Folks have raised the possibility of turning these roundups into open threads on specific topics. So to give it a try, I could use some advice. I was making some recommendations about good alternatives to princess stories for pre-teen readers recently, and it got me thinking. What are your favorite riffs on fairy tales for that group, or any age range? Let me know in comments below, and if you have an idea that is particularly good for young readers, please label it as such!

An undated publicity photograph shows a scene from the
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” (REUTERS/© 2005 Warner Bros. Ent. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © J.K.R.)

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Alyssa Rosenberg blogs about pop culture for The Washington Post's Opinions section.