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11 Gorgeous Adaptations for Lesbians and Queer Girls who Love Fairy Tales! (Including 2 FREE books!)

I love fairy tales! And I love sapphic fairy tales even more! So, I’ve gathered 11 gorgeous lesbian adaptations for you to enjoy.

All of these books are complete, stand-alone stories, that are still available and to buy as ebooks or in print, and they are all based on a particular fairy tale or folklore tale.

Each one has been retold to include a lesbian main character and all of them are set in a fantasy or historical setting with magical elements (modern retellings are for another time) and the last two books in the list are currently available for FREE!

I hope you love them all as much as I do!

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Cinderella

These first two are retellings of the classic Cinderella story. S. T. Lynn explores the story with a trans mc falling for a Princess Charming, and Malinda Lo turns the tale even further on its head with her lead ignoring the royal bachelor entirely.

Snow White

Sarah Diemer, Elora Bishop, and Jennifer Diemer were the queens of fairy tale retellings. Sadly, many of their books are now out of print (although there is hope that they will have new life under Sarah/Elora’s real name, Bridget Essex). For now, you can still enjoy Jennifer Diemer’s magical retelling of Snow White.

The Snow Queen

From the same source tale as Disney’s Frozen, The Raven and the Reindeer sticks closer to the original Hans Christian Andersen text than the Elsa story, whilst taking it to an entirely new level.Β  The prose is light, bouncy, and fun and the tale itself is seeped in magic as we follow Gerta on her epic quest to rescue Kay.

Beauty and the Beast

Two books, one fairy tale, and two vastly different novels. Werlinger keeps us in the dark woods with a cursed young woman and a band of huntsmen ready to kill the beasts that stalk the forest. While Wolfe takes us to a strange and marvellous estate, with mystery and magic pouring through every page.

The Little Mermaid

Karen Kallmaker’s new adaptation takes its inspiration not only from the original, but also from both the Disney movie and Shakespeare’s Tempest, with both Caliba[n] and Princess Erica playing a role. While Julia Ember takes the story North, to the Nordic ice sheets, with Viking warriors and the trickster God, Loki helping and hindering our bisexual mermaid heroine.

Selkie Folktales

Not from any specific tale, I couldn’t resist including these gorgeous adaptations of selkie stories. These strange shifters shed their seal skin once they leave the water and reveal a more human form that bewitches our heroines. S. E. Deimer’s tale is one of the two free books on this list, so grab a copy while you can

Hansel and Gretel – this is mine!

Currently free to download on Amazon, my own story is a retelling of Hansel and Gretel. You may recognise some of the elements of the tale, but I promise you, this is not the story you remember!

So what did you think of this list? How many have you read? Have I left out any fairy tale retellings? What is your favourite fairy tale?

Let me know in the comments!

4 thoughts on “11 Gorgeous Adaptations for Lesbians and Queer Girls who Love Fairy Tales! (Including 2 FREE books!)

  1. Beauty & Cruelty by Meredith Katz
    High & Mighty by S.S. Skye
    In Ageless Sleep by Arden Ellis
    Marian by Ella Lyons
    Ripped Page by M. Hollis
    Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
    Lost & Found by J. Hollis
    A Woman Scorned by Rachel Frank
    Beast by Rachel Frank
    Beating the Bounds by Parker Foye
    Nobility by Kayla Bain-Vrba
    Stolen Heart by Angie Bee
    Bonnie and the Beast by Alexa Black
    Walking on Knives by Maya Chhabra
    The Broken Forest by Megan Derr
    Brideprice.com by Eve Francis
    Witch, Cat, and Cobb by J.K. Pendragon
    The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
    Taliasman by Anastasia Vitsky

    1. Wow! That’s a lot of books! 😍
      I haven’t heard of some of them: it would be great to know which fairy tales these are all retellings of, and if they definitely have f/f pairings (I know the sleeper and the spindle can be quite a let down for readers looking for LGBT representation)
      I’m thinking of doing another list post with myth & legend retellings so some of these would definitely work for that, perhaps I should do a post for contemporary retellings too? That might be fun! πŸ˜†

      1. They’re all FF, I wouldn’t have listed them if they weren’t. As to which they’re all based on, I would have listed if I had more time, but I’ve got a guest coming in like 30 minutes so I’ll have to come back and do it later. Some of them are original, or like mine, is a mishmash of fairytales. But some are direct respins (Walking on Knives is Little Mermaid, Bonnie and the Beast is exactly what it seems, Ripped Pages is Rapunzel).

        A post for contemporary would be a lot of fun! ^_^

        1. What did you think of the sleeper and the spindle? I’ve avoided it due to reviews pointing to queer baiting. I’d love to get your thoughts if you have time! πŸ™‚

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