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

11 Gorgeous Adaptations for Lesbians and Queer Girls who Love Fairy Tales!

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

All of the novels in this list are lesbian books and most are by lesbian authors, they are all stand-alone stories (no anthologies this time), that are still available and to buy as ebooks and/or in print, and they are all based on a particular fairy tale or folklore legend.

Each one has been retold to include lesbian main characters and contains a central lesbian love story. This list is focusing on fantasy or historical settings with magical elements (modern retellings are for another time) and although many of these are categorised as lesbian young adult fiction, some are a little more mature.


There are also TWO completely free ebook downloads at the end of this awesome lesbian fairy tale book list! Woot!

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

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These first two lesbian novels are retellings of the classic Cinderella story. S. T. Lynn explores the tale with a trans main character falling for a Princess Charming, and Malinda Lo turns the tale even further on its head with her lead ignoring the royal bachelor entirely in one of the best LGBT YA books I read in 2017.

Snow White

Sarah Diemer, Elora Bishop, and Jennifer Diemer were the queens of fairy tale retellings. Sadly, many of their older books are now out of print as they have moved on to writing under different names (although there is hope that they will have new life under Sarah/Elora’s real name, Bridget Essex who writes some of the loveliest lesbian romance books around). But 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. 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 Katy while falling unexpectedly in love along the way…

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

Another two great lesbian novels! First, Karen Kallmaker’s new adaptation takes its inspiration not only from the original, but also from 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, The Witch Sea, is one of the two free ebooks on this list, so grab a copy while you can!

Hansel and Gretel – this is mine!

Currently available as a free ebook across all platforms, my own lesbian fantasy book download 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 lesbian book list? How many of these love stories have you read? Have I left out any of your top lesbian fairy tale retellings? What fairy tale would you like to see get a lesbian remake?

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! šŸ˜
      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! šŸ˜†

      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! šŸ™‚

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