Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Today's Obsession: Fairytale Retellings

As I recently finished reading “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer, I came across with this new literary trend: fairytale retellings... which is basically taking one famous classic kids fairytale and make it modern/distopian while keeping the bases. 
In movies, they call it a “reboot”.  
source: IG

If you think, that isn’t something new: 

- first it was Marvel/DC Comics superheros who got their own new stories with movies, 
- then (strictly books speaking) TV series 'Once Upon A Time' is doing the same thing since 2011, and even before that Alex Flinn wrote his nowdays version of 'Beauty and the Beast' that , 
- Seth Grahame-Smith did the same thing with "Pride and Prejudice" and made the story all about a zombie apocalypse.








Well, I dagged a little and if you’re interested in retellings, here’s my movie & books discoveries!


The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (books)
What I thought were self ending retellings of Cinderella and other famous princesses' stories happend to be a saga incorporating all of them! We start off with a cyborg Cinderella (Cinder), who works as a mechanic in New Beijing. In the following books, we'll me Scarlet (who I belive is Red Riding Hood), Cress (Rapunzel) and Winter (Snow White). Can't wait to read these and see how the author 'restyled' them!

Tales from the Kingdoms by Sarah Pinborough (books)
As opposed to Lunar Chronicles, these books are self conclusive reboots novels and their plus add is that they're beautifully illustrated.

Other Fairytale retellings (books)
- Beauty and the Cyborg by Miriam Ciraolo - only in Italian (The Beauty and the Beast retelling)
- Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell (Cinderella retelling)
- The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (One Thousand and One Nights retelling)  
- Captain Hook's true story by Pierdomenico Baccalario (Peter Pan retelling)
- Sleeping  Beauty's Dream by Luca Centi - my review HERE (Sleeping Beauty retelling, only in Italian)

Movies Retellings

Hook (1991) by Steven Spielberg. With Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Maggie Smith and Julia Roberts.
- The Brothers Gimm (2005) by Terry Gilliam. With Matt Damon, Heath Ledger and Monica Bellucci.
- Beastly (2011) by Daniel Barnz. With Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Neil Patrick Harris and Mary Kate Olsen
Sleeping Beauty (2011) by Julia Leigh. With Emily Browing, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie anLes Chantery.
- Red Riding Hood (2001) by Catherine Hardwicke. With Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke and Max Irons.

- Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) by Rupert Sanders. With Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth

- Mirror Mirror (2012) by Tarsem Singh. With Lily Collins, Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer
Hansel&Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) by Tommy Wirkola. With Jeremy RennerGemma Arterton and Peter Stormare 
Hansel & Gretel Get Baked (2013) by  Duane Journey. Molly C. QuinnMichael WelchLara Flynn Boyle and Andrew James Allen
Maleficent (2014) by Robert Stromberg. With Elle Fanning, Angelina Jolie and Sam Riley.
- Pan (2015) by Joe Wright. With Levi Miller, Rooney Mara, Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund 

As far as I'm concerned, I loved 'Mirror,Mirror' and 'Hook'...they're hilarious and Lily Collins and Julia Roberts are stunning! 'Beastly'....the book is better. I have mixed fellings for 'Maleficent' and I wish they never did 'The Brothers Grimm', but I have to admit that make up and costumes are brilliant!  
I never saw the others, and I think I'll never going to watch 'Hansel and Gretel get baked', which is only one thing to me: pointless.

Well, this is it. I hope you enjoyed this "retellings brainstorming" and let me know in the comments if I missed some books or movies!



Photo credits: goodreads.com & impawards.com

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