Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Things on my Reading Wishlist.
I gave this week’s theme a little bit of a twist, and instead of Top Ten Things on my Reading Wishlist I went for Top Ten Fairytales I’d Love to See Retold More. I am a huge fan of fairytale retellings, but I’ve noticed it seems to be the most popular ones that are retold over and over again, there are so many I’d love to see given the same treatment and this gives me a chance to showcase them.
The Wild Swans
The second I thought of this topic for my Top Ten Tuesday post The Wild Swans was the first fairytale I put on the list. Of all the others I featured I would love to see this one retold the most because, after Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, it is my all-time favourite fairytale.
The Wild Swans is a story about a Princess whose eleven brothers were turned into swans by their stepmother, a wicked witch. To save her brothers from their fate the Princess must gather nettles from the graveyard and weave them into eleven shirts, undertaking a vow of silence until her work is done or her all brothers will die.
Cupid and Psyche
I love stories from Greek mythology almost as much as I love fairytales, and while the tale of Hades and Persephone is my favourite Cupid and Psyche is a very close second. It’s a story that has a lot of potential to be retold, but sadly hasn’t been yet; at least not to my knowledge.
Cupid and Psyche is a story about how Psyche is married to a hideous monster. Her fate foretold by the oracle of Apollo she must never look upon her husband for fear of being devoured by him. However tricked by her jealous sisters she steals a glimpse and instead of a monster discovers Cupid. He flees after waking and to prove her worth Psyche undertakes three trials to find her love again.
I’m a little surprised how this isn’t a more popular choice for retellings, the only one I can think of off the top of my head is Cress by Marissa Meyer. While it’s possible there are more out there I just haven’t noticed yet I would still love to see more Rapunzel retellings on the shelves one day.
The Twelve Dancing Princesses
This was another favourite fairytale of mine when I was younger, and I fully believe it has everything needed to be turned into an epic fantasy series, or standalone if you’d prefer. There’s mystery and magic, secret and fantastical lands, Kings and Princes and Princesses, what more do you need?
The Twelve Dancing Princesses is a story about a King who sets a challenge before the land to discover why his twelve daughters are wearing out their dancing shoes, despite being safe in their rooms all night. A soldier follows the Princesses and discovers a secret passageway leading to a secret world where the twelve Princesses dance each night away with twelve Princes.
The Little Mermaid
When I say The Little Mermaid I don’t mean the Disney version where everyone has a happy ending but the original Hans Christian Andersen story with a much sadder ending.
There’s a theory that The Little Mermaid was originally written as a love letter from Hans to his friend Edvard. His feelings were unreciprocated and Hans wrote The Little Mermaid to symbolize his inability to be with Edvard just as a mermaid cannot be with a human, hence the unhappy ending in the original tale.
Saint George and the Dragon
This one is not so much a fairytale as it is a legend but in my opinion we need more dragons in books, and there are so few fairytales with dragons in that I could have featured in this post instead. I think it would be interesting to see this tale retold, but maybe without the damsel in distress angle.
The Snow Queen
When I was younger I loved this tale, about a girl who travelled far and wide to save her best friend who was enchanted by the Snow Queen. Unfortunately the only retelling I’ve come across is Stealing Snow which, in my opinion, doesn’t do justice to one of my favourite fairytales.
Hansel and Gretel
I’ll admit that part of the reason I loved this story so much when I was younger was because of the candy house; seriously though what child wouldn’t love that? I’m not sure how it could be done but I’d love to see a retelling of this fairytale, to bring back the memories of reading about a house made entirely of sweets when I was younger.
The Singing Bone
Originally this fairytale wasn’t going to make my list, but when I read a brief synopsis of what it was about I thought to myself, ‘I can imagine this being a story Leigh Bardugo would write really well’, and I just could not get that thought out of my head.
The Singing Bone is a story about two brothers, tasked with killing a boar. The younger is the one who makes the kill, but then the older brother kills the younger to take the glory for himself. Years later a shepherd comes across the younger brothers bones and uses them to make a horn, a horn which sings on its own of the crimes committed by the older brother.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Yes there are already a fair few retellings of this story out there, but Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is an all-time favourite of mine so I’m always going to want to see more reimagining’s of Lewis Carroll’s original tale on the shelves.
So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what things are on your reading wishlist, or what fairytales you’d like to see retold more.