Book Blogger Hop- March 9-15

 


Book Blogger Hop

Happy Friday everyone!

Today we are part of the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

This weeks question was submitted by A Night’s Dream of Books. They ask,

Do you enjoy retellings of, or “sequels” to, classic novels? Why or why not?

In answer, I love retellings of classic novels or fairy tales! I enjoy when authors take a world or characters I’m already familiar of, and flip that familiarity on its head. I recently read Alice by Christina Henry, review to come soon, and it was an amazing retelling of Alice in Wonderland. It had all the familiar character names- Alice, Cheshire, the Jaberwakie- but in none of the familiar settings.

What I love most about retellings of these classic stories is, it does a lot to modernize and increase interest in them. Pride and Prejudice  might be too dense for a new reader to jump into feet first, but Pride and Prejudice and Zombies may be an easier way to introduce readers to the writing style and characters, while engaging new reader’s attentions.

What do you think? Are you a fan of retellings? Do you think it modernizes the book or does it interfere with what made the story a classic in the first place? Leave me a comment and let me know!

17 thoughts on “Book Blogger Hop- March 9-15

  1. Oh nice! I loved Christina’s Alice duology and Lost Boy! I loved how twisted and dark they were!

    Thanks for visiting and following my blog! Returning the follow! 🙂

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  2. I never thought of retellings like that, but you’re right: it is a great way for readers to essentially dip their toes into the classics without going all in (and possibly getting overwhelmed)! That just makes me feel like there should be even MORE retellings out there.

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    • Especially because most retellings are written in modern language! A girl can only read so many thees and thous before they get a little dizzy. I wish we had retellings of books like Huckleberry Finn (because it took me 3 tries to finish that book) or even Great Gatsby!

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      • Haha, even as a Shakespeare nerd, I can agree with that.

        I was actually Googling popular retellings and saw a Great Gatsby one! It’s called Great, by Sara Benincasa. It looks like it doesn’t do any perspective shifts, but it put a modern spin on the story. It might be good!

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  3. You make a good point about retellings creating interest in the original work, I didn’t think of it that way. I love retellings that turn the original story on its head too.

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  4. So much yes on pretty much everything you said. I also loved Alice (although I really enjoyed Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as well when I read it).

    I think some people get intimidated by the classics simply because they’re classics or they associate them with work (because we typically read them for class, and being told to read something just isn’t as fun to begin with), so retellings can be a great way to get new people interested in the story.

    Hope you have a wonderful week.

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    • I just purchased Red Queen so I’m excited to finish the Alice duo! So dark and twisty and fun!

      It also doesn’t help that most classics you’re also struggling with an outdated language so its harder to read with any degree of flow!

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  5. Great answer I absolutely love modernizes fairy tale retellings I just love it when the author puts a twist on fairy tale retellings. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog hop from last week Alli.

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