On the Sixth day of Christmas Vacation

December 27th, 2008 • Kate

Six Geese A-LayingDaphne said to me, “It’s Saturday! But I’m posting anyway. Why? Because I’m freaking awesome, and it’s the only way I’ll get through Twelve Days of Christmas in two weeks.”
So, I have a question for the group. Can you give me some examples of multiple books based on the same myth or legend? Like, novels based on the story of Helen of Troy, or Cinderella. I’m picking your brains here, folks.
Sound off in the comments!

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6 Responses to “On the Sixth day of Christmas Vacation”

  1. suzanne72 Says:

    I just threw the question out to the family in the kitchen and of course, they jumped to musicals. Romeo and Juliet = Westside Story. Pygmalion = My Fair Lady. Les Miserables = Les Miserables. We are aware that your question called for multiple books based on the same story but unfortunately, we can think no further than musicals. We're off to sing now…

  2. Susan Helene Gottfri Says:

    Gregory Maguire's Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is the Cinderella story.
    That came to mind first. I know there are a billion others.
    Jeanne Ray: Julie and Romeo. (Should be apparent)
    I'll chime in with more if I think of them.

  3. Anna Swenson Says:

    Here’s a few I’ve read:
    Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine and Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix are both Cinderella retellings, Troy by Adele Geras and its sequels are based on the Greek mythology, Beast by Diana Jo Napoli is based on an Islamic Beauty and the Beast, and the Once Upon a Time series features many classic fairy tales like Snow White and Rapunzel. Shylock’s Daughter by Mirjam Pressler is based on Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. I think the twist on a well-loved tale is a popular plot for YA readers, I remember always liking them. Ella Enchanted is my favorite, but all of the above are quite well done.
    Thanks for posting during the holidays, Daphne! Keep up the great work!

  4. L.C. McCabe Says:

    You could probably house all the books based on Arthurian legend in their own wing in the Library of Congress.
    If you want underlying themes, then the prophesied child raised in obscurity and mentored by a wizard can describe Arthur/Merlin, Luke Skywalker/Obi Wan Kenobi, Harry Potter/Albus Dumbledore, and also Ruggiero/Atlante from the epic poems "Orlando Innamorato" and its sequel "Orlando Furioso." I'm sure there are many, many more.

  5. Empress Maeuve Says:

    Oooh! I want to play!
    Robin McKinley kind of specialized in this. Spindle's End- Sleeping Beauty
    Rose Daughter & Beauty- Beauty and the Beast
    Deerskin- Donkeyskin folktale
    Mercedes Lackey's Elemental Masters series reinvisions a different fairy tale in each book.
    The Fire Rose= Beauty and the Beast
    The Serpent's Shadow= Snow White
    The Gates of Sleep= Sleeping Beauty
    Phoenix & Ashes= Cinderella
    The Wizard of London= The Snow Queen
    Reserved for the Cat= Puss n Boots
    I know there's more but I can't think of them just now…

  6. beth Says:

    Nobody's Princess kicked off a series on Helen of Troy.