Thursday, October 21, 2010

Modern Retellings

We all know Jane Austen's stories have been redone with a modern twist (or a zombie twist) out the wazoo!  And how do we really feel about that?  
I'm not really an Austen purist... obviously, I mean, hello! I LOVE the movie Lost in Austen, which you've heard me go ON AND ON about, I love the book Austenland...  and I own Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (though I haven't read it yet).

While brainstorming the other day, I was hit with an idea to do a modern retelling of a classic novel... I don't know that it's been hit before (so I'm not going to spill it just yet!), so I'm even more interested in giving it a shot.  Lots of fairy tales have been redone, too.  I recently read Beastly, which is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and while I didn't love love it, it was pretty well done, in my opinion.

How do you feel about modern retellings?  Do you soak them up as quickly as they are released? Pick one up out of curiosity now and again?  Or are you firmly against them in the belief that what's done right the first time should just be left alone?  Have you read a retelling that was BETTER than the original?

14 comments:

  1. I say do it! Though, I have to admit I haven't read many retellings. But I have read Beastly.... and LOVED it! And I bought Sisters Red, but I haven't gotten to that yet. So go for it!

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  2. Personally, I love modern retellings - the more clever and different the better, though. I do think the Austen re-writes with zombies and sea monsters and whatnot are a little played out now, but it was a great idea - and I love books and movies based on Austen's worlds!

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  3. I love modern retellings, especially fairy-tale ones. Sometimes I like them better than the original (I almost always prefer the retelling to the original Beauty and the Beast, mostly because I learn more about "Belle" and "the Beast"). However, for classics such as Jane Austen, it mostly depends on how much I love the original. I don't think any retelling can ever trump Pride and Prejudice for me. :)

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  4. retellings... it sort of comes down to how well they are done. and how TIRED a storyline has become. like cinderella... retold and retold and retold and blech. sick of it.
    (((and remakes of the movie kind... blech in general)))
    sometimes, remakes and retellings bother me because it feels really unoriginal- but if you can spin it and change it and twist it so that it is so very unique and different, I'll love it.
    sorry for convoluted ranting! my brain is soooo sleepy!

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  5. I like retellings, but like the above said, it depends on which one. Cinderella, for instance, has been spun to death, wouldn't you say?

    Never been an Austen fan, so frankly I couldn't care less about any of that... :)

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  6. Eh. It depends... I guess I don't seek out retellings. If one is recommended to me, I'm more apt to pick it off the shelf than just on my own.

    I haven't visited in a while -- I LOVE all the changes to your space here! Hope all's well and have a great weekend!

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  7. i loved Pride and Prejudice and zombies. I felt it was very true to the original story, and yet, there were zombies in it. So it was a Win Win for me.

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  8. I will occasionally read a re-telling, but sometimes authors rely on the marketability of that project and don't put as much into the writing. I guess it depends on the book and author :)

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  9. I enjoy retellings for the most part as long as they're clever or moving or bring something new to the table.

    I recently had an idea for a retelling and it totally scares me that I'm considering it at all because I have no idea how to give it that unique twist. And yet...the idea won't leave me alone. I think you should go for it if you're passionate about it.

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  10. I'm all about retellings as long as they're done well! It's nice to get a differen't view on things. What other authors wish would have happened... it's neat to see how things would twist!

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  11. I tend to enjoy them if they are original enough. I have one in the works... well, actually two, if you count a short story I wrote that I would love to revisit sometime into novel form because it really begged to be expanded. I haven't read P&P&Z because I'm not a big Austen fan and it doesn't really appeal to me, but I like most of the retellings I've read if they do something neat with it, like make it a new genre.

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  12. I own a few, but I haven't read them yet. I say do it. If it's fresh and breathes life into the original story, it's worth writing and reading.

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  13. I love them. Except the monstery ones. I don't like thinking of my favorites characters as monsters.

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