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Fairytales Live
    Welcome to a blog dedicated to fairytales. Here you will find stills and gifs from many fairytale adaptations, information about new fairytale movies, reviews of fairytale retellings and much more.            

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You told me it was a matter of life or death.

A woman always is, sire.


I’m just finishing up all my design work for valor-anthology! Our contribution is a heavily re-written version of Schneeweißchen und Rosenrot that removes the weird marriage as a reward trope and fills it with badass lady sword fighting. I’ll be posting these designs all day as I finish them—I have 3 more to go, and then I’ve got a bunch of wallpaper designs to do for secondlina. I’m having so much fun with this you guys. <3


Кот в сапогах (Puss in Boots), 1988

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"In my own little corner, in my own little chair

I can be, whatever I want to be…” for Husssel


The Lady and the Lion illustrations by Laurel Long, images courtesy of Sur la Lune



Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

If you are not reading her novels… I really do pity you.


re: Tam Lin retelling--The Perilous Gard takes place in Tudor England and has some of the magic about it. An Earthly Knight is more straightforward, but I found it pretty boring in places.

Thank you for your opinion and the comparison! <3

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At length his wife came to his bedside and said,
          my dear lord and king, you told me I might bring away with me from the palace
          that which was dearest and most precious in my eyes - I have nothing more
          precious and dear than yourself, so I have brought you with me
Tears rose to the king’s eyes and he said,
          dear wife, you shall be mine and I will be yours

The Peasant’s Wise Daughter [orig. Die kluge Bauerntochter - Germany 2009]


Jena and Costi (+ Gogu), from Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier. :3

My favorite fairy tale retelling author is Jackson Pearce. You should check out her books: Sisters Red, Sweetly, Fathomless, and Cold Spell. Also if you wanna see princesses kicking butt, I'd recommend Jim C. Hines' Princess Series (The Stepsister Scheme, The Mermaid's Madness, Red Hood's Revenge and the Snow Queen's Shadow).

Thank you! I’ll add them to my list! <3

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Some of my favorites are Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan (Snow White and rose red) , but it discusses violence and abuse so you might avoid it if that's triggering. I also love Rapunzels Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale, a YA graphic novel. I also enjoyed Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson (Bluebeard). I know the same author is also coming out with a Tam Lin retelling but I haven't read it so I don't know when it's set. Also Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon and anything by Donna Jo Napoli.

Tender Morsels sounds interesting to me, I’ve been looking for some good retelling of Snow White and Rose Red. I don’t mind darker themes in a retelling. Is it romantic or not really?

Rapunzel’s Revenge is on my list for quite a long time and I’ll definitely read it since I’m a huge fan of Shannon Hale’s writing.

Thank you for all your suggestions! Love your blog by the way! How comes I’m not following you yet?!

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I don't know if it counts, but Tithe by Holly Black is a really good book that deals with very similar themes and motifs that Tam Lin does.

Could be interesting! Thank you, anon!

On Tam Lin Retellings: I've read An Earthly Knight by Janet McNaughton and I don't remember much of it but I didn't hate it so maybe check it out?

Thank you for a tip! <3

Everyone seems to be be more well-read than me in the retellings department, but I'll add I enjoyed "The Snow Queen" by Eileen Kernaghan, which is a more realistic, but still mystical, retelling. (I'm right there with you on McKillip's "Winter Rose" but I've loved I think every other fantasy book I've read by her.)

Thank you, I’ll check it out! <3

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If a man has to say trust me,” Gogu conveyed, “it’s a sure sign you cannot. Trust him, that is. Trust is a thing you know without words.

- Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Mariller (via belle-of-the-book)