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Top Ten List
Top Ten Fairy Tales:
10. The Little Mermaid. The original story is much different from the Disney one, and I enjoy them both. The mermaid’s motivation for becoming human in the original story is quite interesting.
9. Sleeping Beauty. I love the Disney version of this one. Merriweather was always my favorite fairy. Plus I love Prince Philip.
8. Thumbelina. If you’ve never seen the animated version of this, you should. It’s wonderful.
7. The Six Swans. I love the princess in this story. She’s brave and selfless. And I kind of love that it’s a girl saving all her brothers.
6. Snow White and Rose Red. This is another one I’d love to do a retelling of some day. Not a lot of people are familiar with the story.
5. Cinderella. There are so many wonderful retellings of Cinderella, it’s hard to pick a favorite.
4. The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I’ve always found this one fascinating. The whole underground world the princesses visit, it’s so dark and mysterious.
3. Snow White. I’d love to write a version of this story completely from the Evil Queen’s perspective.
2. Beauty and the Beast, especially the Disney version. Belle IS the best Disney princess.
1. Rapunzel. I remember having this read to me as a young child and it’s one that just stayed close to my heart. That’s why I wanted to do a contemporary retelling of it.
Rachel grew up in a tiny town in Minnesota. She still lives there with her husband, their four kids, three cats, and a perfectly overweight black lab. She coaches high school speech and theater, rides Arabian horses, reads as much as she can, and writes stories.
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In this modern day retelling of Rapunzel, Anya has her books, her photography, and her daydreams. She doesn’t think she needs anything else.
She lives in a house on the edge of town with her adopted mother, who goes to extreme measures to keep her daughter safe. Anya doesn’t even go to school, but instead has a private tutor. Anya tries not to acknowledge her loneliness; she puts her efforts into pleasing her mom, and gives her heart to her stories, secretly wishing for a story of her own.
Then one day at the library, the only place she's allowed to go, she takes a picture of a beautiful boy.
Before long she's lying to her mom, and sneaking out late at night to meet Zander. But Zander wants more than a secret romance. If Anya wants to be with the boy of her dreams, she will have to risk her relationship with the only other person she's ever cared about.
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