I read and watch A LOT of fairy tale retellings. Naturally, one of my favorite television shows is ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Therefore, I decided to post a new feature every Sunday: a discussion of my favorite retellings, literary and otherwise. Each post will focus on a single tale and will include retellings I’ve read, movies I’ve watched that are related to the tale, and books I want to read. I’m uncertain how many consecutive Sundays it will run at this point.
Several weeks ago, I discussed the various Cinderella retellings I enjoy. That post can be found by clicking here. So, to kick-start the feature, I’ll begin with Sleeping Beauty. Click here for the Grimm’s version of the tale.
Awake by Jessica Grey ~ A modern retelling, Sleeping Beauty is named Lilia instead of Aurora. Lilia ends up in a museum where she is kissed and awakened by a young man named Luke who takes her place in slumber. The protagonist, Alex, must collaborate with her best friend Becca and the newly awakened Lilia to uncover the details of the curse and rescue Luke. This is an excellent modern retelling of the classic tale.
A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan ~ This is a sci-fi retelling. Rosalinda spends sixty-two years in a stasis tube in a chemically induced slumber. A young man accidentally awakens her with a kiss, forcing Rose to find a way to survive in a brand new world without her parents or her first love. I enjoyed this spin on the classic, but it was a little weird at times.
Movies I’ve Seen:
Sleeping Beauty (1959) ~ Who hasn’t seen this classic Disney movie? It’s one of the best. And “Once Upon a Dream” is one of the sweetest songs ever.
Maleficent (2014) ~ After the disappointment of Snow White and the Huntsman, I hesitated to watch this movie. However, I’m glad I finally did. Although it focuses on the villain instead of the princess, it’s still an interesting Sleeping Beauty retelling.
Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley ~ I enjoyed Beauty (a Beauty and the Beast retelling) by this author, and some day I plan to give this novel a try as well.
Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay ~ The tagline says this book is “Game of Thrones meets the Grimm’s fairy tales.” I like Game of Thrones, and I’ve already established my love of fairy tales, so . . . yes, I think I’ll give it a try.
Did I omit your favorite Sleeping Beauty retelling book or movie-wise? Do you have a recommendation for me? Share in the comments!