Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New and Upcoming Retellings

It's been ages since I last did a New and Upcoming Retellings post, which means there are LOTS of retellings that have come out and that are announced. Here's what I've been able to gather. I'd love to hear about any that you have heard about! See my previous retellings posts and my master list of classic retellings and fairy tale retellings. (My thanks to Bonnie at A Backwards Story for blogging about many of the fairy tale retellings coming out.  She's got some fabulous lists and reviews of fairy tale retellings on her site.  Check it out!)

Already released:

Gorgeous by Paul Rednick, released April 2013, a contemporary retelling of Cinderella

A Midsummer Night's Scream by R.L. Stine, released July 2013, a retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare

Gris Grimly's Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, illustrated by Gris Grimly, released August 2013, creepily retells Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody, released October 2013, retelling Robin Hood

Roses by G.R. Mannering, released November 2013, retelling Beauty and the Beast

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, released January 2014, retelling Beauty and the Beast (and apparently some Greek mythology too)

Splintered by A.G. Howard came out over a year ago, but the sequel Unhinged released in January 2014 and the third title, Ensnared, is coming in January 2015, all of them retelling Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Exposure by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes came out in January 2013, retelling Macbeth by Shakespeare.  Anyone But You published on January 2014 retelling Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare (I mentioned their Tempestuous in a previous New and Upcoming Retellings post)

Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout, released February 2014, retelling Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare (and, apparently, Hamlet by Shakespeare)

The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman, released February 2014, retelling Snow White and various other fairy tales

While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell, released February 2014, retelling Sleeping Beauty

Wayfarer by Lili St. Crow, released March 2014, retelling Cinderella

The Mirk and Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson, released March 2014, retelling Tam Lin

A Phantom Enchantment by Eve Marie Mont, released March 2014, retelling The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

Second Star by Alyssa Scheinmel, released May 2014, retelling Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Cinderella's Dress by Shonna Slayton, released June 2014, retelling Cinderella

The Stepsister's Tale by Tracey Barrett, released June 2014, retelling Cinderella

Not Yet Released:

Wild by Alex Mallory, coming July 2014, retelling Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen, coming July 2014, retelling Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Frostborn by Lou Anders, first in a new series called Thrones and Bones, coming August 2014, based on Norse mythology and folklore

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth, finally coming to the US in September 2014, retelling Rapunzel

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer, coming September 2014, retelling Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire, coming September 2014 (I think?), featuring Baba Yaga of Russian folklore fame

Stray by Elissa Sussmann, coming October 2014, more of a fairy-tale-esque story featuring fairy godmothers

Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis, coming October 2014, retelling Snow White

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios, coming October 2014, inspired by The Arabian Nights

Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay, coming December 2014, retelling Sleeping Beauty

Crown Of Ice by Vicki Weavil, coming December 2014, retelling The Snow Queen

Fairest by Marissa Meyer, coming January 2015, retelling Snow White (the queen's backstory anyway)

Love, Lucy by April Lindner, coming January 2015, retelling A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

Dearest by Alethea Kontis, coming February 2015, retelling The Wild Swans and Goose Girl

Any you can think of I missed? What are you most excited for?

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  1. Look at all those awesome books! Overwhelming! Well, I did at least read one of them... Alias Hook is reviewed on my blog this very today. :)

    1. Ooh, I'll have to go check out your review! I've been wondering about that one. And I know what you mean about overwhelming - I've waited WAAAAY to long :)

  2. Thanks for the list! Sometimes I wonder whether retellings are an homage to the underlying work or just a rip-off, but I like it when it's done well (with enough new material to make it worth reading and to justify the royalties paid to the new author).

    1. Yes! Definitely there are good ones and ones that are too dependent on the original. When they are done well, they are wonderful!


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