Has anyone noticed the massive appearance of fairy tale rellings in YA books lately? I know that teen trends tend to go in cycles, and things that were once down come back (think of all the vampire books we had right after Twilight, for example). However, there are an AMAZING amount of retellings showing up in YA, and they’re capturing all sorts of readers- not just the romantic types you might expect. These books are drawing from diverse backgrounds of legends and cultures to create their worlds, and those details are attracting teens in abundance. If you look at YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten for 2014, which is voted on by the teens, two of the ten books are fairy tale re-imaginings. And more are on board for 2015!
Epic Reads released a massive chart of 162 retellings detailing not only the books but also what tale they come from, and I’m not about to try to duplicate their wonderful work. Instead I’ve pulled the covers of the fairy tales that are popular with my teens to share; the next post will be about the ones coming soon!
Are these being read by your teens? Share in the comments!