Retelling of Classics

I love retelling of classics. I’m not talking re-makes, but books or movies that put a new spin on an old story or fable.

I have three favorites, including a new one that I’ve just recently seen.

Lost in Austen: A girl from 2009 is transported to the world of Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) and can’t find her way back. Her interactions with the classic Austen characters change the story in unexpected ways.

Ever After: Is a story that sticks to most of the history of the Cinderella story. Starring Drew Barrymore, the movie brings the Cinderella story to life.

Enchantment: A book by Orson Scott Card offers the biggest twist. A man from modern times decides to leap across a cavern and in the process transports himself into the magical world of Sleeping Beauty.

There are many others. Probably the one that I’ve been most disappointed in was Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire. Maguire’s writing style was too bouncy for me.

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