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Fairy Tales for Grown Ups

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The list author says: "Fairy tales capture the imagination in grown people as well as children. These books are perfect for those who like stories of brave heroes, impressive magic, whimsical fairies, and timeless tales."
Enchantment
Enchantment
"What if Sleeping Beauty woke up in modern times?  Oscar Scott card expertly answers this question in a modern fairy tale full of adventure, witches, princesses, and destiny."
Stardust
Stardust
"Neil Gaiman, a master storyteller, creates a fairy tale about a young boy who enters the land of Faerie in search of a fallen star and the heart of a beautiful maiden.  Although not a classic fairy tale, this story has all the elements of folklore."
Beast
Beast
"Beauty and the Beast with character development and plot sophisticated enough for adults."
Fairest
Fairest
"Snow White-like tale from the author of Ella Enchanted.  Ella Enchanted is charming, but I prefer this story which takes place in the same universe.  I also recommend The Two Princesses of Bamarre."
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years)
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years)
"The ending is rushed, and there are holes in the plot you can drive a truck through, but this imaginative book, which inspired the musical is still worth a read."
The Rumpelstiltskin Problem
The Rumpelstiltskin Problem
"The story of Rumplestiltskin has a lot of logical inconsistencies.  Why does the miller tell the king his daughter can turn straw into gold?  Why does Rumplestiltskin want a baby?  Vivian Vande Velde explores these question in 6 versions of the classic tale."
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
"Okay, I admit it, the film is better than this book.  It is the rare exception to the rule that the book is better than the movie.  However, this version of the book assumes you have seen the movie.  It is clever and funny and the footnotes are superb."
The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard Edition (Harry Potter)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard Edition (Harry Potter)
"Just as Snow White and Cinderella are known to all the Muggles (non-magical people), so are these stories known to all the magical children."
Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl
"Artemis Fowl kidnaps a fairy person and opens the door to their world.  Not a classic fairy tale, but it is a tale with fairies in it.  If you like it, it's part of a whole series."
A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry, Book 1)
A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry, Book 1)
"Meredith Gentry is the first and only American fairy princess.  As the series opens, she is in exile passing for human in California due to the constant attempts on her life.  Again, this is not a classic fairy tale but explores the traditional Irish fairy world that is fun to visit again and again.  (Warning: for adults only. Very graphic sexual situations.)"