Friday, June 20, 2014

YA Retellings

A trend in YA novels is the retelling of a classic novel or fairy tale. Epic Reads has created a really cool graphic if you want to see just how many retellings there are on YA shelves. But there are huge differences between some retellings and their predecessor.

For my daughter's birthday, I took her to see Maleficent. This got me thinking about the differences between retellings, POV, and adaptations of original works. Take the movie Maleficent. This movie was based on the story of how Maleficent, from Sleeping Beauty, became evil. The movie shared Maleficent's POV with a new audience.

After reading Dorothy Must Die, I don't truly consider this a retelling. I think of it more as a continuation of the story. It's so modern and changed, that the plot is VERY different from The Wizard of Oz and Wicked.

This story definitely bends the idea of a retelling, as do many others. Some stories, like Beauty and the Beast, have not only been retold a multitude of times but there are movies and TV show adaptations.

Is this just a trend in YA, or will retellings continue to be written? I think we have only skimmed the surface. One thing I did notice during BEA is publishers are "freshening up" the covers of classic stories with modern covers.

What are your thoughts about retellings? Have any favorites? Please share with us in the comments.

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