Monday, May 9, 2016
On the one hand, I love when I find a clever retelling. For example, I'm currently reading Curtis Sittenfeld's Eligible, which is a modern-day Pride & Prejudice retelling. Overall, I'm enjoying it. But since I've already read Pride & Prejudice, I kinda know the plotline and the characters.
It's sort of how I feel about remakes and even sequels to good movies: You loved the first one and you want to watch the second one but the second one is never as good as the first and after you watch the sequel or remake you wonder why they just couldn't leave a brilliant thing alone.
With authors and retellings, while I appreciate the cleverness (and good writing) of a retelling, I have to wonder why a talented author couldn't dream up a totally new story on his or her own.
Thoughts, dreams, aspirations?