Modern Retellings of Fairy Tales in Teen Fiction

Fans of teen fiction and fantasy, rediscover classic stories when you check out these modern retellings of myths and fairy tales. 

Alpha Goddess is a retelling of the myth of Rama and Sita with a love triangle dissimilar to the original epic. 

The Language of Thorns is a beautiful book featuring dark retellings of fairy tales including Beauty and the Beast and The Nutcracker. Each tale is illustrated in the fashion of a traditional collection of fairy tales.

Norroway is a graphic novel that retells the Scottish folk tale of the black bull of Norroway. This version includes a racially diverse cast of characters and a feminist protagonist. 

OK, so there are loads of re-imaginings of the Arthurian legend, but this version takes the Arthurian legend to outer space! In Once & Future, Arthur is reincarnated as a female king, Ari.

Sea Witch offers a more humanizing look at the villainous sea witch of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.

Spindle is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. It's a sequel to A Thousand Nightsopens a new window, but the first novel is summarized in the beginning, so you can start here if you’re looking for a standalone read.

What's your favorite fairy tale? Or your favorite retelling? Let me know in the comments.

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