3 Tales of Jack and the Beanstalk

It’s Jack and the Beanstalk month over at Fairy Tale Central and I’m excited!

I realized I haven’t seen many retellings of this one? But I do love a certain movie of it, and I read a fascinating retelling, and I have a steampunk reimagining of this fairy tale on my to-write list . . .

So I thought I’d celebrate Jack and the Beanstalk month by briefly highlighting those three here today!


Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

I absolutely loved this movie! Aside from the giants (who are kind of gross and creepy), I just loved everything about it! 😀 Jack is a great hero, the princess is great, it’s exciting, deliciously fantastic, gorgeous, funny, and it has a great ending. *grins* And best of all, Ewan McGregor is fabulous as a guard in it. What is not to love? I’ve only seen it once or twice, from the library, and it’s been awhile so I don’t remember it as well as I should, but I’m reminded of just how FUN it was and now I want to see it again. 😀 I’d call it one of those underrated fantasy movies that you don’t hear about much but is actually really good!


Trial by Song (by Alicia Gaile)

Aahh, this book! I read it quite awhile ago now, but it was just SO striking and atmospheric and gripping! I was utterly enchanted — which is appropriate, what with it being about magical music and scary fae and all of that. It’s a modern fantasy and it’s SO INTENSE! A little on the grittier side, so if creepy fae and a bit of language/gore/etc. bugs you, beware, but it was just so absolutely fascinating and I could NOT put it down! I loved the Jack and the Beanstalk elements and bits of another fairy tale that I didn’t expect, and the modern elements mixed with faeries. Jack himself was a really engaging hero, and I absolutely loved his family of so many brothers and how they were so different but so real and protective. It was such a vivid book and if you like faeries and urban fantasy, you absolutely have to try it out! It also ends on a cliff hanger so I really need to get around to reading the sequel! *collapses*

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(Click to visit my series Pinterest board)

I’ve mentioned this one before, but it’s the second book in a YA steampunk-fantasy series I’m writing. Book one (The Siren and the Skyship) is in rough draft form, and I would like to start book 2 soon . . . but it’s in plotting mode and there’s something that’s keeping it from clicking finally, enough for me to write it. Hopefully I figure it out soon.

The Skythief and the Secret Tower

  • (Sky Voyages, book 2)
  • Steampunk re-imagined fairy tale
  • Jack and the Beanstalk meets Rapunzel/Snow White
  • [Pinterest board for series]

If young sky-pirate Keller can’t pull off a heist the shadowy pirate king sends him on, he could lose everything — but if he succeeds, he could unleash the worst threat the sky world has ever known.

Stealing from dragons has never been easy, and neither is evading Princess Tasmania Peckham-Archley, Royal Skynavy captain, who is hot on Keller’s trail, in search of the stolen crown jewels which are the only way to prevent a war.

Despite his charm and plant-powers, and the magic mirror belonging to Ebony — the mysterious girl in the stone pillar — Keller’s luck may have finally run out.

This skythief’s heart isn’t the only thing that might be stolen from him.

Do any of these sound interesting to you, or have you seen/watched any of them? (If you’ve read my WIP, please let me know, time-traveler, so that I can take notes . . .)

Have you read or watched any great Jack and the Beanstalk retellings that you would like to recommend to me? I would love to hear about them!

7 thoughts on “3 Tales of Jack and the Beanstalk

  1. Aaaahhhh I’m so happy you joined in on the Jack and the Beanstalk celebration! And just YESSSSS to all of these!

    I 100% agree with everything you said about Jack the Giant Slayer. I do not understand why it’s so underrated. It’s this epic, clean, fun, fantasy, fairy tale movie! (Wow, that was a mouthful. XD) IT’S JUST SO GOOD.

    Trial by Song was so good tooooo! I adored the creepy fae set in the modern world. Thank you for introducing me to that book! I loved it so much! ❤

    AND YOUR OWN JACK AND THE BEANSTALK RETELLING. *SQUEALS* I just love that you're going to do that fairy tale in your steampunk world. There are a shocking few amount of Jack and the Beanstalk retellings. WE NEED MORE. And one set in your EPIC steampunk world just AKJLDJLJSFJ. IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY. Also I'm over here drooling over your pinterest board, just so you know. THESE STORIES. <3333

    This whole post just made me happy! Thank you for sharing! ^_^

    (Also, I'm laughing so hard over the time traveler thing. Wouldn't it be great if we could see our books in the future and then just copy and paste them without all the hard work? XDDD)

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    • I had so much fun! So glad y’all decided to do this fairy tale!

      Yesss! It’s just such a fun movie! So underrated!

      I need to read the sequel! So good. So glad you enjoyed it!

      Aww! Thank youuuu! Hopefully it cooperates enough for me to write it sometime. XD Maybe if I go stare at the pinterest board… 😀 YOU SRE THE NICEST. THANK YOU SO MUCH. ❤


  2. How did I miss that it was Jack and the Beanstalk month over at FTC until JUST NOW??!?!?!?

    (okay, probably the fact that I’ve gotten sorely behind on my blog-reading is the main reason… but… but… I mean… I HAVE a Jack and the Beanstalk retelling, and I’ve practically missed any opportunity to point this out. Bummer). And, no, Destined for Greatness isn’t STRICTLY a Jack and the Beanstalk retelling, but it definitely has glimmerings. 😀

    I highly recommend James Riley’s “Half Upon a Time” trilogy if you’re looking for something light and fun and Jack and the Beanstalk-related (as well as many other fairy tales, it’s really super fun and cute and hilarious).

    I remember hearing about the Jack the Giant Slayer when it came out but I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen it. Hmmmm. I’ll have to go check it out now.

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    • I am behind on things too. XD And hey, you still have a few days left to the month to share about it! *gasp* Destined For Greatness! I always forget about that one for some reason and I think it’s the only thing you’ve published that I haven’t read yet! :O Bad fan, bad Dobby! I must remedy this. XD

      Ooh, thanks for the rec!!

      Aahh it’s such a fun movie! I think you would LOVE it!!! 😀


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