I love Disney movies. Despite some of the problematic aspects that have been widely recognized and continuously called out in a few of these beloved classics, I still get unabashedly excited whenever one of them pops up on my TV screen, and I can spend an entire Sunday afternoon watching one after another. And there is a lot to love about them, from the gorgeous animation to modern female characters that have started to embrace the tenets of feminism we all look for in our fictional heroines. And there are also so many bookish takes on these tales, fairytale retellings that delve into the dark underbelly of the stories Disney we have come to know so well, while also creating new and intriguing plots and characters within the world.
But there are also a lot of book comps to Disney fairytales that you might not have thought of: contemporary YA love stories with real connections to some of our favorite Disney couples; fantasies that take inspiration from existing fairytales, but move them to different countries or time periods; and characters that are just as brave, intelligent and loveable as the heroines who populate Disney films. Keep reading below for nine picks Disney fans are sure to love.