Last week on ListVerse, a list of interest to readers here was shared: Top 10 Fairy Tale Reworkings by Ella McConnell. It makes an interesting list and not all of them are the usual suspects, but some are. (It seems Pan's Labyrinth always makes these lists now although it isn't a true fairy tale retelling.) This post of mine isn't about attacking the list--for it is a valid one for McConnell--but to inspire conversation about our own lists. Some of her choices make some of my "most important" lists and some wouldn't be anywhere near my own list. For example, I'd replace The Princess and the Frog with Tangled in a heartbeat. I'd keep Shrek and The Bloody Chamber, of course. And so on and so on. I'd have to think about it more and I wouldn't really be able to choose a top ten unless under severe duress.
My question is: What is your top ten list of fairy tale retellings?
Here's McConnell's introduction:
Most will agree that fairy tales often form an integral part of our childhood. Whether it’s being read Ladybird’s Little Red Riding Hood, or watching Disney’s classic rendition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, chances are you know a good number of them off by heart. More recently our favorite fairy tales have been experiencing a resurgence in popularity, but not necessarily in the formats you might expect. Films, comic books, video games and more are all drawing inspiration from fairy tales these days (although some of these adaptations work better than others). Here follows what I hope is a handful of the more interesting ones; what some lack in flawless execution, they make up for in heart.
I don't want to copy any more of her comments and reasons for her list, but will provide the list of titles for easier reference and discussion here if you so choose. Do click through to read her reasons, but here are the titles: