No this isn’t a post about an awesome wiggle worthy song by Aerosmith it is a discussion about where I stand on re-tellings.
This time last year re-telling novels were very much new to me and although I haven’t read many I feel like for the most part I have made my mind up on where I stand with re-tellings; I am not a fan!
What I’ve found is that re-telling novels will usually fall into two categories; A) Veering so far from the original novel that I feel duped and conned into picking it up OR B) They stick so close to the original that I feel duped and conned again because I may as well just read the original material! Perhaps this makes me seem like a little high maintenance on the subject but from my point of view we pick up re-tellings to get a different perspective of our much loved stories and so neither category gives me what I’m looking for.
I have tried a few Beauty and the Beast re-tellings, most of which I had to DNF, because it is my favourite Disney movie and I’m always interested in having my ideas turned upside down or viewed from a different angle. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find one that lives up to my expectations as yet! I tried a few other re-tellings too thinking that maybe if it was a re-telling of something I didn’t love so much I would be more open minded to it but I found a lot of the same issues.
I guess for me personally it comes down to the fact you can already really guess what the lay out of a book is going to be if it’s a re-telling there’s a safety net for the author and they don’t really have to think of their own plot because they already have a guide line. There is clearly a market for it out there looking at some of the novels that are hyped in the book community many of them are re-tellings and I think deep deep down I’m a little jealous my mind doesn’t really take them in or accept them but I have come to terms with it now.
Are you a fan of Re-tellings?
What are you favourite re-telling novels?