Hello all you wonderful people out there. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is…nothing. Because it’s a Freebie week. Which means it’s a week where I stress out because I can barely make decisions on what to order in restaurants, let alone what to write for a TTT post. They’re are just so many possibilities that it’s overwhelming, you know?
But then inspiration struck. A few weeks ago–or maybe months, I can’t remember–the TTT prompt was Best Fairytale Retellings. And I loved it and I used fun gifs and my heart soared with the beauty of fairytales and their wonderful retellings. You can read that post here. So when I was pondering–yes, pondering–over what to write this week, I thought back to this fairytale retelling post. And then I remembered that I have a Classic Retelling shelf on my Goodreads page…and then I realized I have more than ten books listed on that shelf. And then I realized I can make this my TTT! A weight was lifted off of my shoulders and I immediately opened a new post page and started typing. And here we are.
Classics are wonderful things. They’re beautifully written and timeless and have important messages and characters. There’s always a reason why a classic is so very classic. But some classics don’t always work for some people. Like, for instance, I have a hard time getting through a lot of American literature. Victorian literature though is the bomb, in my opinion. Some things just don’t work for some people and some things are harder for some to read than others. And then those books are often left unread and unappreciated. That’s why I love that Classic Retellings are a thing. They present the story to a reader in a different way, letting them appreciate the classic beauty in a way that they’ll love. So let’s get to it:
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
This book was so incredibly beautiful. It’s probably been my favorite read this year and among my all-time favorite books. It’s a retelling of the classic One Thousand and One Nights. You can read my full review here…or you can just read the entire book because you should definitely do that *throws book at you*.
A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher
If you know me at all, you’d know that I love Les Mis (and Eddie Redmayne *cough*). Like I love the story, the book (and, yes, I did read all 1200+ pages), the movie, the music, the messages. Everything. So when I got the opportunity to read the ARC of A Little in Love, a retelling of Les Mis in Éponine’s perspective, I grabbed at it. Read my full review here! Also, I can’t be alone with the Eddie Redmayne thing. Right? I mean, look at him. He’s awesome.
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Kate Rorick and Bernie Su
I LOVE THIS. It started out as a Youtube series that I became addicted to last Fall semester’s finals week. Let me tell you, that was an issue. Studying was out the window because I quickly became addicted to these videos. They’re hilarious and awesome and any Austen enthusiast needs to watch them immediately. And then it became a book which is basically the behind-the-scenes of the Youtube series so it’s equally awesome. I wrote about the Youtube series here and my review of the book is here.
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Since we were talking about Jane Austen already, let’s talk about this book. It’s not technically a re-telling…but it’s hilarious. It’s about a woman who is obsessed with Austen’s books and then travels to an “Austen experience” resort in England. It’s just cheesy and awesome. Seriously. And the movie is super hilarious, so if you don’t want to read it, at least watch the movie.
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
This is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland…It’s the story that Alice tells…because the original author got the story all wrong. So basically it’s awesome.
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
You may have heard of this movie that came out a few years ago. A zombie comedy. I saw the movie before I even knew that it was a book but I thought that the movie was super funny and awesome. And then I read the book and, honestly, I don’t remember much because it was before my blogging days and most of those books are gone from my memory. And I think watching the movie first makes me remember the movie more…anyways, it’s a re-telling of Romeo and Juliet. I know, I know….just think how much more awesome Shakespeare would have been if he had included zombies in his tales.
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
I’m actually currently reading this baby, but it’s also a re-telling of Romeo and Juliet. And it’s published today, so waddup, shoutout to this book. HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO THIS BOOK. It’s been awesome so far! Look out for my review hopefully tomorrow.
Neverland by Shari Arnold
I read this one earlier this year and I really enjoyed it! It’s a retelling of the classic tale Great Expectations. Just kidding, it’s of Peter Pan…obviously. I was making a joke. Because the title is so obvious. Okay, moving on because my jokes aren’t funny. But anyways my review is here and this book is good if you like things Peter Pan.
Midnight at Austenland by Shannon Hale
So I probably should have mentioned this one earlier, but it’s the sequel to Austenland. And it’s just as hilarious and just as awesome and more based on Northanger Abbey.
Okay, so that’s all. That’s only nine, I know. But I realized the rest of them on my Goodreads shelf are ones I haven’t read yet so I don’t want to include those ones. BUT these ones are awesome, so you should check them out. And if you know of any other classic retellings, let me know because I want to read them! Seriously, I will read them and love them and cherish them.