Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Red Riding Hood Leads Pack of Fairy Tale Remakes


It's a fairy tale March! Fresh on the heels of Beastly, now Red Riding Hood comes out Friday. And never before has a movie trailer reeled us in so shamelessly...

Meet Valerie (Amanda Seyfried), a young woman who's in love with this brooding orphan guy (my, how sexy you are, Shiloh Fernandez). But her parents have arranged for her to marry this rich guy (Max Irons isn't shabby either). Then, Valerie's sister gets killed by a werewolf that stalks their medieval village. Turns out, the werewolf is masquerading as a human...but who? The movie is directed by Catherine Hardwicke (of Twilight fame).

Anyway, if you looked as gorgeous as Seyfried in a crimson cloak and had an afternoon to kill wandering in the woods (amid pure white snow, of course), what would be playing on your iPod? Someone at flavorwire thought of this very question and answered it for us! Check it out

So, if you like Little Red, check out these other "fractured" fairy tales. Beware: They aren't the versions Grandma told you:

Looks aren't everything, right? Kyle, a stuck-up private school guy, thinks so until he snubs the wrong Goth girl. She turns him into a monster who must find true love. Good luck when you look like this (see trailer above).

Thankfully, not everyone judges a book by its cover. The movie came out March 4 and stars Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, and Mary-Kate Olsen. Read the book, based on Beauty and the Beast, and see how they compare!

Cloaked in Red
By Vivian Vande Velde

This new book  starts off with a hilarious intro that rips on the traditional Little Red Riding Hood tale and then presents eight new twists, some creepy and some funny -- all entertaining.

Sisters Red

In Scarlett and Rosie March's world, Fenris (werewolves in the guise of handsome men) seduce and devour innocent young girls. Scarlett and Rosie are hunters -- Scarlett wears a red cloak that conceals her hatchets; Rosie's expertise is knives. This grim fairy tale follows the two sisters who were attacked by a wolf-in-salesman's-clothing.

Red Rider's Hood

After learning that there are werewolves in his city, 16-year-old Red is even more surprised to discover the identities of the hunters who drove them out decades earlier. He sets out to infiltrate the Wolves gang and destroy them for good.


A Kiss in Time 
By Alex Flinn 

By the author of Beastly, Princess Talia persuades 17-year-old Jack, the modern-day boy who kissed her awake after a 300-year snooze, to take her to his Miami home where she hopes to win his love before the witch who cursed her can spirit her away.

A princess and her maid suffer years of punishment locked in a tower. They plan to escape to the lands of the princess’s true love, where both must hide their identities.

By Donna Jo Napoli

In a novel based on Chinese Cinderella tales, 14-year-old stepchild Xing-Xing endures a life of neglect and servitude, as her stepmother cruelly mutilates her own daughter’s feet so that she alone might marry well.

By Robin McKinley

Princess Sylviianel is ceremonially bound to Ebon, her own Pegasus, on her 12th birthday. The two species coexist peacefully, despite the language barriers separating them. Humans and pegasi both rely on specially-trained Speaker magicians to communicate. But Sylvi and Ebon can understand each other. They quickly grow so close that their bond becomes a threat to the status quo -- and possibly to the future safety of their two nations.

By Donna Jo Napoli

Looks like a beast. Acts like a beast. Yet isn't. Orasmyn is actually a Persian prince who, because of his pride in regard to an ancient ritual, angers a fairy, or pari. The pari transforms Orasmyn into a lion, which sets a powerful curse in motion. Find out who the Beast was before Beauty redeemed him.


Beauty grows to love the Beast and, through her love, releases him from the spell which had turned him from a handsome prince into an ugly beast.

Twenty years after she wrote Beauty, author Robin McKinley returns to the story with a fresh perspective in this haunting exploration of the transformative power of love through the tale of Beauty and the Beast.

A young woman's promise to her dying grandmother leads her on a quest to discover the truth of her own family's mysterious beginnings in this retelling of the classic fairy tale Briar Rose, or Sleeping Beauty, in which the heroine is trapped in Nazi Germany. 

In this continuation to the Cinderella story, 15-year-old Ella finds that accepting Prince Charming's proposal ensnares her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette -- so she plots to escape. 

In this Cinderella-based novel, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.

By Gail Cason Levine

Remember Lucinda from Ella Enchanted? Well, now her magic mirror is creating havoc in the Kingdom of Ayortha; where singing and beauty are prized above all. There is a girl, Aza,with the most beautiful singing voice who wants nothing more than to be pretty, and there is the new queen of Ayortha who is beautiful but can not sing. When their paths cross, all things good and bad happen.

When 16-year-old Cara, a girl ugly enough to break mirrors, is drawn to a place where everyone can be beautiful, her deepest desire is to return home to say goodbye – and to get revenge.

Harpist prodigy Moira is transported to a strange and mystical wilderness where the 16-year-old finds herself in the middle of a deadly struggle between a magical fox and a monstrous troll. 


Pay the Piper: A Rock 'n' Roll Fairy Tale

The band Brass Rat is hugely popular among teens, but when all the children of Northampton begin to disappear on Halloween, 14-year-old Callie suspects the rock stars may have a magical hold over their fans.


In this retelling of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, Princess Sonora, who is ten times smarter than anyone else, vows to choose for herself the best time to be pricked by the spindle. 

In this Old West retelling, Rapunzel uses her hair as a lasso and to take on outlaws – including the witch who stole her from her family.

Sequel:  Calamity Jack


Rumpelstiltskin Problem
By Vivian Vande Velde

From the author of Cloaked in Red, this is a collection of variations on the familiar story of a boastful miller and the daughter he claims can spin straw into gold.

A master storyteller spins two new fairy tales and retells two cherished classics, all featuring princesses touched with or by magic.

The infant princess Briar Rose is cursed on her name day by Pernicia, an evil fairy, and then whisked away by a young fairy to be raised in a remote part of a magical country where she's unaware of her real identity and hidden from Pernicia's vengeful powers.

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