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Question of the Week: Do you enjoy reading retellings of, or ‘sequels’ to, classic novels? Why or why not?
Surprisingly, I actually haven’t read many retellings yet, although I’ve added many to my ‘to read’ list on Goodreads. Retellings appeal to me because I like the concept of taking a familiar story like a fairytale and turning on its head or taking it in a new and original direction. They have to bring something new to the table, otherwise, what’s the point? I’m interested in retellings that have a different setting or genre to the original (past to modern day or fantasy to sci-fi, for example) or those that challenge our previous notions about a character.
The one that really sticks out to me is Wicked
by Gregory Maguire, which is the first retelling I ever read. I love the way he expanded the universe of The Wizard of Oz
and added lots of interesting details and backstory. What I liked best was how he took the classic caricature villain-the Wicked Witch of the West-and turned her into a complex and sympathetic character that I ended up rooting for. The film Malicifent
works in a similar same way.
I’m currently trying my hand at writing my own science fiction retelling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
. It’s based on a short story that I wrote a few years ago and decided to develop. It’s really fun thinking up sci-fi versions of all the characters, settings and symbols from Carroll’s work and I’m really excited about how this project is developing. Stay tuned!
Before you go…
Are you a fan of retellings? What are your favourites?