Top Ten Books that you would suggest If
You Like "X" TV
So, for my post, the TV show I have
selected is Once Upon a Time.
Once Upon a Time is probably my favorite TV show at the moment. Sometimes I
feel like I analyze and watch the show more than I read. So, for those of you
who have no idea what Once Upon a Time is, it's a show about fairytale
characters (and some classical literature) that live in the modern world in a
town in Maine called Storybrooke. So, all of these books are basically
fairytale or classical literature re-tellings/re-imaginings with a darker
twist. However, I could only think of nine (Sorry!)
1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
This book took a really
interesting twist on the story of Cinderella. While Cinderella is not a major
character in OUAT, it still reflects the darker fairytale style seen in Once.
2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I did not originally
know this when I picked up the book, but Throne
of Glass is actually a re-telling of Cinderella. (A very loose re-telling).
I recommend this not only because Throne
of Glass is probably one of my favorite fantasy books of all time, but
because it has a really great fantasy aspect that goes right along with OUAT.
Celaena reminds me a lot of pre-Charming Snow White-- tough and fierce and
unwilling to love.
3. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
While I have not read
this book, I've heard that it is a very dark re-imagining of the Beauty and the
Beast tale. Once's version of Beauty
and the Beast is simultaneously dark and sweet.
4. The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
First of all, let me
tell you how freaking much I love this book. It’s probably my favorite
re-imagining. For those of you who haven't read this amazing book, it is a
re-imagining of The Island of Dr. Moreau. Once
Upon a Time also does re-imaginings of classical literature. So, for anyone
who enjoys that aspect of Once, would
love this book.
5. Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd
This is the second
book in The Madman's Daughter series. While it has the same characters as the
first book, it is a re-imagining of The
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which I absolutely LOVED. This
book was much darker than the first, and so much more enjoyable. In addition to
that, the third book in the series will be a re-imagining of Frankenstein,
which has been used in Once Upon a Time.
6. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
For half of season
three in Once Upon a Time, the
Nevengers (Captain Hook, Regina, Emma, Charming, and Snow) fight the dangerous
Peter Pan in the even more dangerous Neverland. The Neverland and Peter Pan
story line in Once was absolutely my
favorite thing that they have ever done. Tiger Lily is a re-imagining of the
Peter Pan story with a love aspect, which shows a different side of the boy who
never wants to grow up. It's absolutely amazing.
7. The Selection by Kiera Cass
While this is not a
re-telling or re-imagining, it is still a fairytale-ish story. While it is lighter
and fluffier than the rest of the books I have named on this list, it still
reminds me of OUAT. Mainly Charming and Snow White's relationship before the
first curse was enacted.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Graceling is a really amazing
dark fantasy novel. The reason I added it to my list was that I felt that one
relationship in the book reflected a really prominent relationship in Once. Katsa and Po's relationship really
parallels that of Hook and Emma in OUAT. Both are hesitant of each other in the
beginning, but learn to love each other later on. However, with Captain Swan,
we're still waiting on that True Love's Kiss.
Must Die by Danielle Paige
In light of recent events on
OUAT, this fits perfectly. Once Upon a Time's most recent plot has to do with
the Wicked Witch of the West, which really puts in a new spin on the Wizard of
Oz tale. Nothing is as it seems, much like the plot in this book.
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