Some stories never get old.
Fairytales aren't just for kids anymore. A lot of modern fairytale adaptations have seen huge success in recent years—proving that a great tale well told will always find an audience.
A recent favorite of mine: "Geekerella" by Ashley Poston. It's got (cosplay) balls, an evil stepmother, and—of course—a dashing prince. The modern take on Cinderella offers a fun sci-fi twist, bringing the age-old tale to the modern world.
Here are a few other popular titles that borrow from fairytales:
Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez (a retelling of The Little Mermaid)
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (a retelling of Hercules)
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (another Cinderella revamp)
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust (a Snow White retelling)
The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (a One Thousand and One Nights retelling)
What's interesting to me is that publishers don't seem to tire of these retellings—and neither do readers (myself included). It seems that some stories, no matter how many times they've been told, never lose their charm.
As a writer, it's deeply inspiring. What more could an author wish for, than to write something that people enjoy again—and again and again and again?
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