14 Fractured Fairy Tales for Teens

by Devon A. Corneal

Photography by Seana Williamson

Fairy tales are a staple of bedtime reading for children. Unfortunately, dwarves, giants, and magical mirrors seem to lose their appeal after elementary school. Happily, there’s no reason teens have to leave these enchanting stories behind. They just need new, creative, more adult versions of their old favorites. That’s why we’re thrilled to share a list of some of our favorite fairy tale retellings that we know will enchant your young adult readers.

Have you ever imagined Snow White in the Roaring ’20s with seven street urchins instead of dwarves? Interested in a modern-day LGBTQ retelling of Cinderella? These aren’t your grandmother’s fairy tales, and that’s a good thing.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2019 and updated in 2022.