What are the best LGBT retellings of classic novels?

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    #1Sleeping Beauty, Indeed & Other Lesbian Fairytales

    Sleeping Beauty, Indeed & Other Lesbian Fairytales

    Sleeping Beauty, Indeed & Other Lesbian Fairytales is a collection of lesbian fantasy romance and adventure stories written by JoSelle Vanderhooft. It was published in July 2006 and was a finalist for that year's Gaylactic Spectrum Award

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    Kevin Pena
    Written on April 17, 2018
    ""Sleeping Beauty, Indeed & Other Lesbian Fairytales" is a desperate attempt to create something for LGBT community and the problem is that the book is trying to use the recognition and the market capitalization of the well known intellectual properties without standing on its own as an independent work with the substance. "
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    #2Witches, Princesses, and Women at Arms

    Witches, Princesses, and Women at Arms

    Witches, Princesses, and Women at Arms: Erotic Lesbian Fairy Tales is an anthology of lesbian romantic and adventure story for adults written by Sacchi Green. It was published in May 2017. It is about lesbian heroines saving damsels in distress.

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    Dolores Ávalos
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Witches, Princesses, and Women at Arms is Erotic Lesbian Fairy Tales is an anthology of lesbian romantic and adventure story for adults written by Sacchi Green."
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    #3Gay Pride and Prejudice

    Gay Pride and Prejudice

    Gay Pride and Prejudice is a romantic gay novel for young adults written by Kate Christie. It was originally published in 2012. It is a retelling of the classic romantic feminist story "Pride and Prejudice" written by Jane Austen.

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    Phillip Powell
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "If you are a fan of Pride and Prejudice and would love to see a new take on it, read this book! Gay Pride and Prejudice tells the classic Jane Austen story. If you have any gay friends or family, this would be a great piece of literature for them to get into."
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    #4Gretel: A Fairytale Retold

    Gretel: A Fairytale Retold

    Gretel: A Fairytale Retold is a lesbian romantic and adventurous novel for young adults written by Niamh Murphy and was self-published in July 2013. It is a retelling of the classic Hansel and Gretel story with a lesbian twist.

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    Mary Sullivan
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "While I don't think it is a bad thing to be proud of your sexuality I am not sure why a fairy tale needs to be retold with a lesbian twist to it. I had a hard time finishing it but maybe that is because of what is already in my head about Hansel and Gretel. I don't know that I would recommend this one to my friends."
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    #5The Art of Peeling an Orange

    The Art of Peeling an Orange
    The Art of Peeling an Orange is lesbian romantic fantasy novel for young adults written by Victoria Avilan. It was a Finalist for the 2015 Rainbow Awards and a  nominee for the 2016 Golden Crown Literary Society and Lamba awards.
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    Roger Richardson
    Written on April 13, 2018
    " LGBT are unethical"
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    #6Marian

    Marian

    Marian is a lesbian romantic adventure novel for young adults written by Ella Lyons. It was originally released in November 2016. It is a retelling of the Robin Hood story with lesbian characters.

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    William Deng
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "If you like the classic tale of Robin Hood, you will like this spin of this all-time classic. The main character is named Robin and she attempts to be crowned a knight despite her gender. Robin becomes a friend of Marian who leads a very unexciting life until she meets her new love. "
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    #7The Dark Wife

    The Dark Wife

    The Dark Wife is a remake of the Persephone and Hades myth. Hades made Persephone go to the underworld to live with him, which she initially agreed to because he liked him, but once she got there she found things much more interesting than what Hades had to offer to her. 

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    Albert Scott
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I was expecting something more exciting than what this book had to offer. This felt shallow and uninspired. I wouldn't consider another novel by this writer again."
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    #8As I Descended

    As I Descended

    Robin Talley's As I Descended is a romance-thriller novel about couple Lily and Maria and their fight against their school's resident Golden Child. The book was published on September 6th, 2016 by HarperTeen.

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    Carl Hansen
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Does not fit the LGBT portion of the topic, not a good fit, although it is a classic novel retelling in a sense."
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    #9Kissing the Witch

    Kissing the Witch
    Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins by Emma Donoghue is a collection of short stories originally published in 1993. This book was nominated for the James Tiptree Jr. Award.
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    Diana Banks
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Emma Donoghue rewrites a handful of fairytales and ruins them. Comes across as perverted and dark. Not interesting and not worth the time to read. "
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    #10Ash

    Ash

    Ash is a fantasy romance fiction written by Malinda Lo. This young adult LGBT novel is first published in 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 

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    Ronald Garrett
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Oftentimes people are judged too quickly and only seen through the surface of their life. However, every people in this world has an entire universe of perspective inside themselves that they rarely convey to other except to some exceptional ones whom they trust. Ash by Marinda Lo portray how an individual who we consider to be an a drop in an ocean may face the choice of life that seem to cover the whole aspect of human being's purpose of existence. Through the fictional character Ash i learned how one, in state of existential crisis, can and is able to manage to go through the emotional chaos and reach its peak of satisfaction, by finding the one who will make and ensure you that he or she is always there to be with you."
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    #11The Rose and The Beast: Fairy Tales Retold

    The Rose and The Beast: Fairy Tales Retold

    The Rose and The Beast: Fairy Tales Retold is a fictional young adult book written by Francesca Lia Block. This fictional young adult book published on August 7, 2001 by Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollinsPublishers.

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    Tammy Lee
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This book was not exactly what I thought it was when I purchased it. I thought the stories would be original but they were not. The book got old rather quickly. I would say it is not the best of any kind of retelling of a classic novel."
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    #12Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis

    Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis
    Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis is a book written by Georgiann Davis that tells the story of a hermaphrodite. This is a book about the struggle of an intersex and the challenges faced by people with special parts of their body.
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    Patricia Barnes
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book is not a retelling of a classic novel. So this would not satisfy the customer"
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    #13A Fish Out of Water

    A Fish Out of Water
    A Fish Out of Water is an erotic lesbian fantasy novella written by Karin Kallmaker. A Fish Out of Water was published on September 30, 2017. It is a queer retelling of The Little Mermaid.
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    Heather Gibson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Being apart of the LGBT community this one really touched home. The start of the book was amazing and kept sucking me back in to read it over and over again. I hardly got past the first chapter that I kept reading it. Seriously, I just want to bow to the greatness that is Karin Kallmaker. Every book I’ve read by her has been fabulous, but this book is extra special. "
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    #14Critical Intersex (Queer Interventions)

    Critical Intersex (Queer Interventions)

    Critical Intersex is a book written by Morgan Holmes that tells the story of how a hermaphrodite lived a normal life despite being special and unique in the aspect of gender and sex.

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    Eva Zaragoza
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Critical Intersex is a very interesting storyline exploring gender and sex. But it does not retell a classic tale, and is a very poor fit with this category."
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    #15The Seafarer's Kiss

    The Seafarer's Kiss
    The Seafarer's Kiss is a romantic fantasy novel for young adults written by Julia Ember. The Seafarer's Kiss was published on May 4, 2017 by Duet Books. It is the first book in the series of the same name.
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    Paul Lucas
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is a great lesbian retelling. It doesn't even come across as strictly LGBT themed, so everyone can and should enjoy it. It is a touching story that will be a favorite book for so many people."
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    #16Eelgrass

    Eelgrass

    Eelgrass is a queer fantasy novel written by Tori Curtis. Eelgrass was published on September 16, 2016. The book is a retelling of Irish folktales with from an LGBT perspective.

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    Jason Stephens
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Interesting take on folktales. These would be very interesting to read if you are into the LGBT perspective."

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Best What are the best LGBT retellings of classic novels
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Sleeping Beauty, Indeed & Other Lesbian FairytalesBooks 35 Paid
2Witches, Princesses, and Women at ArmsBooks 31 Paid
3Gay Pride and PrejudiceBooks 30 Paid
4Gretel: A Fairytale RetoldBooks 28 Paid
5The Art of Peeling an OrangeBooks 27 Paid
6MarianBooks 24 Paid
7The Dark WifeBooks 23 Paid
8As I DescendedBooks 20 Paid
9Kissing the WitchBooks 16 Paid
10AshBooks 16 Paid
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