Fairy tales never grow old...

Fairy tales never grow old, they just continue to get re-imagined, re-invented and re-told in new ways, often with a modern spin and /or a twist in the tale.

Hollywood has always been enchanted by fairy tales, who could forget the magic of the Walt Disney movies based on fairy tales?  More recently released movies have been darker interpretations, including Red Riding Hood and Snow White and the huntsman.  This trend continues with new movies about Hansel and Gretel and Jack the Giant Killer due for release in 2013.

What about books?   Many people love to read fairy tales as children, remembering them as being full of magic, mystique, and of course, a moral caution.  Upon revisiting fairy tales that have been re-created for grown ups, you may discover humour, a different perspective on the characters, or a different viewpoint from another character in the story. You may even read a very different ending to the version you remember from your childhood, not necessarily one where they all live happily ever after…

Here are some selected fairy tale re-tellings, stories that continue to keep growing and changing throughout time.
Ash by Malinda Lo
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Ella enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Confessions of an ugly stepsister by Gregory Maguire
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Shadows on the moon by Zoe Marriott
Phoenix and ashes by Mercedes Lackey

Snow white
Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire
White as snow by Tanith Lee
The serpents shadow by Mercedes Lackey

Beauty and the beast
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Beast by Donna Jo Napoli
The rose and the beast: Fairy tales retold by Francesca Lia Block
Hearts blood by Juliet Marrillier
by Mercedes Lackey

Sleeping Beauty
Briar rose by Jane Yolen
Spindle's end by by Robin McKinley
A kiss in time by Alex Flinn
The gates of sleep by Mercedes Lackey

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth
Golden by Cameron Daley

Other Tales
Midnight Pearls: A re-telling of the Little mermaid by Debbie Viguie
Cloaked by Alex Flinn (Mixed fairy tales)
The goose girl by Shannon Hale
Tender morsels by Margo Lanagan (Snow White and Rose Red)
The amazing Maurice and his educated rodents in"The wit and wisdom of Discworld" by Terry Pratchett (The piped piper of Hamelin)
A curse dark as gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce  (Rumplestiltskin)
Sweetly by Jackson Pearce (Hansel and gretel)
Matchless: a christmas story by Gregory Maguire
The book of lost things by John Connolly (Scary versions of Grimms fairytales)
A tale dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
 The wizard of London by Mercedes Lackey (The snow queen)

Do you have a favourite fairy tale re-telling?