Adaptations and Retellings

08 Jan

For Christmas I had received the Blu-Ray of the newest Cinderella movie starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, and Helena Bonham Carter. I hadn’t seen it in theaters, but it had looked promising to me and I thought, “Why not?”

It was definitely a cute movie, with Cate and Helena being amazing as always, and Rachel and I enjoyed it when we watched it later in the week. On New Year’s Eve we had borrowed a couple of movies from our good friend, one of which was Ever After, another Cinderella retelling with Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston, that we also liked.

Ironically, the last book I had finished (the first complete book for the new year, actually) was Cinder by Marissa Meyer. The Cinderella movies must have subconsciously helped me pick out that book to read next, and I loved it.

I remember a few months ago, Rachel had a post detailing adaptations of fairytales, and it’s amazing how different each retelling can be from another. Every single one of those tales had started somewhere and have since evolved through every verbal retelling, through every pen that had wrote it and rewrote the story.

Have you realized that no two people ever read the same book, that no two people ever interpret a book in the same way? I find that utterly amazing.

What are some of your favorite adaptations? Have you ever thought of creating your own fairytale retellings?

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One response to “Adaptations and Retellings

  1. Skye Hegyes

    January 9, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    I love the original “Beauty and the Beast”, the French short story. I also love Disney’s animated version and can’t wait to see the live-action one. I’ve also read/watched Beastly, another adaptation and enjoyed it.

    As for writing my own… I wanted to write a series of erotic stories based on fairy tales and nursery rhymes. They were going to be titled Red, featuring Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf; White, featuring Alice and th Mad Hatter; Blue, featuring Little Boy Blue and Mary after she lost her lamb. I have plot ideas for more but those ones already have complete outlines and now it’s just a matter of writing them. Fairy tales seem to be re-written all the time, but there are fewer re-tellings of nursery rhymes, I think.

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