I’m going to be honest on this #fairytalefridays. I actually really dislike Alice in Wonderland. I’ve always found it incredibly creepy. But, I have enjoyed some retellings, especially the ones that really lean into the darkness of the story. If you’re looking for some thrills and chills, try one of these retellings.
A Blade so Black by L.L. McKinney: Alice is trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland in this menacing, lush tale.
Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes: This suspenseful, fantastical tale follows the downward spiral of princess Dinah, whose future reign in Wonderland is threatened by a devastating betrayal.
After Alice by Gregory Maguire: In this whimsical, engaging story, Alice’s friend Ada tumbles down the same rabbit hole and sets out to rescue her friend from a surreal world.
Splintered by A.G. Howard: Descended from the inspiration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alyssa learns that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests, she may save her family from their curse in this creepy, atmospheric tale.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer: A whimsical, compelling prequel to Alice in Wonderland following Cath, who would rather open a bakery and marry for love than accept a proposal from the King of Hearts.
What’s your favorite Alice in Wonderland retelling? What fairytale should we tackle next?