Oct 26 2012 12:00pm

Day #8: Twisted Fairy Tales

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karen lee Hallam
1. karen lee Hallam
Cinderella, because as a child I felt it was my life, and I was waiting for a way out of the darkness and place for a happily ever after.
karen lee Hallam
2. Danielle D
One of my all time favorites is The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman
Ann Sheiring
3. Annwitch
I love Disney's Sleeping Beauty. It was one I actually saw in theaters when they rereleased it when I was little. When Malificent turned into a dragon it scared the pants off me. That giant dragon on screen, yikes! I love the story of how the prince saved Beauty, very romantic.
Nichole Magante
4. suchadork
I love the story of Hansel and Gretal. I think it's amazing to discover a house made out of sweets and two children to outwit an evil witch.
shauna rushing
5. shauna23
Beauty and the Beast has to be my favorite. The Disney classic captivated me since I was a little girl and still continues to do so now as an adult. The love story is unforgettable, but even more, I will always picture Belle with a book in her hand or singing, "I just want more than this provincial life!". More than anything, I love Beauty and the Beast so much because there's so many interesting ways to reimagine the tale, the love story especially. To me, it illistrates in such a pure way that it's never too late for a second chance, or to become a better person.
Lori Dibert
7. Sonata917
Cinderella - I have always loved this story and dreamed of my prince charming.
karen lee Hallam
8. Katy L
It's a toss-up between two. The first is a variation on Beauty & the Beast called East of the Sun, West of the Moon. I like that the girl can come to love the bear though he's not even human, and that she goes through many trials to save him in the end. The other is The Twelve Dancing Princesses. It's partly because of the imagery of the underground world, and partly because I like the non-traditional twist that the hero isn't young.
Heather Coulter
9. BBMoreB
I have 2 favorites

Pinocchio- My grandfather was a woodcarver (nothing like Geppetto) but he would tell me his version of this story while craved.

Rapunzel - I always loved her hair; I know crazy reason right - but I wanted to be her when I grew up.
Desiree Thompson
10. desiree1612
Hard question! I think that I have to go with The Little Mermaid (original story, not Disney). It's such a creepy and beautiful story! Plus in the Disney version, the sea which is rad!
Melissa Hulett
11. mchulett
Beauty and the Beast will always be my favorite. I love that the Beast finds redemption through his love for Beauty. As a kid, Beauty and the Beast was my favorite Disney movie and as an adult, I love new and re-imagined versions of this story.
Michelle Gorman
12. BookLoverChelle
I'm a big fan of Beauty and the Beast. The story of finding love behind the outer appearance has always appealed to me. And according to the Disney story, Belle's a reader so I've always loved that!
Jennifer Walter
13. jlc341
I always like Cinderella. I always identified with her working so hard without recognition and then one day her life turns around.
14. wsl0612
I always loved the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty because of the three fairy godmothers :-)
Heather Rizzuti
16. heatherbartley
Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale. Mercedes Lackey wrote a great fantasy novel/light romance called The Fire Rose. It is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in circa 1900 California near San Fransisco. A mage had bungled a spell to change into a werewolf, so he looked rather wolfish all of the time. He hired a smart female assistant (who was down on her luck) to help him with his research to reverse the spell. A little romance ensues. It was really cool.
karen lee Hallam
17. Karen H in NC
I had a big book of Grimm's Fairy Tales that my mother would read to me nearly every night. Never got tired of those stories. I think my favorite was Snow-White and Rose-Red.
Victoria Sloboda
18. jovial_1
My faovrite Fairy Tale was always PussNBoots. I just loved the cat with sucha cool hat and a sword too :).
Krysten Michelsen
19. krysskross
I always liked Rapunzel. Especially the new animated Tangled :)
Michaela Hutchinson
20. mmh5069
I love Beauty and the Beast! (uh, have you seen that library?!) The story isn't just the typical "boy meets girl, they fall in love" story. The beast has to earn Belle's love and prove himself. It's a kids' version of an angsty love story!
Norma Smith
21. Nsmith442
I have two favorite fariytales! 1. Cinderella, because what woman wouldn't want to meet the man of thrir dreams, just by going to a dance. Knowing he will find you in the end, what a sweet dream. #2. Snow White. Seven men, what a dream that would be. I wonder how many different way's a man could love a women?
Maycee Majors
22. Keeyansmom04
Oh it's sooo hard to choose! As a little girl I always loved fairy tales! Princes and happily ever after!.. As I got older I liked the Grimm takes because the darker versions were so much fun to read! I loved Hansel and Gretel until I read "Candy Houses" by Shiloh Walker.. Now I hate Hans! ;0) hmmm ... I think I'm going to have to say Beauty and the Beast.. Belle is the atypical heroine in that she is smart and relies on herself and her intuition.. And the Beast has got classic reformed bad boy written all over him!.. And I'm a sucker for " Happily Ever After"
23. lasvegasnv
I like Cinderella because she could sing and was nice.
24. caseroo7
I would have to say Cinderella. I could relate to it growing up with the family situations i had. (a stepmom who didn't like me!) I always connected with her the most over any other Fairy Tales.
Penni DePaul
25. penniloafers9
Sleeping Beauty. The love story about her not knowing she's a princess and meets her true love (who happens to be a prince) and they can marry when her true herritage is revealed is awesome. Plus they battle against a witch named Maleficent who can change into a dragon! How cool is that?
Jordan R
28. jrojrojro
I'm a Beauty and the Beast fanatic! I did my senior thesis on Beauty and the Beast and why we continue to retell the story and why people of all ages seem to love it. I think more than half of the books on my top-favorite-books-of-all-time list are in some form retellings of Beauty and the Beast.
Riley Moreland
29. ramore
The Frog Prince. I remember the picture book I read as a child. There are so many underlying messages in that story. With any luck, some of them might have actually sank in!
Jessica Whitfield
30. firebreathingmoo
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. The Disney cartoon captured me as a child and I still enjoy watching it. "Hi Ho" is a personalized ringer on my phone when anyone from work calls me :) Plus, it teaches to never judge a book by it's cover. The Evil Queen was very beautiful on the outside.
31. Maris
Beauty and the Beast, because their love isn't based on physical appearances. It's beautiful to see how they come together naturally as they spend more time with each other.
Molly Frenzel
32. dg_molly
The Little Mermaid. I've loved it since the first time I read the original version. It's creepy.
33. MaryC
Beauty and The Beast - look beyond the packaging to what's inside.
Susan Scherzlein
34. Susan Scherzlein
I love Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast because both are about love overcoming all.
karen lee Hallam
35. Randi M.
Absolutely Beauty & The Beast. I always wanted to be Belle...with that library... And her father is so sweet. And I love how she "tames" the beast. And talking furniture. Love it. :)
Poppy Arakelian
36. tezzkatt7
I've always loved Beauty and the Beast. There is just something about it that I have always found so beautiful and romantic.
Nicole Neal
37. icecharm
They had us reading alot of fairy tales in school when I was a kid and I remember the ones with Baba Yaga in them the most, for some reason. Also, my grandma got me the Green Fairy Tale book and the Red one. I still have them.
Tanya Contois
38. tanyac
Definitely Sleeping Beauty because it has everything - an evil fairy, a curse, a dragon, and a handsome prince.
Irene Menge
39. Goldenmane
Don't know if you would consider this a fairy tale, but I like Peter Pan. I actually saw the musical on Broadway with Mary Martin as Peter Pan and Cyril Richard as Captain Hook. That was a long, long time ago. Just imagine, Mary Martin was the mother of Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing). A really long time ago.
Amber Strickland
40. amber123
Beauty and the Beast is my all-time favorite fairy tale. I love that Beauty is proactive; she doesn't just wait for the prince to come rescue her. She rescues the prince.
karen lee Hallam
41. EC Spurlock
Beauty and the Beast and all its variants. It's the only fairy tale in which the heroine has some agency, and isn't just a victim of circumstance or obligation waiting to be rescued. She has to rescue herself by transforming her captor with the only weapon women of her time had: civilization.
Linda Pierce
42. antydragn2
I have to admit I am a Beauty and the Beast fan. Of course, I love Malificent from Sleeping Beauty. OOPpppssss she isn't a good guy! LOL
Pam Howell
43. PicardsMom350
I can't decide - Cinderella - Beauty & the Beast and Little Mermaid top 3 !!
Melissa Hughes
44. loves2read
My favorite fairy tale is sleeping beauty and I don't have a reason why it has just been my favorite story since I read it when I was little.
Tatiana deCarillion
45. decarillion
Hmm... a fave. I'm not sure I have a favorite. I love so many of them, and when I was a child, I adored anything with a princess in it! How about a new book I just finished, Some Kind of Fairytale? :)
Rosalind McGarry
46. kui
Classic Lit: Rapunzel
Disney: Sleeping Beauty
Romance novel reinterpretaion: Beauty & the Beast
Maria Smith
47. TexasBookLover
Beauty and the Beast. I love how it shows that love is deeper than what is on the outside.
Suzann Schmid
48. Suzann9112
My favorite fairy tale is Sleeping Beauty. I like the idea of 3 fairy godmothers and one ticked off one. Rapunzel is a close second.
Ronald Sippel
49. Beambounder19
I love Hansel and Gretel, especially amongst the ORIGINAL UNEDITED Grimm's Fairy tales. Hansel and Gretel is a fairy tale great because it is all about things which appear to be more trustworthy,sweet, and delectable than they are. Not only does it sound more relevant in the 21st Century -than ever before -as a horrific tale of Strangers,Gluttony and Innocence devoured, but is symbolic of the age old battle -the love hate-between age and youth. I'd really like to win the Meyer and Arnette books ; or something in this vein ,because they are within this "strange" genre; of fairy tales. The REAL fairy tales parents NEVER TOLD us. Love your contest,thanks for a chance to win great books during the 13 days of Halloween.
Kierra Determan
50. Kiki3138
My favorite fairy tell as a child was Rapunzel. The reason why was mainly because I thought her hair was gorgeous.
Glenda Edwards
52. edwa6127
Beauty and the Beast because true beauty is within.
Ashley Morris
53. LadyScandal
I love Beauty and the Beast, because Beauty loves the Beast despite his appearances and the Beast doesn't fall in love with Beauty just because she's outwardly beautiful. Such a good lesson to teach people!

And have you seen the Beast's library? Swoooooon....
karen lee Hallam
54. natalie machowski
Beauty and the Beast is my all time favorite. I love the whole idea of true love lifting an awful curse.
Rajmeen Kahlon
55. rajgirl
My favourite fairy tale is beauty and the beast because one can do so much with the tale and turn it into their own.
Kelley Nolan
56. kelley1378
I had a book called Sapphire Fairy Tales that had some strange little fairy tales in it. I adored the entire book (mostly because of the artwork, I think), but my favorites were The Flying Trunk and Three Little Men of the Forest.

And yes, I had to google the book in order to find the names of the stories. It's so funny how I can remember the stories and pictures so vividly and yet forget the titles completely!
Kelly Nicholson
57. kelloggss
What is your favorite fairy tale and why?*

Cerese Sanborn
58. flowerpower
I love The Frog Prince, the 1986 film version, anyway!! I love it because the girl starts out alone and hated by her older sister, but she then befriends a frog, who then helps her become a proper princess!
59. indiangirl12
Beauty and the beast because to love someone is to see the inner beauty
Patricia German
61. bluemonday
Wow, hard one, I think I'll go with The Twelve Princesses, though hadn't thought of the story in years, until seeing it mentioned in another post
Mary Ann Brady
62. mirahana
The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Cannot beat the animated version with all the wonderful music.
63. MariaG
I always loved Sleeping Beauty. The prince fights a dragon for her, most other princes don't do a thing for their loves.
ramona glass
64. monag3
Cinderella of course. Its my fave because it applies to so many situations today.
Stacey VanMetre
65. mmc123456
The Little Mermaid--she's so feisty and such a great character!
Axyl Oblivion
66. PsychoticHatter
I have always loved the Jim Henson's Labyrinth from 1986 it's the movie with David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly! The story is so interesting and it's just a beautiful tale told by Jim Henson. (may not be an actual fairytale but that's too bad!!) The characters are amazing and the whole idea is wonderful!!!! :)
Ronda McLelland
Cinderella--she is strong and she does not take revenge (even though she may want to). I love that about her.
Traci Wallace
68. tracilynn
Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid. They were my favorite Disney movies as a child, and now as an adult I still love them all, the originals and the re-tellings.
elaine fisher
69. elfette
so many to choose from ... disney brought a lot of them to life ... so to speak ... new dreamworks helped with others ... they all have great messages to pass along.
karen lee Hallam
70. LButz2001
Grimm as rendered by NBC, so far my favourite has been Happily Ever Aftermath, a nice twist on Cinderella.
Angela Gradillas
71. Gradia
Robin McKinley wrote a couple of lovely retellings of Beauty and the Beast that I adore.
Jennifer McIntosh
73. mystryder
My favorite was always Sleeping Beauty. I love all the romance and danger.
Sean Holland
74. Akaihyo
That is a tough one, but how about Seven Iron Staves and Seven Pairs of Iron Shoes?
Christine Dunbar
75. cdunbar
Always, always, always Beauty and the Beast. I'll read, watch, whatever every interpretation of that story.
savannah miller
I like Rumpleskill skin. I think mainly because it was kind of left off as a bit of a mystery. What I mean is why did he want the ladies first born? I think someone could make this into a great modern time romance :)
erin f
78. efender1
I'd say the original Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.
Vilmarys Collado
80. vilmarys
I love Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. I love how they look past outer appearances and see the inner beauty.
Joanna Hernandez
Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Snow White, the Twelve Dancing Princesses, etc. How can you pick just one???
karen lee Hallam
84. MaureenE
My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast because I like the message of the story.
karen lee Hallam
85. Wendy Railey
My all time favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast. There is something about the way Beauty can see the good behind the mask. It is inspiring, and teaches us to love, trust, and not judge. Plus, she has a kick a** library that is every booklover's dream!
Connie SInclair
86. emeraldever
Beauty and the Beast because Belle is just an average girl and there is no evil stepmom
karen lee Hallam
87. sarah Kozlowski
Beauty and the Beast is my favorite.
Maya Amis
89. mayat7
Beauty and the Beast for the story and message, Twelve Dancing Princesses for the (mental) visuals.
susan beamon
90. susanbeamon
I once did a small research paper on fairy tales, long time ago. I got to read Grimms and Anderson's tales, plus older ones from Russia, Norway, Africa, Greece, and America. My most favorite has to be "Tar Baby" in all its various forms. So many of these stories cross cultures. You sould read one of older versions of Cinderella for some really scary imagery.
Heather Martin
91. CrystalMirror
My favorite stories are Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland, but those aren't fairytales. My favorite fairy tale is Snow White. It's comlexity and depth fascinates me.
92. kochouran
Mine is "The Nutcracker Prince and the Mouse King". I grew up watching the ballet, and reading the original short story brought back fond memories. Plus, what girl wouldn't like to be whisked off into a land of sweets?
Cynthia Sigler
93. ohioyankee
Cinderella because it is close to my name. I even did a research paper on variations on the Cinderella story. Needless to say, I loved Cinder and loved listening to this with my daughter on one of many road trips.
Allison Hickman
94. AllisonHickman
Disney's Beauty and the Beast, we played the song at our wedding. However, if I was going to choose one of the original fairytales, that are nothing like the ones most people know (I took a class on them in college), I'd pick Cinderella. The meanings behind the original stories have always stuck with me!
karen lee Hallam
96. Megan S
I have always loved The Little Mermaid and Snow White.
karen lee Hallam
97. Mrs. Patterson
Stardust because of the twist and turns and it shows you what you want is not always what is best for you destiny may have something better in store!
Stacy Tessier
98. theimaginetree
I always loved Beauty and the Beast, I just like that love is about what's on the inside
Daniel Morrell
99. godan
snow white because i always wanted to be on of them dwarves
Chandra Haun
100. UnabridgedBookshelf
I would have to say that growing up Sleeping Beauty or the Little Mermaid would have been my favorite fairytales. I loved the story of waking up from true loves' kiss, and we did not live near any major body of water, so thinking about being able to swim anywhere I wanted too is why I loved The Little Mermaid.
Amanda Calton
103. mandeejt
Sleeping Beauty....I have always just adored that think that you could sleep for so many years and have perfect hair and makeup when you wake up, that has got to be the best magic in the world, and also not having bad breath for the kiss that wakes you has to be some sort of miracle!! lol
Brianna Lee
104. briannaleereviews
I love all the fairy tales! Especially the way the new TV show "Once Upon A Time" is spinning it =) But...overall, I'd say Beauty and the Beast. I always loved the story as a child, and even more so now when I read books with the beautiful girl and the "monster/evil" man. I just love it! Thanks for this opportunity! I'd love to review these books!
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