Jan 29 2014 8:15am

What’s Your Favorite Fairy Tale?


Twists on beloved fairy tales are frequent in romance, and will probably never go away, as long as there is a Prince Charming in search of his one true love (the newest entry, Tessa Dare's Romancing the Duke, came out this week, launching her Castles Ever After series).

We've discussed fairy tales before, but now we want to know: What is your absolute favorite fairy tale?

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K.M. Jackson
1. kwanawrites
It's so hard to pick one but if I had to it would be Cinderella. I think I like the whole extreme makeover and the revenge aspect of it. Also the first time I saw it was as a kid at Radio City so I'll never forget that.
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
I basically formed my whole basis of being from Andrew Lang's Colored collection of fairy tales, but if I had to choose just one, I'd say "Donkeyskin."
Ruth Frances Long
3. Ruth Frances Long
It's really hard to choose just one but the top ones for me are The Snow Queen and Tam Lin. Girls heading off to rescue the boys. :D
Rebecca Eschliman
4. Cyranetta
Twelve Dancing Princesses -- there was something haunting about the war-weary older hero.
The White Cat by Madame D'Aulnoy
Beauty and the Beast as retold by Robin McKinley
5. Kareni
Ruth Frances Long -- I haven't read it, but my college aged daughter loved Pamela Dean's modern day version of Tam Lin.
Ruth Frances Long
6. SandyH
I love Beauty and the Beast. I collect versions of the story and even have a copy of someone's dissertation. For the person who liked Donkeyskin, I highly recommend Robin McKinley's Deerskin.
Claire Louise Thompson
7. Nefersitra
Beauty and the Beast - much as I love the Disney version, I like the traditional one better, with the invisible servants and the Beast who is a charming and gallant gentleman who Beauty thinks of as her best friend but she can't love him. Until she goes home, meets her sister's husbands and their friends and realises what a catch he is. The Prince may have been transformed to teach him to value the "unseen" beauty within, but Beauty needs to learn the lesson too. I really like Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Tinderbox and The Snow Queen too. My favourite local (Welsh) Fairy Tale was The Brewery of Eggshells - a woman thinks the Tylwyth Teg (Middle Welsh for Fair Family/Fair Folk - which was a polite name for the Fairies) have taken her twins and left changelings behind because the children don't grow. Her husband is either in favour of burning the babies or doesn't believe her depending on the version, so the woman goes to the local wiseman for advice. He gives her some instructions and she returns home and begins to brew beer for the men working on the farms. In Eggshells. The Little ones ask "What are you doing, Mam?" and she says she's brewing beer for the men. One child looks at the other and says "Acorn before the oak I knew and egg before the hen. Never But never an eggshell brew, enough for harvest men." Quick as you like the woman seizes the Changelings and throws them into the fire, where upon two fairies sweep in and grab them. She turns around and her own two children, grown as they should have, are sitting in the cradle.
Glass Slipper
8. GlassSlipper
Beauty and the Beast. As a kid, the Disney adaptation was enthralling to me. I was drawn to the dark, tortured hero trope before I even knew what it was. Something in me related to the girl who rescued the beast with her love. It still does. I love Jane Eyre for the same reason.
Amy Jackson
9. Catina16
Princess and the frog I have to say I watched the movie and fell in love my fantasy fairy tale story. The prince who was turned in frog the young lady who didn't know she would have it all the fantasy love and wedding.
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