10 Enchanting YA Books That Are Actually Based on a Classic Fairy Tale
If you’ve ever seen Hilary Duff in A Cinderella Story, then you’re well aware that modern re-imaginations of classic fairy tales (Cinderella in particular!) can be downright epic. While it may seem kind of boring to read the same story over and over again, the twists and turns that the author chooses to add can wind up making the book feel nostalgic and familiar, yet somehow completely unique at the same time.
A lot of the time, authors who try their hand at re-doing a classic tale take common criticisms (i.e. that they are totally sexist) and flip them upside-down: gender-swapping, queering characters and turning the damsel into the hero. Keep reading to see 10 contemporary adaptations of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella.
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1), by Marissa Meyer
This first book in The Lunar Chronicles series is Cinderella, cyborg-style! Linh Cinder, the main character, is part-human, part-robot living in New Beijing, a war torn city in Asia, and a ravenous disease is wiping out the population. Of course, the classic elements of the Disney fave are there: a glamorous ball and a dashing, young prince, too! If you're not already sold on adding this book to your reading list: there are three sequels AND a prequel — all of which are based on a different fairy tale!
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