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Young Adult Fairy Tales

In 1979, Robin McKinley wrote Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast, a book that bridges the gap between middle grade and young adult. McKinley has since written quite a few fairy tale adaptations. She frequently returns to the story and theme of “Beauty and the Beast” in her other YA novels such as Sunshine.

Please read the first chapter, available via Amazon’s “Look Inside”

Beauty and the Beast type tales are frequently adapted for Young Adults, but so too are many other fairy tales. As with the middle-grade stories, there are many authors who are prolific at writing fairy tale adaptations, for example, Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles), Donna Jo Napoli, Jackson Pearce, Shannon Hale, Sarah J. Maas, Melanie Dickerson, Althea Kontis, and many many others.

In this playlist, you’ll find a sampling of official and unofficial book trailers of some recent ones.

Blanca and Roja by Ann-Marie McLemore

Please read the preview of this recent fairy tale adaptation by the writer Ann-Marie McLemore. They have created a unique blend of several stories including swan stories, Snow White and Rose Red, and intertwined various elements of Mexican folktales and mythology. Themes in the novel include a search for identity as the sisters try to navigate a family curse and whether people must be what has been dictated to them at birth.

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  1. In this page, I would like to state my idea and opinion of the adaption of familiar fairy tales. Adaption of stories that are written long ago does have its meaningful and beneficial places. Firstly, this help to re-showcase the stories to today’s young readers. As we all know, different generations have different understanding to stories. Some stories which are familiar to the last generations may not be as familiar to the next generation. At this point, adaption does narrow the gap. Secondly, adaption can help to make the words and expression cater to today’s people’s reading habits. Taking Chinese old stories for example, they are written in ancient Chinese expression which cannot be understood by today’s people if not having a special train. However, I still encourage more new fairy tales of high quality will appear as adaption may cause the fatigue to re-read the story no matter how good it is.

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