MKB Picks: Favourite YA FAiry Tales

The subject of Fairy Tales is a fascinating one; they have been told as bedtime stories by generations of parents. And what could be more exciting than a magical happy ever after story full of goblins, dwarves, fairies, witches and of course Prince Charming fighting all of such odd creatures to save his one true love who is probably locked away in a castle.  Quite frankly nothing could more romantic! Certainly as child, (and perhaps even still now) I dreamed of my very own Prince Charming riding in on a white horse – not to save me from anything in particular - just perhaps be holding a beautiful bunch of flowers – I don’t ask for much! Anyway…

The brand new star studded film Into the Woods is certainly big news at the moment and to celebrate its dazzling release, let’s take a look at some of the best YA fairy tale stories.

The Never Ending Story

Small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. Through the pages of an old book he discovers a mysterious world of enchantment - but a world that is falling into decay. The great task of making things well again falls on Bastian! The absolute classic Never Ending story is a must read/watch Fairy Tale adventure story.





Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there...Long before we went Into the Woods with Chris Pine we went Through the Woods thanks to author Emily Carroll. This book has five eerie, mysterious stories for you to follow in to the abyss… not your average Fairy Tale!




Ever After: A Cinderella Story 

This is the REAL Cinderella story!  After the sudden death of her loving father, Drew Barrymore is made a servant by her new stepmother; her wicked wicked stepmother.  She also has two new stepsisters - they’re not so ugly - one is quite kind the other is really very horrid. Drew Barrymore aka Danielle grows up to be a happy and strong-willed young lady – against all odds, and one day her path crosses that of a handsome Prince named Henry, who has troubles of his own. Luckily the nice Leonardo da Vinci is on hand to help them! (Obviously)



Briar Rose by Jana Oliver

Let’s dive in a different direction for the next pick. This is a twist on the classic happy ever after Fairy Tale. Briar Rose is a dark and sexy reimagining of Sleeping Beauty.

Doomed to fall asleep for one hundred years on her sixteenth birthday, Briar has woken up in the darkest, most twisted Fairy Tale she could ever have dreamed of – miles away from the safe, boring small-town life that she has left behind.

Briar must fight her way out of the story, but she can’t do it alone. She always believed in handsome princes, and now she’s met one her only chance is to put her life in his hands.


The Princess Bride by William Goldman

“That day she was amazed to discover that when he was saying ‘As you wish’ what he meant was ‘I love you’ and even more amazing was the day she realised she loved him back.”

This fairy tale adventure book by William Goldman was published way back in 1975 this was followed by a film adaptation in 1989. This tale follows a beautiful young woman and her one true love who must her after a long separation and save her.  (well, yeah!) They must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to be reunited with each other. 



So that’s’ It… just some of my Fairy Tale favourites; a mixture of classics, retellings, dark, light, happy and sometimes twisted.  Proving the happy ever after story isn’t as straight forward as I dreamt as a child. But the good news is there’s hope for us dreamers!