Shelves at bookstores are chock-full of vampire stories and werewolf sagas and chicklit with various pieces of candy on their covers. A beloved, yet overlooked genre of books that has gotten little attention are Fairy Tale Re-tellings.
“East” by Edith Pattou is one of my favorites in this genre, based on the fairy tale “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” with a little bit of “Beauty and the Beast” and the legend of “Cupid and Psyche” mixed in.
However, there are so many fairy tale re-tellings out there especially in YA fiction, has it become overdone that readers are overlooking them?
Beastly by Alex Flinn is a retelling of…you guessed it…Beauty and the Beast.
There are so many retellings of Beauty and the Beast, but there are other refreshing retellings that have been making their way into libraries and bookstores like “Goose Girl” by Shannon Hale and “Princess of the Midnight Ball” by Jessica Day George.
What do you think? Is this a genre that is deservedly overlooked because it is done so often?
Or is it just what YA needs amidst the deluge of “Twilight” copycats?