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.
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.
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.
Bad girls burn hot…
Red is the color of Kia Alcott's hair.
It's her temper, which blazes hot and always gets Kia into way too much trouble.
And it's the color of fire. Fires that Kia can start…just by thinking about them.
Hmm, so maybe a version that has no werewolf?
What’s your opinion regarding Red Riding Hood? Have you read any retellings or seen any movies? Let me know in the comments!