Ah, but I kid you not. There are several questions that come into play here, namely “why?” and perhaps “how?”. To be honest, I am not even entirely sure how it came about. One day, I was commenting on a post about some book that was a retelling of some story or another. My comment was something along the lines of “I am not really into retellings, I tend to be a bit wary of them”, which turned into my standard response whenever someone was reviewing or discussing some fairy tale-inspired book. But, I haven’t even given them a chance, so how is this a fair assessment? It isn’t. And I should really remedy this situation.
With my second confession, I will answer what I assume is the “Why?”: I didn’t really like fairy tales growing up. Or really, any fantasy. I was an oddly realistic child, and favored more realistic fiction to anything with fantasy elements.
Again, no idea why. But eventually, I did come around to fantasy, though my mantra had been the same “I don’t get along with high fantasy” until I read The Grisha series. I think I feel that if I didn’t like a Disney version of some fairy tale, why would I want to try it again? But I think that is selling the book short, so I am vowing to fix this problem. By the end of the year, I need to read a retelling! Plus there are a lot of upcoming books and new releases that sound really good and have fairy tale elements in them. But, since I want to get on board with them and not be turned off for life, I need to know: Which should I start with?
So let’s discuss! Do you read and enjoy retellings? Do you have a favorite? Or are you strange like me and refuse to read them?