Captain America's Favorite Fairytale Retellings

Okay, okay. I know you never would have expected Captain America to like fairytales and yada yada yada.

But guess what?

I really enjoy fairytale retellings (notice how I didn't say love). Especially those retellings that take the fairytale and give it a more realistic twist and take place in a modern-day setting.

Because let's face it, I was pulled from World War II, where computers were a dream and dresses were a lot longer... Way longer. *clears throat*

What was I saying? Right. I was yanked from WWII and dropped here, no one cared if I wanted to or not. I have no idea what happened to Peggy. People think I should be honored to hold the title: Man out of Time.

Which reminds me that I am, in fact, out of time. Stark is taking me and Thor to some gadget festival in a bit. I may or may not be interest.

As I was saying, I really enjoy fairytale retellings. Kudos to those authors who write them, because while it sounds like they've got a break from coming up with an 'original idea', they've got it harder in a different way. They have to take a fairytale, keep the key elements (say Cinderella's glass slipper), and weave an entirely different story.

But there are so many out there. Some of them are incredible, others aren't that great. And I'd like to feature some of the ones I've loved recently, some of them that make my writing look worse than the bottom of Hulk's feet. No offense, Hulk, I know you can't see the bottom of your feet.

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Of all the fairytale retellings I've read, CINDER by Marissa Meyer (and it's sequel SCARLET) take the cake. The execution of the classic fairytale, Cinderella, is played into a futuristic world where Cinder is a cyborg - with a robotic foot. It's an incredible read with mind-boggling world-building, dynamic characters, and a plotline that will seize you in a grip tighter than Hulk's.

Splintered (Splintered, #1)
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

If CINDER had to share its cake (and success) with another novel, it would have to be SPLINTERED. A retelling of the whimsical classic ALICE IN WONDERLAND, this electrifying debut features a dark world that is filled with vivid imagery (a must in a world full of whimsy), characters that will steal your heart, a little like Thor, and a story that will keep you flipping the pages faster than you can read them. It's deliciously dark.

Scarlet (Scarlet #1)
Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance.
Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.

I'm a fan of taking from the rich and giving to the poor. Moreover, I'm a fan of Robin Hood. And to see a different twist on the lives of one of his greatest men - who happens to be a girl - was loads of fun. She's a broken soul set on avenging herself and her group of thieves. I'm all for avenging.

Strands of Bronze and Gold (Strands of Bronze and Gold, #1)
Glowing strands of romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this breathtaking debut—a thrilling retelling of the “Bluebeard” fairy tale

STRANDS OF BRONZE AND GOLD was good in a simpler way. It didn't have the thrill of CINDER or SPLINTERED, but its a retelling of Bluebeard in a historical setting with a sweeter and dangerous touch. As a retelling of one of the lesser known fairytales, the author did well in capturing the beauty and essence of quiet danger of the world.

Sweetly (Fairytale Retellings, #2)
As a child, Gretchen's twin sister was taken by a witch in the woods. Ever since, Gretchen and her brother, Ansel, have felt the long branches of the witch's forest threatening to make them disappear, too.

Years later, when their stepmother casts Gretchen and Ansel out, they find themselves in sleepy Live Oak, South Carolina. They're invited to stay with Sophia Kelly, a beautiful candy maker who molds sugary magic: coveted treats that create confidence, bravery, and passion.

Hansel and Gretel with a sweeter and more evil catch. The characters are older and the threat more dangerous. It's full of candy, so I'm sure Stark would love it. And I'm pretty sure you will too - the fairytale vibe is definitely captured within the pages. It was undeniably sweet --and evil.


  1. Not sure whether to quietly take off my glasses and sigh at this post or...


    - Hulk

    (My alter ego also mentions she loves fairy tale retellings, like Cinder and Scarlet. Especially Cinder and Scarlet. Because Scarlet has Wolf. Ah. Wolf.)

  2. Ah! Cinder! I adore Cinder! And when you said "Splintered" is on the same level, I reserved it. Instantly. Also Sweetly looks very interesting, too. Also reserved. :) Fairy tale retellings are awesome. I want to write my own, actually, but so far it hasn't worked out.

  3. Have you ever read "Entwined" by Heather Dixon? :/ Very good retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses! :D

  4. These all sound awesome. I've read SCARLET (seeing as how my retelling is of the Robin Hood variety) and I've been meaning to read CINDER for a long time. Now I shall look up these others as well. Love retellings :)

  5. Huh. So the Cap likes fairytales. Who'd have thought it?

    -- Iron Man

    (Miriam says that she has read Cinder and really enjoyed it, but hasn't had the chance to read Scarlet yet. The Cinder-sequel Scarlet, not the other one. Damn all these multiple names! Might have to look into that other Scarlet, though, as Robin Hood's always been a favourite.)

  6. I loved Scarlet as well! It was such a beautiful novel :D

  7. Some of my favorites from from Jessica Day George - Princess of the Midnight Ball, Princess of Glass, and Princess of the Silver Woods. :) It's a great retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses.

    I'll have to check out Entwined, the one The Magic Violinist mentioned. :)