Top Ten Tuesday- Top Ten Underrated Fairytales in The Fairytale Genre

Top Ten Tuesday
Hey guys. It’s Top Ten Tuesday again. This weekly meme is hosted at The Broke and The Bookish. Top Ten Tuesday is to share our top ten selections for a list each week. This week’s Top Ten List is for the top ten authors/books in x genre. I am going to mix this Top Ten list up. I hope that’s okay. 🙂 Fairytales are a genre, right? For the sake of my (read: kind of) amazing list, we’re all going to say a resounding “yes”. Thank you. 
When we think of fairytales, we usually think of the Disney standards, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and The Beast. However, there’s a whole new world of magical unknown fairytales that don’t seem to get much recognition outside of fairytale enthusiasts and fairytale bloggers.
Therefore I felt this list was necessary to make.
Top Ten Underrated Stories in…The Fairytale Genre
  1. The Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen
    • An emperor of China has a nightingale in his garden which sings to him. Later he is given a mechanical nightingale.
  2. What The Moon Saw by Hans Christian Andersen
    • This fairytale is about what the moon saw over a period of 32 evenings. 
  3. The Elf of The Rose by Hans Christian Andersen
    • An elf is born in the most beautiful of roses.
  4. The Loveliest Rose In The World by Hans Christian Andersen (Featured Fairytale Friday #2)
    • A queen is sick and bed and will only get better if she sees the loveliest rose in the world. People proceed to tell her of the loveliest rose they know of, only for none of them to the loveliest rose.In the end, the queen’s young son comes and shares the crucifixion of Jesus and what that means.
  5. The Phoenix Bird by Hans Christian Andersen
    • This fairytale tells of the Phoenix.
  6. She Was Good For Nothing by Hans Christian Andersen
    • A woman is told how she’s good for nothing, but of course people on earth aren’t always right.
  7. East of The Sun and West of The Moon collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe
    • This Norwegian fairytale features a white bear, a peasant, and his youngest daughter. This story is similar to Beauty and The Beast in that both daughters are given to a(n) (cursed) animal of sorts in exchange for something. 
  8. The Red Shoes by Hans Christian Andersen
    • In The Red Shoes, a girl buys a pair of red shoes which leads to some trouble.
  9. A Rose From Homer’s Grave by Hans Christian Andersen
    • A Rose From Homer’s Grave is about a nightingale who sings for a single rose. 
  10. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen 
    • A girl attempts to sell matches for her father because if she doesn’t he will beat her. The girl freezes as she lights matches and thinks about her grandmother who loved her.
  1. The Angel by Hans Christian Andersen
Every time a good child dies, an angel from Heaven comes to carry him to all their beloved places on earth. On this journey, a boy and angel find a flower.
Okay, I know The Nightingale, The Phoenix Bird, The Red Shoes and The Little Match Girl are fairly well known, but I really like them so I decided to include them. 🙂
Things you could assume from this list:
I like birds
I like flowers
Ironically enough, I don’t care for birds, but nightingales and phoenixes are magical. Literally. The phoenix goes and reincarnates itself. If that’s not magic, I don’t know what is. 🙂

Well there’s my Top Ten List. Feel free to share you own with me.


About Amber (YA Indulgences)

Amber is a 20-something woman who enjoys reading, writing, listening to music and taking walks. She has a book blog called YA Indulgences . She is still trying to figure out what she's doing with her life, but she's confident that time will tell. In the meantime she's heading towards the goal of becoming a renowned blogger. View all posts by Amber (YA Indulgences)

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