The Classic fairy tale, she’s the girl at the party that everyone wants to dance with. And hey – who doesn’t like dancing with a pretty girl? *wink*
I’m sure many of you love retellings of classic fairy tales. I know I’m definitely among one of them. But when is enough, enough? Or hey, do you feel you’ll ever reach that threshold? I know some friends who can’t seem to get enough and it’s one of their favorite types of books to read.
I’m not personally saying to stop writing these retellings by any means. There have been some excellent ones! My favorites namely being Wicked and Cinder.
But what about the trend dumping that we seem to get from publishers? Not just one or two retellings but we are quite literally bombarded with them. Would it really make the story all that different if the author used an original name? An unrecognizable setting? No hints dropped that this is a ‘retelling’? How much of a difference would it make to you as a reader, if any? Do you think or feel the book would do better or worse?
Essentially, I almost feel as if that by trussing these books up as retellings, even if that is what they are, could cause them to not get the light they could have otherwise. But then I’m feeling so contrary that I could think the complete opposite as well.
So, hey other forms of entertainment do it as well. Now when it comes to movies…I don’t know about you but I’m tired of all the Spider man and Batman reboots. Pick a new super hero already gosh damnit.
This was all brought on because I read a short piece in the Shelf Awareness newsletter today about the Wizard of Oz having 3 different shows in the works for 3 different tv channels. You can read about it in the below link. (near the bottom of that newsletter).
Inspiration for this post taken from Shelf Awareness: TV: Battle of the Network Wizards of Oz