I love retellings!

Big surprise there. It might have something to do with not liking the Disney movies as much as everyone else seems to do that I just don’t mind a new fresh take on them. So here I am with a review and a discussion combo about them!

 MODERN CONTEMPORARY RETELLINGS OF FAIRY TALES are the best!

Yes the may not have dragons and that’s a bit sad because dragons are the best and basically EVERYONE knows this. It’s common knowledge. And they may not have a magic system that just makes you wish you could only make a small teapot fly (and pour itself some tea while it’s at it since I always forget). But they are still nice fluffy stories that deserve recognition!

AND HERE’S A HELPFUL LIST OF THINGS THAT MAKE ME LUVE THEM!

because I like lists and why not make more???

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1.A FRESH NEW TAKE

 How many times do we complain about cliches?

Answer: All of the time. We are a bunch of complainers. We hold hands and make flower crowns while complaining. WE EAT CHOCOLATE DESSERT WHILE COMPLAINING OK?! We are all the queens and male queens of complaining!

But what if you take a well know cliche and PUT AN UNEXPECTED TWIST TO IT?

Now…put your chocolate dessert down and think about it:

Red riding hood actually saves herself and her Grandma because she’s just badass!

Rapunzel travels the world on her own because she’s independent and photographs amazing things!

Ariel doesn’t change who she is but rather finds her strengths and acknowledges her weaknesses and than uses them to become a historian because she loves people!

 BEAUTY FALLS IN LOVE WITH THE LIBRARY RATHER THAN THE BEAST!!!

(Ok I might be a bit biased with the romances but you get what I mean)

IT WOULD BE SO MUCH MORE INTERESTING TO READ ABOUT!! And retellings means you can change it however you want!

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2.MODERN THINGS ARE THE BEST

Honestly what wouldn’t I give to see Rapunzel be an artist that just loves digital drawing and wants to pursue art as a career? Or a Gaston just walking around sporting an I need meninism shirt and gets slapped by a lady?? ( yes I hate that guy can you tell??)

 Adding modern things like the Internet and laptops in a fairy tale is my favourite thing! That’s why I love alternate universe fanfiction so much!

 Also we have it waaaay better than they had it in those middle ages…like we have advance medical care….and PHONESSSSSSS…ahem and woman have the right to voteee...and ice creaaaam…

I just cannot imagine a sad sad world without ice cream!

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3.FEMINISM

Ok admit it old tales are kind of sexist. And old Disney films are a bit…unrealistic.

“But you like dragons!! ARE THOSE REALISTIC???” I hear you ask.

Look young padawan, dragons may not be realistic but they aren’t hurting anyone.

OK so they might hurt SOME people with those claws…and teeth…and there’s the whole fire breathing thing…but it’s because they are provoked THEY ARE CUTE AND INNOCENT OTHERWISE!

 But just as harmfull is a princess that has to change her whole self just to be with a guy she saw once and never talked to!! Or has a waist as tiny as her neck! Or is always straight!

Make your princess chubby or tall and lanky or short and strong!! Make her chase her dreams because she WANTS TO not because of some guy! Make her fall in love with a girl or with no one for once! Make her determined and flawed not just some pretty object!

 MAKE YOUR FAIRYTALE AS FEMINIST AND EMPOWERING AS YOU WANT!!

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4.CUTE LITTLE REFERENCES

 I talked about how I don’t like cliches but there is still something about putting small little references that is endearing and pleases me greatly.

 Ariel the history nerd has a dog named Flounder, a black girl named Rapunzel who’s hair is really long and curly likes painting, Aurora sleeps late and has 3 grandmas.

 Tying little connections to the original and spinning them in your own story is amazing! I just feel like it keeps a bit of the magic.

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5. THE HAPPY EVER AFTER

And after you put your characters trough hell and back you can give them their happy ever after. Or don’t. Real life is more complicated than just “and than they get married and that makes them happy and fulfills all their dreams forever the end!”.

(But seriously if you don’t what is wrong with you?? Do you drink out of a mug labeled “reader tears” while laughing manically at our anguished sounds?? If that’s the case than you need to calm down and eat a cookie good sir.)

cc506816-e76b-4591-aa76-6899a3286271The book that inspired this whole discussion is:

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

So I might have read this book during classes at school instead of listening to the teachers actually teaching me important subjects that I will definitely have test papers I will need to learn for and will need later in life….Yeah school’s been going great!

Rating: 4 stars

This was the best guilty pleasure read EVER! SOSOSOOSO CUTE!

Look, I AM OBSESSED with the movie Star Struck on Disney Channel. (Remember that one?? Where the girl just HATES this singer but then they meet by him hitting her in the head with a door and then they fall in love???) The cheesy-est of cheese cake from Disney. It’s hilarious and I love it.

And that movie just started my love for the “star falls in love with a fan that doesn’t love them” trope. Yeah it’s pretty bad and awfully cliche but I just EAT. IT. RIGHT. UP. Like chocolate cake or something.

YEAH…SO OBVIOUSLY I LOVED THIS BOOK!

My blurb: This is a Cinderella retelling in modern times with a cosplay at a convention ending up being the ball and a dorky actor from a movie reboot ending up being the Prince Charming.

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  • Elle!!! She was just so sweet and nerdy and sassy. I liked her and I related a lot to her fangirly personality! She’s a blogger (!!!) that just writes snarky reviews of all the episodes in her favourite TV show. I liked how kind and Disney princess-y she was.
  • Prince Charming aka Darien!! He is POC!!!! CAN I GET A HELL YEAH FOR DIVERSITY?? Also he’s an actor that plays a POC character in a tv show and talks about the portrayal of POC in movies and how it affects people to see someone that look like them on screen!
  • I didn’t dislike any of the POVs! I wasn’t disappointed when it switched or had to skip entire chapters like the rebellious child that I am to sneak a peak at my faves life. Which is usually very hard to do since I am the MOST rebellious of children! I sometimes even just skim read descriptions and don’t read all the words on the page. Que offended gasps.
  • The internet relationship aspect of it was SO CUTE! Of course, a tad bit unrealistic but I love positive portrayal of online friends and interactions between teens! Internet friends are the best!! You can cry and fangirl and eat the souls of your enemies together without actually seeing each other in real life!! Because what if one of you leaves in the mountains with goats and the other on a different planet and you just want to get along? THE INTERNET IS MAGIC AND NICE AND HELPS YOU that’s what! So now you can be an unstoppable force that can rule the galaxy…TOGETHER <3!
  • I also liked how Elle wanted to cosplay a female Carmindor!!! Arghh I just love genderbent characters and cosplays! They are so amazing and creative.
  • The sneaky sneaky F/F romance going on briefly in the background. While a bit rushed can we just appreciate the fact that the Fairy Godmother is dating another girl?? ALL THE YES!
  • There is a dog that doesn’t die. AND IT’S BEAUTIFUL AND GLORIOUS.
  • All of the general nerdiness is a plus
  • ALL OF ITTTTT

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  • Did I mention Star Struck? Yeah…It was a tad bit too much like that. Darien’s dad was even his manager EXACTLY like it is in the movie. And he sucked which is again LIKE IN THE MOVIE!! Which…mate please I know I am a sucker for it but I don’t appreciate THIS much similarity. Throw in some original
  • It could’ve used a lot more depth dealing with some plot points (especially regarding race in Hollywood, Elle’s dad, grief, Darien’s best friend etc.)
  • The stepmother and stepsister were SO MEAN AND WHINY and we never get a reason?? So yeah she’s just a horrible person (we did get a hint but it’s never treated like a legitimate reason)
  • I..don’t get the Starfield part. Like yeah the snippets were amazing and I really understood the series but…both Star Wars and Startrack EXIST in this universe….SO…It was just confusing (like that part in Fangirl where they mention Harry Potter despite Simon Snow being the main series)
  • The writing seemed a bit forced at times. ESPECIALLY bending the story to follow certain plot points by just making the characters do things that weren’t in character.
  • The confrontation at the end was pretty cringey. I ABSOLUTELY DISLIKE IT WHEN MALE CHARACTERS PROTECT FEMALE CHARACTERS IN VERBAL FIGHTS! I just..nooooooo leave her to defend herseeeelf she’s pretty capable of sarcasm herself and it’s not hot at all

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Overall: A really geeky retelling that’s short and sweet and perfect for a quick get-me-out-of-a-reading-slump read!

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30724132 Anything can happen once upon a con…

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

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WHAT ABOUT YOU? DO YOU like retellings? What are some of your reasons? Who’s your favorite Disney princess? What are some of your favorite retellings??

LET ME KNOW ALL THE THINGS!

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36 thoughts on “WHAT I like about Contemporary Fairytale Retellings (+ a geeky retelling review!)

  1. OMG WHAT THE…OMG…I JUST FELL IN LOVE WITH YOUR DESIGN ALL OVER AGAIN!! *Dies*
    “We are all the queens and male queens of complaining!” MALE QUEENS. Omg who needs kings.

    “I just cannot imagine a sad sad world without ice cream!” CAN I JUST QUOTE THIS WHOLE POST PLEASE. OMG? YES. THANKS.

    “You can cry and fangirl and eat the souls of your enemies together without actually seeing each other in real life!! ” –> CAN I HAVE THIS ON A T-SHIRT??

    ujfudhfkjhefnojlfkhsdo. HMMMM. A while back Geekerella got quite a bit of hype and while I do love a good romance…UGH if the whole book is about that and it’s all fluffy and cute? I CAN’T HANDLE IT OKAY?? hsdfkh– SO MANY MIXED FEELINGS. It’s on my TBR!! And i hope it’s great!! AND ALSO YOU CAN WRITE REVIEWS SO AMAZINGLY I CRY. (do you have Goodreads??) SO I shall read this but probably not like until 6776678 years because TBR STRUGGLES OKAY?

    HELL YEAH FOR DIVERSITY!! –> also should be on like a mug.

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    1. *bows dramatically* Thank you. Thank you very much.
      I should do a mug collection because they are good for drinking tea, coffee and other important parts of a daily healthy boookworm diet such as reader tears or the blood of enemies. I find them quite useful indeed.
      YOU CAN HAVE IT ON A T SHIRT ONLY IF I CAN HAVE OTHER 54663729 QUOTES BY YOU ON LIKE A MOUSE PAD OR SOMETHING!! Or like a key chain.
      I TOTALLY GET THE TBR STRUGGLES!! Because like look here are AN INFINITE NUMBER OF BOOKS to read while you have A VERY FINITE NUMBER OF YEARS to finish…which why did anyone think that was a good idea huh? Brb imma find myself some Philosopher Stone juice just real quick. As one does.
      I write amazing reviews? Thank you? I am not crying it’s just my eyes are wet?? How did this water get here?? (and yes I do indeed have Goodreads)

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    1. Oh god yes the nerd community is so full of sexism and racism. If I get one more “you’re doing this or that for a guy” I’m going to sponatiously combust while whispering “I don’t need your bullshit”. Seriously.
      Needing more contemporary retellings is the story of my life, glad you’ve joined the club 😂❤.

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  2. Oh darn, you hit it right in the nail! For me, everything you mentioned is why I adore fairy tale retellings as well – not just contemporaries, that is, but any fairytale retelling!
    I really enjoyed Geekerella and couldn’t have put it better: the best cheesy, clichéd retelling of all, and I loved every minute of it. I might have wanted to get a little extra something in there, but it was lovely all the same. The romance was one of my favorites, and Darien was just swoony beyond words ❤ Make it a bit more complex and it would have earned 5 stars from me, for sure!
    Amazing post ^_^

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    1. Thank you so much ❤!
      It would’ve been a 5 star read for sure if it went a tad bit more in depth but I enjoyed it nevertheless!!! Swoony dorky Darien was the best and a romance between 2 huge nerds is always so cute to read about.
      Fairytale retellings are sososo good!! I ADORE THEM! The Lunar Chronicles are incredbile and that’s as far from contemporary as there can be!! I just find contemporary ones hilarious is all 😂!

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  3. I don’t read contemporary, BUT I do think contemporary retellings are a great idea and have all sorts of potential for great stories with fun, modern twists! I like SFF retellings though, and I also like when they really have their own unique twists to them. As for your question, RAPUNZEL! My favorite movie ❤ When I first got it, like actually owned it, I swear I watched it like every day, sometimes twice, for like a week straight lol.

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    1. Tangled is one of my absolute favourite movies!!! I still sing some of the songs because they are so great!!
      SFF retellings are so incredible and unique. A cyborg Cinderella in Cinder was simply genius!
      All the types of retellings are great and I adore them tbh!

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  4. Ohh great post! I love love LOVE contemporary retellings so much, they are just so great and I love how they mix things up, change everything, or sometimes you find just a hint of the original story. It’s fascinating, really, and I LOVE IT.
    I haven’t read Geekerella, but you certainly did a great job at making me want to read it 😛
    Great post! xx

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    1. Thank you ❤!
      The original twists in retellings are what I love most about them tbh!! It’s original and so so cool I absolutely adore it!! Hints of the original are so cute and everytime I get a small reference I am so happy!

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  5. I totally agree about Geekerella!! I loved the new cast of characters but I wish there was a tad more depth to the villains. I got to meet Ashley Poston at a recent Book festival, though and she was such a wonderful person it made me love the book even more! Fun fact: her favorite Disney princess ISN’T Cinderella! But her fav prince IS Prince Charming 🙂

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    1. That’s so cool!! And adorable!! She seems like a lovely person (though everybody knows Flynn Rider is THE BEST Disney prince).
      I do totally agree with you on the villains. A bit more depth and it would’ve been so much better but it was an enjoyable read anyway.
      Thank you so much for commenting ❤!

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  6. This post was so on point and I loved all of the one liners throughout!!! It had me laughing and nodding my head wayyyy too much for someone who has never read a fairytale retelling in their entire life lol. I think you’ve certainly convinced me to pick one up and try it out!! great post!

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  7. YAS WHAT A GREAT POST I love how it’s a smushed discussion and review. I LOVE IT.

    ANywaysss…. I read Geekerella and HELLO IT WAS SO CUTE, but I definitely agree with so much of it! (But tbh I REALLY liked the ending?? Where her sister thought that he was there for her BUT HE WASN’T MUAHAHA.)

    ALSO YAS FOR THE LGBT REP AM I RIGHT.

    ANd I loved how the main character was a blogger (except she hardly actually blogs in it… *sigh*)

    But, YES US BOOKWORMS DO COMPLAIN QUITE A LOT, I AGREE I AGREE.

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH ❤!
      I always say yes to positive LGBT rep and I think it was so awesomely integrated in a retelling of a well known old fairy tale!!
      I WISHED ELLE WOULDVE BLOGGED MORE!! Ughhh pleaseee can I get more of thattt??
      We bookworms deserve the crown and rightful title of complainers!
      Thank you for commenting ❤!!

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  8. I was gonna argue that medieval times DO find it acceptable to bring swords so long as you look respectable and in an armor 😂 bUT OK YOU GOT ME IN ICE CREAM

    I absolutely like the Disney films, I still do. But because I’ve grown up tiny parts do make me wince like Belle wanting adventure in the great wide somewhere but just… ends up being with Beast. I mean I know it was unexpected and her father’s in danger but… Belle. Why??

    I haven’t read Geekerella but it sounds amazing! I have read a novel with the celebrity-falls-for-the-fan trope, it was called Just One Wish, I think? Also: “There is a dog that doesn’t die.”
    !!!!
    please tell me you’ve read Knife of Never Letting Gooo

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    1. That’s such a shameee I would’ve brought a sword with me anywhere and full body armour and looked so fabulous doing it…can I still make that a trend now??
      Oh wow I’ve never realised that about Belle. OMG THAT’S HORRIBLE. Belle gurl what is you doinggggg??…The Beast did have that cute library though sooo I guess it’s fiiiiine?? They did sing some songs and fall in love it’s ok.
      Thank you for the movie recomandation I shall watch it and enjoy my favourite of cheesy tropes!!
      i’m sorryyyyyy but I haven’t read itttttt….Is it good? Should I put it on my ever growing TBR??

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      1. PLEASE DO. I mean, as long as we won’t hurt anyone with it, that’s okay, riiiiight? 😇
        The cute library was definitely a good compromise so 👌 THEY DIDN’T HAVE A DUET WITH BEAUTIFUL HARMONY THO and I’m not okay. But I love Mrs Teapot so. Again, compromise 😂
        It is a relatively old novel, like 2005-2010ish. You know, back when typical YA contemporaries deal with family and romance between straight teens and a lil roadtrip 😂 It was a good light read bUT I’M NOT SAYING TO PUT IT ON YOUR TBR. I don’t want to be held responsible if (or /when/ *shudders*) it collapses on you ok?? 😇

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  9. Wooow, what a great post!!! I was blown away by it, honestly! I agree with you on all these matters, I laughed so much when you mentioned your perspectives on how modern Disney characters would behave, especially the Gaston one (which was so true, I can definitely see it). Alsooo, it would be so great if Belle fell in love with the library instead, I’m pretty sure that if I was the princess in that movie, I wouldn’t have had any time left for the love interest and just focus on all those books.
    Also, your review was great! I’ve seen this book so much recently in different reviews and I want to read it because it sounds very cute and like a thing I would enjoy very much! Also, if you want to read a F/F retelling of Rapunzel, check Ripped Pages (it’s also very short, but so cuuute). ❤

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    1. Thank you so so much ❤!!
      Gaston should definitely get what he deserves tbh 😂! I would love a modern day Gaston just for that scenario!
      Who needs a pretty prince when excuse me he’s blocking my gorgeous view of the library!!
      Omg that retelling sounds like everything I would ever wish for in a book so I’ll definitely check it out!! Thanks for the recomandation!!

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  10. Retellings are definitely some of my favorite types of books to read! While I love the original fairy tales, I think we can all agree that they’re a little outdate and could use a little bit of an upgrade. A modern take on centuries-old material is fascinating and refreshing, and it provides us with an opportunity to read something both magical and relatively relatable. Also, a bit of feminism and alternate endings that are sometimes happy and sometimes aren’t doesn’t hurt 😉 I’m so happy that you enjoyed Geekerella. It’s become one of my favorite feel-good books. The inclusion of an LGBTQ romance and POC character brightened my day! The romance was cheesy but oh-so-cute and the ending was wonderful! Great post, Ioana!

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    1. Thank youu ❤! Classic fairytales are amazing but they sometimes don’t hold up to our modern bean standards and it’s ok that’s the world is changing and our literature reflects that. Geekerella it’s definitely cheesy but we need the cheese sometimes!

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