Escape from Reality: Fantastic Fairy Tales for Grown-Ups

by Devon A. Corneal

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A fairy tale is often defined as a children’s story involving magical beasts, imaginary creatures, and fantastical lands. That definition is true as far as it goes, but I know plenty of adults who still enjoy stories about witches and princesses, curses and spells, and happily ever afters. Fairy tales offer an escape from reality, and I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t crave that once in a while. So for the children grown old among us, here’s a list of fables and folktales filled with royalty, impossible love, adventure, and a dash of magic.

YA Reads You Might Also Like…
If you’re willing to branch out into YA, there are more fabulous fairy tales to be found. Check out Reign of Shadows, Kingdom of Ashes (“Sleeping Beauty” after the kiss), Mechanica (a tech-savvy “Cinderella”), Ash & Bramble (“Cinderella” deconstructed), The Great Hunt (a retelling of “The Singing Bone”), The Sleeper and the Spindle (a creepy “Sleeping Beauty”), The Girl Who Circumvented Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, Briar Rose, and The Book of Lost Things.

Don’t let the kids keep the good stuff to themselves!