I absolutely LOVE retellings and how clever they can be, so here’s a list of some that I’ve read or have seen around. Let me know in the comments if I missed one you love and I’ll add it! (I’m not sure that all of these are classified as YA, but they’re in that same area).

I broke this down into sections to hopefully make it a bit easier to find something:

Fairy Tales


Snow White

Beauty & the Beast

Sleeping Beauty


The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Peter Pan

Aladdin/1,001 Nights

Red Riding Hood

Hansel & Gretel: Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

The Little MermaidMermaid by Carolyn Turgeon

The Frog Prince: 

RumpelstiltskinA Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

The Snow Queen


Alice In Wonderland


The Wizard of Oz: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Robin Hood

The Nutcracker: Winterspell by Claire Legrand

A Tale of Two Cities: Tell the Wind and Fire

Jane Eyre: Jane by April Lindner

Wuthering Heights: Catherine by April Lindner

The Scottish ballad of Tam Lin

Lois Lane (Superman is a classic ok): Fallout by Gwenda Bond

TarzanWild by Alex Mallory

The Fall of the House of Usher: The Fall by Bethany Griffin

The Phantom of the Opera: RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

Moby Dick: Railsea by China Mieville

PersuasionFor Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

The Scarlet Pimpernel: Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

Pride & Prejudice

Greek Mythology

Rick Riordan is the obvious one I probably don’t need to list…

Hades & Persephone:

Cupid & Pysche:



Romeo & Juliet


A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Twelfth Night

The Tempest

The Winter’s Tale: Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

Much Ado About NothingConfessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Gehrman


13 comments on “100+ YA Retellings”

  1. This is an amazing list! There are things here that I’ve heard of that I didn’t even know were retellings. The one other book that comes to mind is Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston – I know it’s a retelling of (or at least inspired by) Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. It’s a really incredible, thought-provoking read.

    • Ooh thanks! I’ve had that ARC on my TBR for so long — I had no idea it was a retelling! Definitely adding that now 🙂

  2. Where have you been? WHY HAS NO ONE TOLD ME THIS LIST EXISTED????! Thank you, now I can choose which retelling I can read next and use this as a guidance. You are a lifesaver! <3

    • Hahah well I’m glad you found it then. Hope you find something you like! Aaaand not all of them are super good… just a warning 🙂 It’s kind of hit or miss!

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