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Compare Retellings of Popular Fairy Tales

A guide by Heather Jean (Texas)

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Each of these are in approximate order of closeness to the traditional story.


Twelve Dancing Princesses
Princess of the Midnight Ball (Twelve Dancing Princesses) - sisters are cursed to dance every night
The Night Dance: A Retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" (Once upon a Time) - Arthurian retelling
Entwined - coming March 2011
The Thirteenth Princess - youngest sister's point of view
Wildwood Dancing - set in Transylvania with a few vampires
The Phoenix Dance - shoemaker solves the mystery
The Midnight Dancers: A Fairy Tale Retold - modern retelling


The Princess and the Pea
Violet Eyes (Once upon a Time) - princess competition anyone?
The Princess Test (Princess Tales) - someone is super sensitive...
A True Princess - Lilia's quest to save her best friend gets her involved in a kingdom's search for a true princess


Beauty and the Beast
Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast - best version
Belle: A Retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" (Once upon a Time)
Rose Daughter
Beast - from the Beast's point of view
Beastly - from the Beast's point of view, set in NYC
Roses - modern retelling


Cinderella
Before Midnight: A Retelling of "Cinderella" (Once upon a Time)
Ella Enchanted - Gift of Obedience
Princess of Glass (Twelve Dancing Princesses) - told by a sister from Princess of the Midnight Ball
Bella at Midnight
Silver Woven in My Hair - medieval retelling in which the fairy godmother is replaced by a friendly monk & a goat herder
Bound - Chinese version
Shadows on the Moon - Japanese retelling
Cindy Ella - modern retelling
Just Ella (The Palace Chronicles) - Cinderella changes her mind about marrying the prince
Cinders - Cinderella has regrets after he wedding
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister: A Novel - From the stepsister's POV
Along the River: A Chinese Cinderella Novel - Chinese retelling, modern girl remembers her previous life 800 years ago...


East of the Sun, West of the Moon
East
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow - she can understand animals
Ice - modern retelling
Once Upon a Winter's Night - *content warning*



Rumpelstiltskin
Spinners - interesting family history
A Curse Dark As Gold - set during the industrial revolution
The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of "Rumpelstiltskin" (Once upon a Time) - set in 1880 New York
The Silver Curlew
The Rumpelstiltskin Problem - short stories
Straw into Gold - what if the queen *didn't* guess his name?
The Riddle of the Gnome: A Further Tale Adventure (Further Tales Adventures) - more from Rumpelstiltskin


Sleeping Beauty
Beauty Sleep
Spindle's End - Rosie is a tomboy who can talk to animals
Thornspell - Prince's POV, more backstory
Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep (Princess Tales) - Princess is too busy reading to sleep
The Healers Apprentice - Rose is a woodcutter's daughter
The Wide-Awake Princess (Tales of the Wide-Awake Princess) - Sleeping Beauty's sister finds someone to break the spell
A Kiss in Time - Sleeping Beauty wakes up in modern times, woken by American
Briar Rose - Linked to Holocaust
When Rose Wakes - Teenager wakes from Coma & realizes she is Sleepig Beauty
Enchantment - Sleeping Beauty wakes up in modern times, time travel between worlds
Waking Rose: A Fairy Tale Retold - modern retelling, part of a trilogy

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Twelve Dancing Princesses
1.  Princess of the Midnight Ball (Twelve Dancing Princesses)  by Jessica Day George
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2.  The Night Dance: A Retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" (Once upon a Time)  by Suzanne Weyn
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3.  Entwined  by Heather Dixon
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4.  The Thirteenth Princess  by Diane Zahler
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5.  Wildwood Dancing  by Juliet Marillier
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6.  The Phoenix Dance  by Dia Calhoun
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7.  The Midnight Dancers: A Fairy Tale Retold  by Regina Doman
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The Princess and the Pea
8.  Violet Eyes (Once upon a Time)  by Debbie Viguié
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9.  The Princess Test (Princess Tales)  by Gail Carson Levine
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10.  A True Princess  by Diane Zahler
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Beauty and the Beast
11.  Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast  by Robin McKinley
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12.  Belle: A Retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" (Once upon a Time)  by Cameron Dokey
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13.  Rose Daughter  by Robin McKinley
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14.  Beast  by Donna Jo Napoli
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15.  Beastly  by Alex Flinn
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16.  Roses  by Barbara Cohen
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Cinderella
17.  Before Midnight: A Retelling of "Cinderella" (Once upon a Time)  by Cameron Dokey
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18.  Ella Enchanted  by Gail Carson Levine
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19.  Princess of Glass (Twelve Dancing Princesses)  by Jessica Day George
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20.  Bella at Midnight  by Diane Stanley
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21.  Silver Woven in My Hair  by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
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22.  Bound  by Donna Jo Napoli
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23.  Shadows on the Moon  by Zoë Marriott
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24.  Cindy Ella  by Robin Palmer
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25.  Just Ella (The Palace Chronicles)  by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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26.  Cinders  by Michelle D. Argyle
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27.  Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister: A Novel  by Gregory Maguire
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28.  Along the River: A Chinese Cinderella Novel  by Adeline Yen Mah
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East of the Sun, West of the Moon
29.  East  by Edith Pattou
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30.  Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow  by Jessica Day George
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31.  Ice  by Sarah Beth Durst
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32.  Once Upon a Winter's Night  by Dennis L. McKiernan
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Rumpelstiltskin
33.  Spinners  by Donna Jo Napoli
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34.  A Curse Dark As Gold  by Elizabeth C. Bunce
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35.  The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of "Rumpelstiltskin" (Once upon a Time)  by Suzanne Weyn
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36.  The Silver Curlew  by Eleanor Farjeon
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37.  The Rumpelstiltskin Problem  by Vivian Vande Velde
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38.  Straw into Gold  by Gary D. Schmidt
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39.  The Riddle of the Gnome: A Further Tale Adventure (Further Tales Adventures)  by P.W. Catanese
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Sleeping Beauty
40.  Beauty Sleep  by Cameron Dokey
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41.  Spindle's End  by Robin McKinley
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42.  Thornspell [Bargain Price]  by Helen Lowe
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43.  Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep (Princess Tales)  by Gail Carson Levine
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44.  The Healers Apprentice  by Melanie Dickerson
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45.  The Wide-Awake Princess (Tales of the Wide-Awake Princess)  by E. D. Baker
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46.  A Kiss in Time [Bargain Price]  by Alex Flinn
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47.  Briar Rose  by Jane Yolen
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48.  When Rose Wakes  by Christopher Golden
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49.  Enchantment  by Orson Scott Card
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50.  Waking Rose: A Fairy Tale Retold  by Regina Doman
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Qualifications: fairy tale lover (who refuses to grow up)
Last updated: 5/17/12
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