BOOKENDING SPRING 2020: Fairytale Fever

I am back! Unfortunately the amazing Megan @ Ginger Mom Company is unable to host this week due to being unwell, so I will be stepping in and hosting on behalf of her. We will still be using her prompts–so don’t worry! We at Bookend Events, just ask that you credit Megan for the prompts (as you would a tag) as well as myself as host so that I can blog hop to your amazing posts! With that said, from everyone here at Bookend Events, we are wishing Megan a speedy recovery and sending her lots of love! ♥️

If this is your first time here on my blog (hi! Hello! I’m Sam!) and you don’t already know what Bookending Spring is, its a month long event in April that was created by myself and Clo @ Cuppa Clo where we aspire to bring the bookish community closer together through the platform we love the most–blogging! Each day throughout the month, we have different prompts from different hosts that participants can replicate! I am so excited to check out everyone’s posts and prompts as we get more into the month as our hosts this year are dishing out quality content! You can also catch me smiling from ear to ear as I get to meet all of you on your blogs and on our Twitter (@bookend_events if you haven’t followed, you totally should!) page!

Also, don’t forget that we have a blog hopping masterlist! The list features all of our participants and those who are participating in Bookending Spring can put their post links next to their name for easy blog hopping! Can’t wait to see all your amazing posts! And with that, let’s get into today’s prompt!
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-TODAY’S PROMPT-

Fairytale Fever

Let’s talk about the new and old! Pick 2-4 fairytale retellings and discuss – did you like the original or the remake?

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Okay this is full disclosure: I am super picky when it comes to retellings. If you are going to do something in the same vein as something else–do it good. So for this prompt I thought I would waddle and talk about my favorite fairytale and the retelling I loved and hated. As I’m not the original creator for this prompt, don’t be afraid to make this prompt a listicle! I would LOVE to see your interpretation of this one!

If you didn’t know already, my favorite Fairytale is Beauty and the Beast (I know my Olaf collection says otherwise but hush, the truth is the truth). When it comes to retellings of this specific tale I am overtly picky. Like insanely picky. I like my retellings to take up their own path, since this story has been done so much out of all the fairytales out there (a time), and really hone in on their uniqueness rather than try desperately to follow the same road as the original.

I told you I’m picky.

The Dud: Beastly by Alex Flinn

Beastly (Beastly, #1; Kendra Chronicles, #1)I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

So uh…I really don’t know where to begin with this one, because for the life of me all I see in my head is the cringe that was Vanessa Hudgens’ portrayal in the movie version mixed with the cringe lines and moments from the book. If I were to think of this book separately from the original, than it was an okay read; but as a retelling–its a no from me dawg. The pacing was horrifically slow, and the characters (ALL OF THEM) were so shallow, there was no water in the kiddie pool. The children were all dry. This is including our heroine who is suppose to ya know–see beyond the beast.

So for all of these reasons, I really do love the original fairytale over this remake. Like hot damn do I love the fairytale.

The Bop: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

Like you didn’t know this was coming. In my honest and biased opinion, this retelling is the best one out there in the YA fiction sphere (that I’ve read! I still have a few more to get through…). The way that Maas weaves the fairytale into the story but still makes the world, plotline, and the characters entirely her own is was dreams are made of. Everything ran smoothly in this story and for me, I was sucked in from the moment the story began and to this day I still think about it.

Do I even have to say it? The remake shoved the original out of the park. This is fine.

What retellings did you love or hate?

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1 Comment

  1. Jeimy @ ANovelidea

    April 30, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Girl, SAME! Beauty and the Beast is my fave fairytale!
    I was so disappointed with Beastly when I was a teen lol
    ACOTAR was a gift from the heavens, Sarah did an amazing job at the retelling with a twist.

    My second favorite fairytale is Sleeping Beauty and Samantha Young did a good job at retelling it with a twist!

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