There are so many stories that we’ve heard over and over again where the princess is cursed or held captive by the evil villain, waiting for her prince to come and rescue her, the kingdom is saved, and they all live happily ever after. But what happens when the story gets changed?
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
What if Cinderella was a famous mechanic hiding her cyborg hand and foot and an android? In this version, Rapunzel could be the greatest hacker in the universe who is also in love with a criminal. Red Riding Hood could be searching for her grandma no matter if there are beasts in her way. Snow White could be trying not to let her illness control her while still attempting to help others on the moon. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is an amazing series with fun characters who are trying to save the Earth from Queen Luna.
Princeless, Vol. 1: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley
Princess Adrienne was put in a tower by her father “The King” because he wanted a worthy prince to rescue her, but she decides she doesn’t want to be saved by a prince. Instead, she befriends the dragon guarding her tower and goes on a quest to free her older sisters from their towers. She meets half dwarf Bedelia who chooses to help, even going so far as to make Princess Adrienne a real suit of armour. Along the way Bedelia and Adrienne learn how to believe in themselves and trust each other while battling beasts and outwitting those hunting them. This graphic novel is part of a series that is great for children and adults.
Ash by Malinda Lo
After her father’s passing, Ash has to clean up after her step-sisters and her cruel step-mother. She hopes to one day be taken away from it all to start her own fairy tale. One day she meets a real fairy named Sidhean who wants Ash to join him in the fairy realm. But when Ash starts learning how to hunt with the King’s huntress, feelings start to emerge and Ash has to make a choice between love and escape.