Have you been able to glean already, from my previous posts, how much of a classics chick I am?
If you haven’t then let me say it now – I LOVE READING THE CLASSICS. They’re my first love, my soul’s fire, the book to my wyrm. If I could be any more of a quintessial classic lover, I’d buy myself a villa and name is Manderley Rochester Heights.
While I do read classic books, I somehow skip on the classic retellings. Truth be told, before book blogging, I wasn’t even aware there were book retellings for fairytales or classic novels even existed!
So, anyway, once I came to know about their existence I was beyond pleased! Like yes, finally! I might find closure reading beloved characters in different genres or even getting the dark side of the story. I have read quite a few so far but was sorely disappointed because they didn’t meet what expectations I had. This has made me wary of picking up any retellings especially those of classic novels, however, I’m quite partial to fairytales and mythology.
There’s a certain charm to fairytale retellings that I cannot seem to get enough of. I’d written a post on my expectation for fairy tale retellings, if you’d like to read that.
What draws me to pick up a certain retelling would be the how different this retelling is going to be. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Cinder by Merissa Meyer drew me in for this reason. One is a Jungle Book retelling with ghosts and another is Cinderella + science fiction! I’m always keen for retellings with a dark premise which is what To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo promises!
Speaking of which, who doesn’t love a good murder in their re-tellings? Macbeth by Jo Nesbo is one I’m excited for. Firstly, I enjoy Shakespeare’s works and I’d love to know how the drug-world fits into this! Finally, The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd sounds creepy, speaking to my love for a bit of humanity’s twisted.
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