I recommend reading the book over watching the movie. Though the movie had some interesting points (the guy was more or less disfigured and ugly looking versus going all out beast mode) and was rather cute, you’d be missing out on the chat room dialogue that I found hilarious. It’s a super simple and straight forward story with a stereotypical ending, but if you’re looking for something light and bubble gum-y this should satisfy your book appetite.

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

This book is amazing. If you’ve seen the musical that’s based on this book but haven’t read this book, you’re missing out on something. For one: the musical takes this story, makes it lighter and showier and more in line with the Wizard of the Oz. The result? A spectacular musical that one wants to watch again and again. The book on the other hand is so dark and serious. It hits politics and Animal rights and societal structures. After reading this book and watching the musical, it’s really hard not to love the Wicked Witch of the West. This book isn’t light reading material at all, so if you’re in the mood for something more literary and drama-y, grab it and devour it.

Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

Not a retelling, but it involves the Greek gods and their demigod children running around on adventures. And despite it being for Middle Grade readers (a.k.a. tweens) I really enjoyed the series. They’re fast paced and anyone who enjoys Greek mythology will probably like this modern take on them. I mean, who knew that Medusa owned a garden statue place out in the middle of nowhere and in the States? I must applaud Rick Riordan for doing some serious research on everyone. Athena’s daughter is one of the major characters of the series and for the longest time I was upset over this because Athena took an oath of virginity along with Artemis and Hestia. But there’s a pretty good explanation about this somewhere in the series. If you’re looking for a quick adventure, check out this series.

Thor by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby

It’s a god turned superhero! He weareth his mother’s drapes! To be honest, I’ve never read a Thor comic. The only reason I’m recommending it is because my dog, Loki, was staring at me while writing this and practically begged me to include it in the list. Besides, the movie was fantastic! It was fun and who could deny godly sibling battles? Makes our mortal sibling arguments petty compared to them.

Disney movies

What retelling list would be complete without mentioning Disney movies? After all, it’s because of Disney movies that so many fairy tales are remembered and loved so clearly in the modern era. But Disney does take fairy tales and retell them. Not every fairy tale movie they’ve produced have had a happy ending or the ending that we’re so familiar with. Did you know that in the original Cinderella fairy tale, her sisters get their eyes gouged out by crows? Or that Rapunzel and the Prince had many romps in her tower? The Little Mermaid wasn’t supposed to have a happy ending with her Prince and ended up committing suicide because she couldn’t bring herself to kill him once she learned that he was in love with another. But she was saved by angels and was given a soul so there was some silver lining. But did you know that Disney began work on The Little Mermaid in the 40’s and originally had her turn into sea foam instead of being saved by angels? They thought it was too dark and shelved it until a team revived the project in the 80’s.

So what are your favorite retellings? Have you read any of the books on this list? Do you prefer books or movies in regards to retellings?

The Chosen by Sheenah FreitasSprite by Leigh Michael
Bonded by Mande MatthewsUnchanged by Heather Crews
Sonora by Travis HallEternal Youth by Julia Crane and Nolia McCarty
Become by Ali CrossBetrayal by Mayandree MichelPromises by Amber GarrEternal Vows by Chrissy Peebles

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Above is a list of 10 indie mythological based YA novels, in case anyone's interested. Thank you so much, Sheenah, for your thoughts on retellings!

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It's so embarrassing how behind I am on the Percy Jackson series, almost nearly as embarrassing as never having finished Harry Potter *grumbles*. Anyway, comment below if you think Alex Pettyfer is hot even as "Beast" or if you think you might be a demigod.

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Lili said...

I adored the Percy Jackson series and the retelling lover in me loved Beastly. And of course, a Disney movie will forever come out on top in my opinion. Glad to know that I'm not alone on that one! I'll definitely be looking into the list of indies that are retellings. I've seen Sprite around a few times but wasn't sure if I wanted to give it a chance. I think I may now. Thank you for stopping by!

Montana G. said...

I also really loved the Percy Jackson series. All of the indie YA novels look really good, especially Promises by Amber Garr!

Sam @ Realm of Fiction said...

I've yet to read the Percy Jackson series... but what's this about not having finished Harry Potter?! Asher, I don't think we can be friends any more. ;)


Thanks for the lovely guest post from Sheenah! I thought I recognised her name. I remember checking The Chosen out a few months ago. :)

Heidi said...

Ooooh, I adore retellings! I MUCH prefer books to movies where they're concerned, largely because I love fantasy elements and feel like these don't often translate well to screen (you kind of need a huge budget to do fantasy well on screen). Of these, Wicked is my favorite, I liked its depth and meatiness, it made me think, and it was probably one of the first books like this that I'd read (along with Grendel). My favorite, however, is probably Daughter of the Forest by Juilet Marillier, a retelling of The Seven Swans.

Sheenah Freitas said...

Thanks so much for having me as a guest for your first blog event. And a big thanks to the commenters who have given me a warm welcome. :)

@google-706ff21d86ea6249edaa259fb42c0d35:disqus: That's so cool that you checked out my book! :D

@BunburyintheStacks:disqus: Wicked really is a fantastic literary book for its meatiness. But I'm a stickler for endearing, cute things so I prefer the musical over the book (the musical made me ship Scarecrow x Wicked Witch of the West; my heart broke when I read the book) There's a retelling of The Seven Swans? Will have to look that one up!

Asheley said...

I love retellings! Of anything! I think my favorites are the mythology retellings. There are some fabulous ones out there. Great post!!

Liz @ Planet Print said...

I love the Percy Jackson series! One of my favourites, it's just so funny and action packed and has a perfect mix of everything. I haven't read the book Wicked, but I have seen the musical and I absolutely loved it! Will definitely have to read it some day. Thanks for the fab post :).

Sonia said...

I looooove the Percy Jackson series! It's so fun and inventive and exciting... I love how RR manages to twist some of the mythology and modernize it. And ahh, love the Wicked musical! I've never read the book although a friend of mine has been bugging me about it for a while. I've never read the Thor comics either but the movie is AWESOMETASTIC <3 I love me some Loki. I will definitely check out Beastly, the novel. Superb post! :)

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