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15th-Jan-2014 09:16 pm Noire by hydrangea (Teen)
Like in Cinderella, time is running out, and I expect this will be my last rec. It's been a blast having one last joyride. Cheers.

Fandom: Fairy Tales: Cinderella
Pairing/Characters: Cinderella/Princess, Cinderella/Stepmother
Length: 10K
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: It's got the canon pieces but it's put together in a world of royal hierarchy and court intrigue.

Despite the pairing, there's no "ick incest" factor here. Cinderella is already grown and out of the house when her father marries his second wife, and they have no mother-daughter dynamic going. What they do have is a lot of secrets, a lot of politics and a lot of UST going on. Moody and absorbing and twisty. Enjoy.

Noire

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15th-Jan-2014 08:02 pm Fairy Tales (Jack and the Beanstalk)/Literary(Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen) (Gen)
Title: Catherine's Fairy-Tale by ryfkah
Character: Catherine Morland Tilney
Length: 1091 words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: It's a great merge between the two canons.

Catherine is now grown and a married lady, but she hasn't lost her spirit of adventure. When a giant beanstalk shows up inexplicably in the middle of her garden and her husband gone to town, she has to weigh her options. Enjoy.

Catherine's Fairy-Tale

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15th-Jan-2014 07:35 pm Sealskin by osprey archer (Teen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: The Selkie
Pairing: The Selkie/OFC
Length: 1486 words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: One more reason for selkies to pair up with women than with men.

Catherine is a young living in a castle by the sea while her husband is off to Calais. She meets a selkie and, through mutual loneliness, they strike up a friendship. As the months go by, the husband is not in sight and the selkie must make a decision. Enjoy.

Sealskin

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15th-Jan-2014 06:32 pm Gretel and the Forest by thankyouturtle (Gen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Hansel and Gretel
Characters: Gretel, Hansel, Mother, Father, Stepmother
Length: 1181 words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: It's a modern-day retelling that fixes some of the problems I had with the original. Enjoy.

Gretel and the Forest

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15th-Jan-2014 05:29 pm Out Flew The Web and Floated Wide by Lady Sarai (Gen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Rapunzel
Pairing/Characters: Rapunzel/Prince; Prince, Rapunzel, OCs
Length: 3K words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: It's a coda told from the prince's POV, as he struggles with blindness and trying to find his true love. Enjoy

Out Flew the Web and Floated Wide

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15th-Jan-2014 05:07 pm High Tides and New Terrain by littlerrhymes (Gen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: The Little Mermaid (Disney)
Pairing/Characters: Ariel/Eric; Ariel Triton OC
Length: 1314 words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: We often get an epilogue about how things are going for Ariel and Eric. This is all about Triton.

Triton misses his daughter terribly, wondering how she's doing. However, he's got a kingdom to run and other family to protect. Still, one day he decides to pay a visit, hoping for a glance of Ariel. Enjoy.

High Tides and New Terrain

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15th-Jan-2014 04:32 pm Rose Without Thorn by Paranoiac (Gen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Beauty and the Beast (Disney)
Pairing/Characters: Belle/Beast; Belle, Adam, canon characters
Length: 2K
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: Just a sweet little coda to the movie. Belle used to dream of being a princess and all that it would mean. Now that she's about to become one, she's not sure about it. Enjoy.

Rose Without Thorn

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15th-Jan-2014 03:40 pm By Design by dreamiflame (Gen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Master Cat/Puss in Boots
Characters: Puss, original/canon characters
Length: 7K words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: It's Steampunk Puss!

Upon his death, inventor August bequeaths his youngest son, Marcus, the only automaton he built that has independent thought: Puss in Boots. Since his older brother inherited the family home, Marcus sets off with Puss to seek his fortune. However, he's clueless as to how to go about that. Fortunately, Puss has an idea or two. Enjoy.

By Design

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15th-Jan-2014 03:08 pm The Man Who Chased the Setting Sun by LostWendy1 (Gen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Original fairy tale with references to others
Characters: The King, The Queen, The Prince, The Peasant Girl, original and canon characters
Length: 12K words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: Because sometimes you need a little help figuring things out.

Despite having parents who were loving to him and beloved by their people, there was once a prince who was very spoiled indeed. His parents gently tried to point out how wrong-headed he was being, but I'm afraid they mis-stepped by spoiling their only child. Any beautiful thing he saw he wanted immediately, but often abandoned it for the next shiny.

One day, his fancy was captured by an unusually beautiful sunset and he decided he must own the sun. Though everyone, including the sun, tells him it is impossible, he is sure that a handsome prince like himself will be able to figure out how to accomplish his goal. Thus he begins a long and winding quest. Enjoy.

The Man Who Chased the Setting Sun

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14th-Jan-2014 03:37 pm Magic and Mothers by Amethyst (Gen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Cinderella
Pairing/Characters: Cinderella/Prince Charming; Cinderella, Stepmother, Stepsisters, Fairy Godmother, OCs
Length: 10K words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: It's takes the fairy tale and turns it on its head in some respects and yet stays true to it.

This might be subtitled "Mothers and Daughters", as it really explores the relationships surrounding two sets of them: Cinderella and her stepmother and and Lady Westley and her headstrong daughter Mariana. The time is during the Regency era and this reads very much like a Jane Austen novel. Besides observing the action between the players, we also get information through letters and diary entries.

The biggest difference between our world and theirs is that magic is commonplace. Magical folk are born to non-magical folk and vice versa. So the appearance of a fairy godmother isn't quite so surprising. Enjoy.

Magic and Mothers

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14th-Jan-2014 03:32 pm But That's Another Story by rosemaryandrue (Gen)
I'm not quite sure when the cut-off will be, so I wanted to take the opportunity now to say how delightful it's been to share my love of fairy tale fanfic with you.  Because it is a Small Fandom, I had a chance to read and recommend so many more than I thought possible.  I tried to rout out stories of the more obscure canon as well as showcasing the well-known.  One more acknowledgement of Yuletide for ten years' worth of small fandom love.  Thanks to everyone who commented here and to the authors.  Feedback rocks and so do you.

Fandom: Fairy Tales: Wild Swans (Hans Christian Andersen)
Characters: The Princess, Youngest Brother
Length: 900 words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: This takes place after the end of the fairy tale. Sister and brother are able to speak together for the first time. She's grieving because she was unable to completely cure him; he tells her about some of the things he saw when he was a swan. Enjoy.

But That's Another Story

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14th-Jan-2014 11:59 am Le Rouge et le Blanc et le Noir by Quillori (not rated but I'd guess Mature)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and Rose Red, Grandaunt Tiger
Characters: original and canon characters
Length: 2K words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: If you're looking for the dark of Red Riding Hood and perhaps a little more, give this a try. Grandaunt Tiger is sometimes referred to as the Chinese version of Red Riding Hood and I'm not sure which came first. But I'd have to call this a fusion of the fairy tales, with Snow White and Rose Red as characters in a blending of the other two. Enjoy.

Le Rouge et le Blanc et le Noir

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13th-Jan-2014 05:58 pm A Skin Made of Sorrows by Carenejeans (Gen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Catskin
Characters: Princess (Catskin), King, Prince
Length: 3K words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: It's an interesting treatment of what is essentially a tale of a dark subject: mourning turned to obsession. As the Princess watches her widowed father fall apart, she does her best to cope. But when he demands that she replace the Queen as his wife, she despairs.

But with a bit of magical help and her own inner compass, she just might survive the nightmare. Enjoy.

A Skin Made of Sorrows

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13th-Jan-2014 03:19 pm Beast of Both Worlds by the alchemist (Teen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Beauty and the Beast
Pairing/Characters: Belle/Beast; OFC
Length: 2K words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: Because sometimes you need a levelheaded woman to make sense out of a fairy tale.

And that woman is Cally, Belle's twin sister. A year after Belle has lived with the Beast, she's on a visit to her home, fully armed with the magic mirror and ring. She bubbles over with her love for the Beast, but Cally is concerned that her sister is being manipulated. When the mirror shows the Beast unconscious in the garden, Belle faints in alarm, which provides an opportunity for Cally to do a little investigating. Enjoy.

Beast of Both Worlds

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13th-Jan-2014 01:11 pm My Very Existence is a Monument by elishabet aka Snow (Gen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Aladdin (Disney)
Pairing/Characters: Aladdin/Jasmine; OFC, Abu, Carpet, Genie, Sultan, Jafar
Length:
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: Excerpt: "Fact: My father left before I remember, and my mother died when I was two. Fact: All underfed children look similar, and when people see 'scruffy' they think 'male'. Fact: It's easier to be a young man on the streets of Agrabah than it is to be a young woman."

So, what if Aladdin was born a boy in the body of a female? How different would the tale have gone? Written for LGBT Fest, we see life through Aladdin's eyes and, through them, the Disney movie takes on a whole new view. Enjoy.

My Very Existence is a Monument

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12th-Jan-2014 09:35 pm Reading John Cleland by unknown author (Explicit)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Beauty and the Beast (Disney)
Pairing/Characters: Belle/Beast
Length: 701 words
Author Website: This story has been orphaned. It was originally written for a Porn Battle Challenge in 2009

Why this must be read: It's a fairy tale PWP! Belle has moved from fear of the Beast to attraction, but how to let him know when he's unfamiliar with the usual signals? Select a very specific book and have him read her passages from it.

I had to laugh when I saw the author that Belle selects; it took me back to my youth. Enjoy.

Reading John Cleland

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12th-Jan-2014 08:03 pm After Silence by Truth (Mature)
Yuletide pre-dates AO3, so this story was on the original site. When Yuletide was migrated to AO3, there were thousands of stories that did not get the exposure that they had enjoyed before. That's why I've had such fun digging up these older stories. This one is from Yuletide 2007.

Fandom: Fairy Tales: The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Pied Piper of Hamlin
Characters: The Princesses, The King, The Soldier, The Pied Piper, other canon and original characters
Length: 8K words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: Because despite our hope for a happily ever after, sometimes they just don't happen.

What do these two fairy tales have in common? They revolve around music and they remind us of the caveat "be careful what you wish for". Truth weaves them together as if they were one story instead of two, and the moodiness of the tale she's woven stays true all through the telling. Heed the warnings and then, if you're inclined for something a bit darker than usual, sink your teeth into this one.  Enjoy.

After Silence

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12th-Jan-2014 07:55 pm Whole New Worlds by cest what (Teen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Disney Princesses, Mulan
Pairing/Characters: Belle/Fa Mulan; Ariel, Prince Naveen, Fa Mulan, Belle
Length: 1281 words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: Disney Princesses in Space! The spaceship "The Wendy Bird" is having propulsions problems. Mulan goes in search of the new engineer, Belle, and discovers a whole new world. Short and cute. Enjoy.

Whole New Worlds

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11th-Jan-2014 05:51 pm Waking by Dira Sudis (Teen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Sleeping Beauty
Pairing/Characters: OFC, the King, OCs
Length: 9K words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: Because for every princess and happily ever after, there are good folk surrounding them whose stories are worth telling. One of them is Fina, a young woman who lives in a village within Sleeping Beauty's kingdom.

It's been ninety-nine years since the princess and everyone in the castle have been asleep. Fina is struck by a debilitating illness that leaves terrible black disfigurements around her neck. It's called the King's Evil and there is no cure save one: the King must touch the afflicted person, who will be instantly healed. The problem is that the King is asleep, and Fina will not survive long enough for the curse to lift.

What to do? Fina decides that she must find the king and wake him. Enjoy.

Waking

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11th-Jan-2014 05:36 pm Triton's Cove by cjmarlowe (Gen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Little Mermaid (Disney)
Pairing/Characters: Ariel/Eric; King Triton
Length: 1584 words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: Eric loves Ariel totally and he knows she feels the same way. Yet her transition to the land world has been hard and their differences are many. He wonders whether she will regret their life and want to return to the sea. He gets his answers from an unexpected place. Enjoy.

Triton's Cove

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11th-Jan-2014 05:34 pm The Hunt For Man-Yu-El by cimorene (Gen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Aladdin (Disney)
Pairing/Characters: Jasmine/Aladdin; Rajah, Genie
Length: 3K words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: Just a little light-hearted story that touches on crack.

A crisis has developed in the peaceful city of Agrabah. One of the water purifiers is on the blink, something that hasn't happened in over two hundred years and was last fixed by a sorcerer. Of course, the Genie would be able to fix it in a flash, but since gaining his freedom, trying to find him is problematical. Aladdin is out of town and Jasmine is informed that her accumulation of magical artifacts makes her their best hope for fixing the thing. And on top of that, it's "that" time of the month for the Queen.

As much as she would like to lay on her bed with a hot water bottle and eat bon-bons, Jasmine rises to the task of finding out what is wrong with the purifier. In doing so, everyone learns a lot. Enjoy.

The Hunt for Man-Yu-El

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10th-Jan-2014 08:17 pm Finding a New Happily Ever After by Eustacia Vye (Gen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Cinderella
Pairing/Characters: Cinderella/Prince; Cinderella, Stepsisters, Fairy Godmother, Stepmother, OCs
Length: 4K words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: It's a nice character study of the younger of the stepsisters, Vivienne.

She was young enough when her mother married Cinderella's father that she called him "Papa" and felt affection for him and sadness when he died. Although she was never mean and vindictive towards her stepsister, as her mother and sister were, she is consumed with guilt for not doing more to help Cinderella.

Now that Ellanora (Cinderella) is princess and her mother is in prison, Vivienne's life is worse as she's forced to live with her nasty sister. But there might be a little magic left to help her. Enjoy.

Finding a New Happily Ever After

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10th-Jan-2014 09:26 am Sleeping Charming by Starbrow (Gen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Sleeping Beauty (Disney)
Pairing/Characters: Aurin/Phillipa, canon characters
Length: 4K words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: It not only deals with the problematic issues of consent in canon, but is gender reversed as well, providing a delightful heroine.

This story starts at the christening of Prince Aurin, just after Merriweather bestows her gift that mitigates Maleficent's curse. Four-year-old Princess Phillipa, very observant and sensible for her four years of age, already knows she is betrothed to Aurin. She takes the moment of disarray caused by the situation to slip next to the baby and whisper her own gift: a vow to be a good queen, to look after him and his kingdom and keep them all safe.

Sixteen years later, she is put to the test when things go awry in an unusual way. Enjoy.

Sleeping Charming

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10th-Jan-2014 09:21 am The Skin Beneath the Skin by jibrailis (Teen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: The Little Mermaid (Disney)
Pairing/Characters: Ariel/Eric; canon characters, OCs
Length: 2K words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: It's about being happy with your life but unhappy with the cost.

Ariel makes a choice that forces her into life-long exile from everything she knows. She never falls out of love with Eric and eventually gets used to the strangeness of living on land. But being love-struck prevented her from seeing all that she would lose for so many years, since her choice was irrevocable. Or was it? Enjoy.

The Skin Beneath the Skin

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9th-Jan-2014 11:33 am Esther and the Egg by sistermagpie (Gen)
I often laugh reading TV Tropes at how often a plot device is re-used on television. Little did I know that there are folk story tropes as well. If this plot seems similar to Bluebeard, it is! But it's actually a reworking of "Fitcher's Bird", which is a fairy tale from those grim Grimm brothers.

Fandom: Fairy Tales: Fitcher's Bird
Characters: Fitcher, OCs
Length: 3K
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: Sistermagpie has done a terrific job of updating the setting to New York City during the Roaring Twenties, the flavor coming through in the descriptions and dialogue. Esther is a smart cookie with great gams who works as a dancer in a jazz club. The Egg is a customer who comes in occasionally; long enough to blow some money on a girl who catches his eye, sweeping her off her feet and out of the club. Although no woman taken away by the Egg is ever seen again, no one seems too fussed about it. Except Esther.

When Egg's eye finally lights on our heroine, Esther realizes that she's in trouble. But she knows she's got to keep her head and keep the faith if she doesn't want to lose her life. Enjoy.

Esther and the Egg

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9th-Jan-2014 11:29 am As the Sea Will Allow by sophia sol (Teen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: The Selkie (Irish folk tales)
Pairing/Characters: The Selkie/OFC; OCs
Length: 6K words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: It's a charming twist on the traditional folk tale.

Jeannette is a Vancouver woman on a camping trip near the ocean. Her intent is to repair the relationship with her estranged sister, who is her only living relative. Unfortunately, things aren't going well and she finds herself drawn to the solace of the sea. While climbing on the rocky shore, she comes across a pelt, and the selkie to whom it belongs. Enjoy.


As the Sea Will Allow

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9th-Jan-2014 11:26 am An Autobiography - of sorts by nebula99 (Teen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Tatterhood
Characters: Tatterhood, other canon characters (of sorts)
Length: 2K words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: It's a very cool transformation of what I think is kind of a peculiar Norwegian fairy tale (sorry if I offend).

Tatterhood is one of two children born to a couple via magic. While her sister dreams of being a dress-up princess, Tat thinks rough and tumble adventures are the cat's meow. The skills she's learned and her innate fierceness serve her well when trouble comes knocking at their door. Enjoy.

An Autobiography - of sorts

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8th-Jan-2014 10:14 am The Silver Whistle by mock turtle (Teen)
Fandom: Fairy/Folk Tales: Bluebeard
Pairing/Characters: Bluebeard/Ariadne; Anne
Length: 2K
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: If you'd like a palate cleanser between happily ever afters, you might like this.

The narrator is Anne, older sister to Bluebeard's current wife, Ariadne. They have discovered Bluebeard's horrible secret just as Bluebeard has returned and he's ready to dispatch Ariadne for her disobedience.

But in a twist from canon, Bluebeard had given Anne the key for safekeeping, not trusting that Ariadne could control her curiosity. So, why did Anne give Ariadne the key, knowing her younger sister's nature and likely choice? Anne's perceptions and motives are revealed. Enjoy.

The Silver Whistle

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8th-Jan-2014 10:08 am Girls Glanced Lovelier by SlashMyDreams (Gen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Cinderella
Pairing/Characters: Princess/Cinderella, Prince Charming/OMC
Length: 6K words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: What do you do when you've absolutely no chance of marrying into a happily ever after? That's the dilemma that Prince Charming faces. He loves Henry, but is required by law to marry a woman. His sister, Lara, shares the same problem. They commiserate, and then they decide to hatch a plan that might have the tiniest outside chance of getting them to that longed-for storybook ending. Enjoy.

Girls Glanced Lovelier

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8th-Jan-2014 09:38 am lovely, dark and deep by kitsuneasika (Teen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Hansel and Gretel
Characters: Witch, Gretel, Hansel
Length: 3K
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: It speculates on how Gretel was able to hold her own against a powerful witch.

When Gretel spies a light in a forest that should be empty, she's wary, remembering warnings of her dead mother. But Hansel is sick and she has little choice but to try their luck at the lone cottage. Disconcertingly, the woman who lives in the cottage seems to have knowledge about Gretel's family and situation. But Gretel is not without knowledge of the darker arts and she uses it to protect her brother while trying to figure out who she is and how to survive. The title is apt. Enjoy.

lovely, dark and deep

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