Summer is the perfect time to escape, and what better way to do so than by diving into a magical world? These retellings of classic fairy tales — from Cinderella to The Little Mermaid — weave scintillating twists into our favorite childhood tales. With romance, deception and insightful commentary on timely issues, these fairy tales for adults go far beyond the tales we know and love. A powerful curse is placed on Prince Rhen, heir to Emberfall, dooming him to life as a beast, isolated from his family and his kingdom. His only hope of escape is to find someone to love him.
12 Enchanting Fairy Tales for Adults
Enchanting & Captivating Fairy Tales for Adults
A version of this article originally A version of this article originally appeared on appeared on 20somethingreads. Whether you read fairy tales as a child or whether you're simply aware of them because you are a person who is alive and does not live under a rock, fairy tales have played a role in your reading experience. Unfortunately, when Disney sunk his claws into them, he did a disservice that lasted for decades: Most of our perceptions have been colored by his saccharine, censored interpretations. Because of him, the words "fairy tales" invoke images of childhood and whimsy and musical numbers that are too catchy for their own good. Contrary to what Disney's cultural stronghold would have you believe, the idea that fairy tales are for children is a relatively recent phenomenon. They used to function much in the way that adult books do: They were escapist, but they were also strange and often startlingly gory or sexual for example, if your only exposure has been Disney, than you might not know that in the real "Little Mermaid," the prince marries another woman and the mermaid almost murders him but instead succumbs to a weird watery suicide As for the real "Sleeping Beauty"
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That definition is true as far as it goes, but I know plenty of adults who still enjoy stories about witches and princesses, curses and spells, and happily ever afters. This collection of tales from Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Cunningham transforms the fables we have come to love by exploring the unexamined moments, forgotten backstories, or unintended consequences of choices and spells and curses. Cunningham uses his talents to embrace the darkness of classic fairy tales and bring them to life in new and unexpected ways. Loosely based on the showman P. Barnum and his popular Fiji mermaid sideshow, The Mermaid is a fascinating fairy tale mashup with a convincing historical backdrop.
Tilly Castillo thought she lost her chance to be a contemporary dancer, but when a summer job in New York City appears, nothing can stop her from saying yes—not her mother, not the other cutthroat dancers, and not even her fears of the big city. When I was 5, I told a fairytale lie. I was in kindergarten. The next day I told the kindergarten teacher, Ms.