The Best Retellings in the World (do not doubt my opinion)

There’s no hiding it; our community loves retellings of our favorite classics (or historical events). And that, my friends, is why I am here today. To recommend to YOU my favorite fictional retellings.

I’m mostly excluding historical fiction books … because they are all retellings, of a sort. So just letting ya know. πŸ˜‰

So now, lettuce begin! (Please do enjoy! πŸ˜€ )


Tiger Lily

Peter Pan

I am obsessed with Peter Pan. He is, like, great or something. Whatever. This, this, however, has increased that obsession tenfold.

Tiger Lily explores different parts of Neverland that we never quite got to see; explore all of the open-ended plot bunnies left from the original book. The whole tone of the book is … achingly bittersweet. The perfect definition of hiraeth, IMO.

If I had to suggest just one book from this list, I would say that it would have to be this one. ❀


Splintered

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

I think that it is absolutely no secret that I adore this trilogy. While Splintered isn’t exactly a retelling – it is more of a sequel – I think that it perfectly encompasses Lewis Carroll’s world, while Ms Howard offers up some of her own imagination.

Alyssa may be … less than enjoyable, but Morpheus isΒ to die for. Of course, I also love Chessie, too.

Basically, it is a Burtonified Wonderland that I actually loved better than the, well, Tim Burton movies.


Stalking Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper

Aha! Our first historical retelling! SJtR is, obviously, a retelling of the famed Jack the Ripper murder trials. Not only that, but it also takes serious inspiration from Sherlock. Two retellings in one! Whoo!

There’s so much sass packed into these books, while also giving us the rich, gothic coloring of Victorian England. ❀

I also loved delving into the Ripper trials. There really isn’t that much historical for this murderer so Ms Maniscalco takes a lot of creative liberties that just drew me in even more!


Every Breath

Sherlock

OMG. I CANNOT EXPLAIN MY LOVE FOR THIS TRILOGY. (Except … I have not read the third book? Because they do not have it in America??? #tragedy πŸ˜₯ ) I … I don’t even know what this series is. A sequel? Definitely not a “true” retelling. I mean, in the second book Rachel literally goes to the Sherlock Holmes museum. So, um yeah. That happened.

But that aside! I love Mycroft. ❀ He is such a dark and tortured soul – whom I disturbingly relate to – and is mysterious, but also well developed. And I might add, the Every series is the only teen-sleuthing book that I have been able to digest, let alone love. Everything about them is pure perfection.


The Lunar Chronicles

Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Snow White

Okay, I think that just about everybody has heard of this series, but I still had to put them on here. πŸ˜‰

I’ll admit, my favorite were the first two books, mainly because I had a hard time digesting the sci-fi aspects. (Oops.) BUT. They are sooo good! Ms Meyers COMPLETELY makes this her own (which yes, I realize that I’ve said that about every book on this list), so that I was kept guessing the entire time.

Basically, if you haven’t yet, you should definitely read this series.

(And who else thinks that Netflix should make this into a show? It would be fabulous!)


Want more? Here are some honorable mentions:

Roseblood (Phantom of the Opera)

Fawkes (The Gunpowder Plot)

The Dark Endeavor (Frankenstein)

Between Shades of Gray (WWII)


Hey guys! Tell me, what is YOUR favorite retelling? I would love some recs! I absolutely adore them! ❀ (Frankenstein and Peter Pan are my faves) Have you read any of the ones on my list? Which are your favorites? Let’s talk!

11 thoughts on “The Best Retellings in the World (do not doubt my opinion)

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  1. Oh, cool post! Was just saying maybe an hour ago that i haven’t read retellings but maybe i’d like them, so i need to investigate. And then you post just came up on my reader πŸ˜€
    Best timing ever!

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