Whatever happened to Fairytales?
As a little girl there wasn’t a genre in the kids section of the library that I loved more than fairytales. Growing up, little has changed. I don’t necessarily go for the pre-adolescent love affair that was fairytales. I look for the same ingredients in the books I read today. There’s a touch of magic and magnetism to them. They come with a happy ending, and even though put through highly unrealistic situations (I enjoy it more because it is unrealistic) the couples being written about have somewhat realistic characteristics. They are noble, kind, and, like many of us, yearn for adventure. And why can’t we still believe in happy endings? I for sure am a devout believer in them. While I know many of the fairytales have had their spins and turns in the pop culture, how do I fulfil my wants for a good fairytale from a more mature perspective? So I have set out to find books that do just that – fill me with a sense of wonder that fairytales like Cinderella once did. Authors like the ones listed below have all creatively spun some much more adult versions of our childhood fairytales or well-known and treasured classic novels. Some being a little more X-rated than I bargained for, while others taking a slight more sinister route to retell them. But all of them have same the quality of writing which had me captivated from page one. Check out my picks for some of these more ‘mature’ takes on fairytales:
Fairest of them All by Teresa Madeiros
For beauty is a curse… For the main female protagonist, Holly de Chastel is aware her stunning beauty is only but a curse, for who could ever truly love her without seeing beyond only her looks? Enter Sir Austyn, a strapping Scottish fellow, and we’ve got trouble. For he’s looking for the exact opposite. A story of iron fist self control (on his part), misunderstandings and eventually love along the way. A nice little book to read before bedtime.
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
Read ‘Wicked’ yet? The bestseller writer doesn’t fail to please, this book will reel you in once again. Maguire’s take on Cinderella is enchanting, artistic and a wonderful addition to this list here. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Red and The Wolf by Evangeline Anderson
I’m not quite sure if this would be classified as a fairytale, but certainly goes with my theme and criteria for this list. Witches, wolves and sexy red cloaks? Give me more! And while you’re at it check out Evangeline Anderson’s other books, simple writing style with witty banter among her characters and the most sexiest scenes to steam up your room while reading. Hoot hoot, I may have to put her latest book down for a while. Check out Evangeline Anderson’s website here: http://www.evangelineanderson.com/
Changeling by Frances Gordon
Was there a mysterious force in the original telling of Rumpelstiltskin that got under your skin? Try reading Gordon’s take on the story and you might get those goose bumps once again. Appeasing those who are inclined to the Horror section at the bookstore and a good suspenseful read.
Unmasqued by Collete Gale
Need I explain what the plot is about? Seriously, there is nothing like a good old spankin’ to get the classic ‘Phantom of the Opera’ just that extra bit of sizzle, if you hadn’t felt it already. No sexual innuendos here, this book pretty much gets down to the dirty within pages of its beginning, but it needed little push as the original did have a sense of eroticism to it. Not for the light hearted. While not your first idea of a fairytale, it gives that fairytale ending to a somewhat doomed love story. A sexy romp is not found here, but a passionate obsession that speaks to those deeper, darker thoughts we tend to omit to our usual romantic novel selections. Read when you seek something a little more interesting…
Enchanted, Short Stories by Nancy Madore
Feeling a bit feisty again but don’t want to go as far reading Evangeline Anderson or Colette Gale? Try Madore’s book of short stories of the classic fairytales with an erotic twist. Considered a tamer read for those looking for a fairytale with erotic undertones.