It’s no secret that retellings are one of the best things to come out of YA lately. These remixes of the classics we grew up with give us *life* and make our bookshelves look oh so pretty. We know there are a lot of them, so in honor of THE WISH GRANTER by C.J. Redwine, a fantasy retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, we decided to have some fun with it and turn the genre into a little game!
If you scroll down a little, you’ll see our official Epic Reads Retellings Bingo card! The idea is to score five in a row, marking off any spot once you read a book that fills its category. Think you can do it? Think you already have?! Take a peak, download the image, print it out—whatever you think will help you tackle this epic fantastical challenge.
Want to download this and print it? You can download the PDF version right here!
Not sure where to start? No worries! We’ve got your back. (And don’t worry, it’s not in a creepy you’ll-regret-it-later Rumpelstiltskin kind of way. We’re actually here to help.) Here are a few suggestions for each square of recent releases that will help you check off another box until you get to shout out BINGO! But just remember that there are SO MANY retellings out there so consider this list below just a place to get started!
Beauty & the Beast Retelling Suggestions
Retellings of Something You Might Not Have Heard of Before
- The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins (retelling of The Singing Bone)
- Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter (retelling of Vassilissa the Beautiful)
- Ramayana by Daljit Nagra (retelling of Ramayana)
- Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (retelling of Labyrinth)
- The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes (retelling of The Handless Maiden)
Jane Austen Retelling Suggestions:
The Snow Queen Retelling Suggestions:
Hades/Persephone Retelling Suggestions:
Little Red Riding Hood Retelling Suggestions
Sci-Fi Retelling Suggestions:
Rapunzel Retelling Suggestions:
Gothic Retelling Suggestions
- This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
- The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
- Roseblood by A.G. Howard
Cinderella Retelling Suggestions
Romeo & Juliet Retelling Suggestions
- Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
- Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin
- The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
Contemporary Retelling Suggestions
1001 Nights Retelling Suggestions
- The Wrath and the Dawn by Reneé Ahdieh
- In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente
- The Ninety-Ninth Bride by Catherine F. King
The Princess is a Badass Warrior Suggestions:
Snow White Retelling Suggestions
Sleeping Beauty Retelling Suggestions:
Alice in Wonderland Retelling Suggestions:
- Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
- Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
- Mad About the Hatter by Dakota Chase
Classical Literature Retelling Suggestions
- Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesa Lia Block (retelling of The Odyssey)
- Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (retelling of The Iliad)
Peter Pan Retelling Suggestions
- Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
- Never Ever by Sara Saedi
- Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
- Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey
- Peter Darling by Austin Chant
Fairy Tale Mashup Suggestions
- Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer
- The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
- Kingdom of Ash & Briars by Hannah West
Need help with any others? Have a favorite you don’t see space for on the card? Drop a comment below and let us know!
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- Which Fairy Tale Retelling Should You Read Based On Your Zodiac Sign?
- Neil Gaiman Explains Why Fairy Tales Are Badass
- Alternative Endings to Your Favorite Fairy Tales