So, I finally got round to reading A Court of Mist & Fury (I haven’t finished, though, so no spoilers please), after putting it off for over eight months because I was so annoyed about Queen of Shadows (the then-most-recent entry in Maas’ other series of books). And I’m really enjoying it! 😀 The reason I’m mentioning it here, however? As you probably know, if you’re at all familiar with the series, A Court of Thorns & Roses is a (much expanded upon) retelling of Beauty & the Beast, the traditional French fairytale.
Fairytale retellings (sometimes called fairytale fantasy, or mythic fiction) seem to have become increasingly popular over the last few years, and there have been all kinds of them written – straight-up retellings, with almost no significant changes to the versions we’re all familiar with; retellings that draw on the (often quite dark) original stories that most people have forgotten (thank you, Disney 😉 ); and even wildly re-imagined tales like The Lunar Chronicles, a.k.a. Cinderella-in-space. There have been retellings of really familiar stories like the aforementioned Cinderella and Beauty & the Beast, as well as more obscure ones, such as The Goose Girl, and the legend of Tam Lin.
In this series of posts (which will be updated sporadically), I aim to talk a little about the origins of various fairytales, and to recommend a few books that retell the story in various different ways. Naturally, I will be starting with Beauty & the Beast, since there doesn’t seem like a better time to discuss it, and I’m aiming to have that posted pretty early next month. I hope you’ll enjoy it! 😀
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Disclaimer: I am not an expert on any of these fairytales, or on retellings generally; just someone who enjoys reading them. If you notice any mistakes, then please feel free to point them out.