Why Retelling Fairy Tales is Timeless
By Teresa Tysinger
Thanks to Phyllis for inviting me to share with you all today! Let’s talk fairy tales. Fairy tale retellings have been popular for years. The familiar stories we’ve all heard as children have been retold on the page and screen in countless ways. The other authors and I, in the Once Upon a Summer collection, are joining the trend, too, believing that “Once upon a time…” still pulls us into the power of love today.
Why are fairy tales worth retelling? I’ve given this question a lot of thought and have come up with a few answers I think ring true no matter how much time passes.
Fairy tales hold universal truths.
I’d beg to argue that one of the reasons fairy tales hold up over time is that their stories convey truths that simply don’t expire. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes (Mulan). The truth will always come out (Aladdin). Give people a chance (The Frog Prince; check out the retelling Unkissable by Jaycee Weaver in our collection!) Despite being written ages ago in times much different than our own, these truths and lessons serve as good reminders to us all. What are some truths or lessons you encounter in fairy tales that you find still hold up today?
Fairy tales are nostalgic.
I vividly remember watching Disney’s Beauty and the Beast over and over one summer in the early 90s. I know the story backward and forwards. It’s a beloved childhood memory. So, any time I’ve come across a retelling of the fairy tale, I’m instantly taken back to my early love for the bookish heroine and surly turned tender beast. When I had the chance to read an early draft of Toni Shiloh’s retelling of the story for our collection, titled An Ever After Summer, I was instantly curious to see her spin on the characters I already knew and loved. (Hint: She does NOT disappoint!) It’s an interesting juxtaposition of familiarity and curiosity. Maybe in some ways, it’s like continuing to cook a favorite meal. You eat it again because you know it will satisfy the craving!
Fairy tales remind us of the best of romance.
Let’s be real. Most fairy tales are way darker and intense than any of the retellings we know and love. In fact, I’d bet that many of us haven’t actually read the originals of our favorite stories. So, for the sake of this last thought, let’s consider the more popular retellings. Fairy tales retold often highlight some of the best examples of romance and the power of love. Searching high and low for the one your heart desires (Cinderella). Helping the one you love find their true happiness (Rapunzel; you’ll love Andrea Boyd’s retelling with her novella A New Beginning!). And, I sure hope you find the happily ever after in my novella Gwen and the Three Dates (a rare retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears) as sweet as I do! What other reasons do you think fairy tale retellings are so popular with romance readers? What are some of your favorite retellings you’ve read or watched? I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Once Upon a Summer and enjoy our takes on these timeless tales. Available now in paperback and eBook.
Once Upon a Summer: Contemporary Retellings of Timeless Tales
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Fairy Tale Retelling
Written for: Adults
Embrace the enchantment of summer with these contemporary twists on timeless tales.
A New Beginning by Andrea Boyd— Who is she? Acacia Martin raised by an impostor mom serving a prison sentence for her sins, or Jasmine Callahan abducted at birth from a family she’s yet to meet? Luckily, she has Drake to help her untangle the mess that is her life. Will he ensnare her heart in the process?
An Ever After Summer by Toni Shiloh — The employees of In a Bind are terrified of Jean-Luc Thibodeaux, so Bellamy Larson hops on a plane to France to deal with the beastly client. Yet once she arrives, she’s convinced he merely needs a friend. Then her heart begins to want ever after, not just one summer.
Gwen and the Three Dates by Teresa Tysinger — Life isn’t a romantic movie, but Gwen Lochs is determined to find her leading man. When she joins a cheesy dating site, Gwen agrees to just three dates. Can Ben Smith watch his best friend and soulmate find someone else? A romantic comedy about searching for that just-right love.
Unkissable by Jaycee Weaver — Reality diva Charlotte Lavigne’s on-camera meltdown reminds former teen-TV prince Jaime Reyes exactly why he left Hollywood ten years ago. A chance encounter leads to a bargain that transforms them both. When it’s time to face her past, will their rediscovered love be strong enough to build a future together?
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