Welcome back to Short Story Sundays in which I peddle short stories. Today, I will be talking about and recommending some of my favorite short stories that were inspired by Fairytales, Folklore & Mythology Retellings.
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☆ – Written by Author(s) of Color
♢ – Written by Queer Author(s)
I adore anything to do with Fairytales, Folklore & Mythology Retellings. In an ideal world, it would be my favorite group of genres but a lot of the time they don’t live up to my expectations. This collection stands above the rest. A couple of the short stories below are some of my all time favorite short stories. As per usual, click the title of the short story for a link to read the story, and click on the covers for a link to the Goodreads page!
Red as Blood and White as Bone by Theodora Goss: Red as Blood and White as Bone follows a kitchen girl who is obsessed with fairytales. One day she discovers a woman outside the castle and thinks she’s a princess in disguise. I loved the self awareness of the narrator who even comments that her backstory was the way to start a fairytale. The ending plays into the preservation of stories.
- ☆ / ♢
Variations on an Apple by Yoon Ha Lee: The short blurb says “For the fairest. Past, present, and future. Again.”, so naturally I liked this one. In this story, Yoon Ha Lee gives a retelling of what happens when the Greek Gods give a certain prince a certain apple. Fate plays heavily into Variations on an Apple. Variations on an Apple mixes in a lot of Science Fiction aspects, so it has a very distinct voice. Also, the apple is given to a city, and Helen is a war general.
- ☆ / ♢