Book Blog Discussions – Retellings of the Classics

March 10, 2018 Beyond the Books, Discussion Challenge 10

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9th – 15th – Do you enjoy reading retellings of, or ‘sequels’ to, classic novels? Why or why not? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

 

Well, to enjoy a retelling, you have to first have read the original! So, in this case, and for many books, I have to say I don’t know! Horrible isn’t it?

I CAN SAY that I absolutely love when I know when a story is pointing to something that I have already read. For instance, I read A Midsummer’s Night Dream last year and have been able to see that in so many different stories.

I also recently read a retelling of Beauty and the Beast which was decent. But for fairytales, I’m really iffy on most of the retellings. They have to be amazing to get my attention, for some reason. I think the main reason is that I don’t love fairy tales. This is a pretty recent revelation considering I am a huge fan of Disney’s version of fairy tales. I thought I liked them all, but apparently not.

So, the short answer is, I think so. For the ones I’ve read, I try to devour the books, at least on the subjects that I love. Which is another reason why I’m trying to further my education with classics!

What about you? Do you enjoy classic retellings? What about Fairy tale retellings?

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10 Responses to “Book Blog Discussions – Retellings of the Classics”

  1. Ichabod Temperance

    Yes, I usually do enjoy retellings of good stories. ‘Phantom of the Opera’ is one story that gets retold many times.

    I have a series of whimsical books, each with it’s own theme. Two of them are retellings of well-known stories. The first is ‘The War of the Worlds’. That is a story for which most people are familiar, though the original story by H.G. Welles is surprisingly dark and graphic. I deliberately made my story more charming than grim. My second is a retelling of a retelling. Mark Twain wrote a parody of ‘Le’Morte de Arthur’ in his book, ‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’. I know most of my King Arthur lore from the movie ‘Excalibur’. Mine is a retelling of King Arthur, but with a big nod toward Mark Twain, also.

    Happy Reading!
    ~Icky. 🙂

    • Christina

      Oh, you’re right! I always think of fairy tales when I think of retellings, but Phantom of the Opera is fabulous and most of the ones I’ve read have been done well. I haven’t read War of the Worlds, mostly because I saw the movie and even I was a bit grossed out. It was shocking! And I saw it in theaters. I haven’t brought myself to watch it since, so of course I haven’t wanted to read the book, but a lighter take may be interesting. Are they on Amazon?

      • Ichabod Temperance

        Hi Christina.
        Yes, the books are on Amazon. If you enter ‘Ichabod Temperance’ into your Amazon search engine, my author page should come up. The ten book series is there. The covers are colorful and of a theme. The War of the worlds book is named ‘For the Love of Temperance’, and the King Arthur book is ‘The Title of Temperance’.

        There are several versions of War of the Worlds. I have the impression that you know the Tom Cruise movie. The versions that I know of are the 1890 book, the famous 1939, Orson Welles radio play broadcast in which many audience members thought was a real-time occurrence. A field reporter is giving an eye-witness account of the Martian landing, when a killbeam laser sweeps across the onlookers and the broadcast goes silent. After several long moments, intermediary music comes on, then goes to commercial. When they come back, they say they are experiencing technical difficulty with the field feed. It is an effective scare! Miss Plumtartt and I have listened to it and it is pretty scary. There is a 1947 movie and the 2005 Tom Cruise version. Each version of the book and movie places the action during their own contemporary time period.

        Happy Reading!
        ~Icky. 🙂

        • Christina

          Thank you! Since this particular book is book 3, do you suggest reading them in order? Love, love, love the covers! And yes, I did watch the Tom Cruise version. I’m sure it’s horrible that I feel like the book would be too scary but that movie is almost like the Exorcist, for me. I can truly imagine how they felt listening to that broadcast. I’m going to have to find that as well and see if I can listen to it. I’m sure I would have freaked out. I love horror, but in its place! There are certain things that hit my buttons and make, even me, feel uncomfortable. That’s when I have to race back to Terry Pratchett and laugh a little and forget the world is scary.

          • Ichabod Temperance

            Orson Welles radio version of ‘The War of the Worlds’ is fun to listen to, partly because Orson Welles voice and manner are so wonderful.

            As to whether my series needs to be read in order. No, not really. Each book is a stand alone adventure. the first book tells how Ichabod and Miss Plumtartt get together, but truthfully, I like to think that the books get better as they go. They certainly get sillier and each successive book has more and more singing, so I suggest looking over the titles and reading the genre/monster that appeals to you. There are ten books, including homages to C’thulu, Godzila, vampires, zombies, and a fantasy epic.

            I did not mean to be crass, and self promote on your blog. I saw that you have opened your blog to review requests and have formally submitted.

            Thanks for your interest Christina!
            Happy Reading!
            Your pal,
            ~Icky. 🙂

          • Christina

            Yes! That’s what I’m here for! Also, I noticed they’re on KU, so that’s fabulous. I really hope that helps authors, as I’ve heard various things about how much authors get paid on KU. But, as a Kindle Unlimited member, it’s amazing! It’s like free books, all the time. I might just grab book one and go from there. I never did that with Terry Pratchett and I’m learning all sorts of fabulous things! Reading in order never hurt anybody! As far as we know…

  2. chucklesthescot

    I don’t read the ‘classics’ as they don’t interest me, so I certainly avoid retellings! I’m not really into Fairy Tale retellings either!

    • Christina

      I think the authors of retellings have to know the stories inside and out, and then have a great reason as to why they want to tell it again. And normally, they just fall short of that for me.

  3. Chrissy

    I enjoy retellings of classics and fairytales so long as they are done well. My favorites are when they give the reader a different POV. I chose the Wendy Darling series as one of my favorites. It’s a different take on Peter Pan from Wendy’s POV.

    Have a great week!

    • Christina

      Oh! Now that I may enjoy. Disney just came out with the villian’s version of how things happened. I haven’t picked one up yet, but as a villain fan, I feel like I will love them! How much fun!

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