Thursday, August 11, 2011

Top 10 Fairy Tale Reworkings at ListVerse

Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile Shrek: The Whole Story Boxed Set (Shrek / Shrek 2 / Shrek the Third / Shrek Forever After) The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories

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:

The 10th Kingdom

Shrek: The Whole Story Boxed Set (Shrek / Shrek 2 / Shrek the Third / Shrek Forever After)

The Princess and The Frog (Three Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

7. The Path (This is a video game which I have discussed on SurLaLune here and here.)

Enchanted (Widescreen Edition)

The Brothers Grimm

The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories (Penguin Ink)

Revolting Rhymes

Pan's Labyrinth Pan's Labyrinth [Blu-ray]

Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile

Thanks to Lisa S. for also sharing the link to this list! It was off and on my radar...

1 comment:

  1. The Fables comic series is an excellent read for those who love fairytales and folktales.

    Why are there so many movies in the list? Do people not read anymore?

    P.S. I'm here because I just finished Curse as Dark as Gold, a fantasy novel based on Rumplestilskin and the Surlalune website was mentioned in it. I was quite startled that the author mentioned a "Jewish" interpretation of this classic tale so I had to go to Surlalune to check it out.

    I'd just like to compliment you on having this great blog and website.