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From a Fairy Tale

August 4, 2015 | 4 comments


I’ve always loved fairy tales and any movie adaption and retelling of them. I will never get bored with Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, or Snow White. My top ten (as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) fairy tale inspired movies are in order:


1. Ever After (1998)

The “real” story of Cinderella.

This movie starring Drew Barrymore as the girl Danielle, who is made a servant by her new stepmother after the sudden death of her father, is not only my favourite take on a classic fairy tale, but one of my all-time favourite movies.

2. Mirror Mirror (2012)

An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright.

Snow White has always been one of my favourite fairy tales and I love this modern version. Julia Roberts is absolutely amazing as the evil queen.

3. Into the Woods (2014)

A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.

Movie adaptiation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical which combines Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack and the Beanstalk into one amazing tale.

4. Ella Enchanted (2004)

Ella is under a spell to be constantly obedient, a fact she must hide from her new step-family in order to protect the prince of the land, her friend for whom she’s falling.

Movie adaption of the book Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, an alternative version of Cinderella. (Also, Anne Hathaway is always awesome and I’ll happily watch any movie she’s in.)

5. Sydney White (2007)

A beautiful college freshman pledges her late mother’s once dignified sorority, but after discovering that today’s sisterhood is not what it used to be, finds a new home with seven outcasts.

This modern-day version of Snow White is one of my guilty pleasure, feel-good movies.

6. Beastly (2011)

A New York teen is transformed into a hideous monster in order to find true love.

Movie adaption of the book Beastly by Alex Flinn, a modern-day take on Beauty and the Beast.

7. Enchanted (2007)

A princess, who is prepared to be wed, is sent away to New York by an evil queen, where she falls in love with a lawyer.

Not technically a retelling of a specific fairy tale, but inspired by many (and Amy Adams is perfect as the fairy tale princess).

8. Grimm (2011-2015)

A homicide detective discovers he is a descendant of hunters who fight supernatural forces.

TV shows that mixes two of my favourite things: crime series and characters inspired by Grimms’ fairy tales.

9. A Cinderella Story (2004)

Routinely exploited by her wicked stepmother, the downtrodden Sam Montgomery is excited about the prospect of meeting her Internet beau at the school’s Halloween dance.

This modern-day version of Cinderella is another one of my guilty pleasures, feel-good movies.

10. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen and Chris Hemsworth as The Huntsman more than makes up for the fact that Snow White is played by Kristen Stewart.

Honorable mention: Not a screen adaptation, but the book series The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer is one of the best series inspired by fairy tales that I have read. Colfer’s way of re-imagining all the classic characters is a delight to read.

Which are your favorite fairy tale versions?

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