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Characters We Know and Love

The most recent Batman movie (The Dark Knight Rises)—no spoilers here—got me thinking about recurring iterations of characters that we know and love.  Clearly, with the recent release of a number of superhero movies, people love to see their favorite characters back in action for more adventures.

Alongside these superhero stories, we see fairy tale characters re-emerge in popular culture.  Did you see Snow White and the Huntsman, Red Riding Hood, or Black Swan?

According to YA blogger Kristin Halbrook, “Fairy tales have endured for hundreds of years for a reason: they are a mix of the simple and the complex; they appeal to our sense of moral justice, romance and longing; their themes are universal; and they often include a surprise twist that keeps us entertained.”

And, they have great and interesting characters.  Check out these YA titles that may change the way you think these classic stories.

Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

The tale of Sleeping Beauty and the dark tale of the Holocaust twined together in a story of darkness and redemption.

Ash by Malinda Lo

In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King’s Huntress whom she loves.

Beastly by Alex Flinn

A modern retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Mourning the loss of his mother, David finds comfort in the books she left behind. But soon the make-believe world of the books melds with David’s reality, and the figments of his imagination become startlingly real.

One Response

  1. I loved, loved, loved Ash. And I found it because of this blog post. Thank you so much for doing this. I thought it was an incredible book. Thanks again.

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