In this week’s installment of Fairy Tale Retellings, I concentrate on one of the most underrated stories: Red Riding Hood. As with all fairy stories, there are many versions of this tale. To read the original Grimm’s “Little Red Cap,” click here.
It is difficult to find retellings of this classic that aren’t erotica. Seriously, type the title in the search bar for any book online purchasing site and see what it generates. I guess there’s something about a story of a naïve girl and a wolf that immediately sends people’s minds to the gutter. I have, however, read a few retellings that are clean and entertaining and have others on my To Be Read list.
Books I’ve Read:
Cloaked in Red by Vivian Vande Velde ~ This is actually a collection of eight, short retellings instead of a full-length novel. Each version tells the story from a different character’s point of view.
Red and the Wolf by Cindy C. Bennett ~ A modern retelling, Red is a teen and the wolf is, of course, a werewolf. While I’m weary of the whole werewolf storyline, I did enjoy this story.
Movies I’ve Seen:
Red Riding Hood (2011) ~ Aesthetically, this movie is stunning. The contrast of Valerie’s red cloak against the pristine snow is absolutely breathtaking. But, the storyline leaves a lot to be desired. It has the feel of a Twilight knock-off, which in reality, it probably is.
Once Upon a Time (Seasons 1 and 2 specifically) ~ I know it isn’t a movie, but the ABC’s television series handles Red Riding Hood’s story correctly. I love the fact that one character is the hero and the villain.
Books I Want to Read:
Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguié ~ It is part of Simon & Schuster’s Once Upon a Time series. I have yet to read a novel in that series that I don’t like.
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce ~ It's another werewolf version, but it sounds interesting.
It is my goal to one day write a version of Red Riding Hood where the Big Bad Wolf is neither wolf nor werewolf, but a human. It can be done, and it will not be erotica. Maybe I should wrap up this post and get started . . .
What’s your opinion regarding Red Riding Hood? Have you read any retellings or seen any movies? Let me know in the comments!