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!
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.
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. 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.
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!