Folk tales have fascinated and captivated audiences for hundreds upon hundreds of years. Why is that? What makes them so enduring? Well, the answer is simple. They continue to hold relevance for society and its’ problems, wants and needs. The trapping surrounding the same fundamental principles and messages in these stories can be adapted to fit the needs of any age. I could go through and analyze exactly why these tales are still so relevant to us, but I’ll save that for another day (spoiler alert! My future blog posts are about to become a bit more Grimm, pardon the pun).
Movie and television adaptations are on the rise, but book adaptations have been making an appearance for much longer. In fact, those classic tales that we all love and make adaptations from today, such as Grimm’s fairy tales, were themselves adaptations. If we really wanted to go back to the original oral tales we’d be hard pressed to find the very first person who told the story, as they are long long gone from this world. Today I am focusing on those novel adaptations that I believe best represent the genre. These novels span folk tales from Cinderella, with Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted, all the way to The Twelve Dancing Princesses, with Heather Dixon’s Entwined. If you like folk tales, trust me you’ll want to curl up with one of these good books. So, dream of a rainy day, a cozy fire, and go ahead and indulge yourself.
20 Folk Tale Adaptations in Literature to Curl Up With On a Rainy Day
#20 Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
#19 Beastly by Alex Flinn
#18 Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
#17 Entwined by Heather Dixon
#16 Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley
#15 East by Edith Pattou
#14 Just Ella By Margaret Peterson Haddix
#13 The Fire Rose By Mercedes Lackey
#12 Zel By Donna Jo Napoli
#11 Briar Rose By Jane Yolen
#10 Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister By Gregory Maguire
#9 Deerskin By Robin McKinley
#8 Beast By Donna Jo Napoli
#7 Enchantment By Orson Scott Card
#6 Beauty By Robin McKinley
#5 Wildwood Dancing By Juliet Marillier
#4 Cinder By Marissa Meyer
#3 The Two Princesses of Bamarre By Gail Carson Levine
#2 Daughter of the Forest By Juliet Marillier
#1 Ella Enchanted By Gail Carson Levine
Did you notice any books that I didn’t include that you think should be added to the list? Sound off below…
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