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50+ LGBT+ Retellings

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If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that retellings are one of my absolute favourite things to read. Since it’s LGBT+ Pride Month, I thought I’d put together a list of queer retellings to share with you all. Hopefully you’ll find something for your TBR or any future readathon prompts.

I’ve been as thorough as I could be, but if there’s any I’ve missed or anything you don’t think belongs here, please let me know down in the comments.

Note: I’ve read a lot of these, but not all, so I can’t make promises about the representation. If you want details on any, let me know and I’ll do my best to help you out. 



Fairy Tales



Snow White

The Ice Princess’s Fair Illusion by Lynn E. O’Connacht

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust


Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman (and Snow White)

In Ageless Sleep by Arden Ellis

Beauty & Cruelty by Meredith Katz


The Snow Queen

The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher

Winterglass by Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Robbergirl by S.T. Gibson


Hansel and Gretel

Gretel: A Fairytale Retold by Niamh Murphy


The Little Mermaid

The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember

Sea Foam and Silence by Lynn E. O’Connacht



Ripped Pages by M. Hollis


Little Red Riding Hood

Hunting Monsters by S.L. Huang

Caged Bird Rising by Nino Delia


Beauty and the Beast

The Beast That Never Was by Caren J. Werlinger

Beast by Brie Spangler

In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard


Snow White and Rose Red

The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell (Forthcoming January 21, 2020)



Cinder Ella by S.T. Lynn

Ash by Malinda Lo

Cinders by Mette Bach

Charming by Mette Bach


Jack and Jill

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire


Mythology and Folklore




Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi

The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer

The Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan

Alcestis by Katharine Beutner

Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry (Forthcoming October 8)

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

Lyra by Erica Crouch



Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee (Forthcoming September 3)

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan



Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy


Robin Hood

Greenwode by J. Tullos Hennig

Marian by Ella Lyons

Lambs Can Always Become Lions by Charlotte Anne Hamilton


Classic Novels



Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Peter Darling by Austin Chant

Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey


Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Take Your Medicine by Hannah Carmack


Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell & Beth Bernobich

My Dearest Holmes by Rohase Piercy


Edgar Allan Poe

His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler (Forthcoming September 24)


The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

The Princess And The Fangirl by Ashley Poston


A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Bureau of Holiday Affairs by Andi Marquette



Plays and Ballets



Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore (also Snow White and Rose Red)

A Lake of Feathers and Moonbeams by Dax Murray


The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Winterspell by Claire Legrand


William Shakespeare

Gale: A Sci-fi Novella by Lyssa Chiavari

Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett

As I Descended by Robin Talley


18 thoughts on “50+ LGBT+ Retellings”

  1. Hallo, Hallo Lou!

    I love that you’ve compiled this list!! I’ll definitely check-out a lot of the selections – I personally attempted to read “As I Descended” – I believe for #Mythothon? It was a purchase REQ of mine at the library? I couldn’t connect with it… which was disappointing as it was a re-spin on MacBeth! 😦

    Outrun the Wind is a purchase request I need to make – I was waiting to see if one of my libraries would buy it and/or if I could ILL it… that’s been on my #mustread list.

    The others I believe I’ve either known about and/or are new to me. Thanks for giving me a list to research as I love seeking out more LGBTQ+ Lit!

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  2. Queer retelling list – yes please! I realize that I’ve read tons of lgbtqia+ books but not much in the way of retellings. I am quite interested in As I Descended but I know it’s gotten really mixed reviews. It sounds creepy though, so I have to give it a shot at least lol

    Thank you for taking the time to compile this list!

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  3. Wow so many titles I haven’t heard of! I’ve only read like two from this list. The Song of Achilles *chef’s kiss* and Peter Darling. Thank you for this wonderful list!

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