(edit: I just found this in my drafts folder when I was cleaning it out and it is from over four months ago… oops)
A retelling is when an author will take an old story and recreate it to make a new one. Some of them twist the stories so they have a different ending, tell the story from a different character’s point of view, or have it set in a different time period.
Retellings have become popular lately. I think it is a nice way to experience classic fairy tales or otherwise in new exciting ways, but it leaves me wondering
HAS THE WORLD RUN OUT OF IDEAS?
Some people argue that there are only a few types of stories to be told and everything else is just a variation of those stories.
Christopher Booker’s book says there are seven basic plots:
Overcoming the monster
Rags to Riches
Voyage and Return
I don’t know if you agree with this, but the real question is:
are retellings just a way for authors to piggyback off of other successful ideas, or are they truly creative masterpieces?
I believe that there are certainly authors on both sides of this spectrum and it depends on how the readers take it.
How many times can a story be recreated before it gets boring?
I think there are many more retellings I would like to see, and I really enjoy the genre, but I think it will be interesting to see if it is still as popular in ten years.
TALK TO ME: this is a DISCUSSION after all 🙂
What do you think? Do you like retellings? Do you think they will be around for a long time? Do you think they are boring? Cheap knock offs? Creative twists of the story? Let me know EVERYTHING in comments. (I haven’t done a discussion in a while and I miss it.)