My venturing into YA started when Teacher Chick (who has asked to be referred to as Hot Teacher Chick on this blog much to my amusement) and I were discussing fairy tales, specifically books based on the fairy tales that we loved as children. She had just finished reading Briar Rose by Jane Yolen (retelling of Sleeping Beauty set during the Holocaust) and I’d just discovered Bound by Donna Jo Napoli (a retelling of Cinderella set during the Ming Dynasty in China, usually shelved in the 9-12 year old section). We decided that we wanted to do a back forth on Children’s/Young Adult books based on fairy tales and how that affected our own perceptions of these tales as we got older. This, of course, necessitated that we read more books (oh darn), and for that I need your help.
I know that Yolen’s book falls into a series of fairy tale retellings from Tor Teen, but I haven’t had a chance to track them down. If you have any favorites, or know of any particularly well written titles that we should read, please pass that information along. Furthermore if you know of any books or websites that discuss the origins of the fairy tales Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and others, we’d love to hear about it.
Every once in a while we like to prove that we still use the analytical skills we learned in college, but we need help from your collective brains to make it so. Also I would love to hear your thoughts on fairy tale retellings. Do they work for you? Are you thrown when something uses elements you recognize from a well known fairy tale or does it enrich the experience for you? Does this factor in at all when you are reading?