We’re all pretty aware of the countless fairy tale
retellings there are around but what about retellings of other famous stories?
Here are six that I’ve found interesting or unusual either in the way they
retold the story or the story they chose to retell
on the Wall by E Lockhart – A high school retelling of … The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka?
Really? Yup. A bit dated in its language now but a fun book with a charming
mixed-race female lead.
Lost Boy by
Christina Henry – A gory and horrific retelling of Peter Pan by JM Barrie where we learn the eerie origins of both
Peter and Captain Hook back when they were children. Proceed with caution if
you’re not into blood and guts because it gets a bit gruesome towards the end.
by David Levithan – This short novel is a retelling of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens using Valentine’s Day as the
holiday instead of Christmas. A charming reminder that although romance can be a
bit corny and silly, it’s still pretty pleasant.
Warm Bodies by
Isaac Marion – Romeo and Juliet
and zombies. And just like the original story, it isn’t particularly romantic,
no matter what the cover quotes and movie trailers tried to say. A slow read
but an interesting one, especially if you try to pick all the parts that line
up with the play.
of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George – Okay, so this one might be a
standard fairy tale retelling, inspired by The
Twelve Dancing Princesses, but there’s a returned soldier who knits and all
the girls take such good care of each other. The first in a trilogy of retellings, this is a sweet story, if a bit
predictable at times.
Gospel of Loki by Joanne M Harris – A retelling of the Norse myths from
Loki’s perspective and it’s as ridiculous and skewed and biased as you’d
expect. If you love a good unreliable narrator, this is one of the best I’ve
ever come across.