By Courtney Willis
I’m one of those people who gets really frustrated that Hollywood is running out of creativity and can’t produce a single original idea. Seriously, how many remakes do we need? And why do we need a spinoff of every cartoon, book or game ever created? (I’m kind of excited about Angry Birds though).
In spite of that, I find that I’ve recently been drawn to those kinds of books, different retellings of old favorite stories. I don’t know if it’s the familiarity or the differences that I find attractive, but I just wanted to list a few books for you that I’m excited to read.
1. Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
I’ve never been very pleased when reading Jane Austen sequels or prequels. I don’t mind retellings of the familiar stories – I’ve practically seen or read all of those. But no one has quite been able to take Austen’s characters and continue with the same charm or wit. However, I’m always slow to jump on bandwagons, and I remember hearing a big deal about this book when it came out back in 2011. I finally got around to seeing the BBC mini-series and was absolutely enamored by it. Fantastic character development, and both romance and mystery were on point. I’ve heard the book is a little different, but I have high hopes.
2. Cinder by Marisa Meyer
I’m not huge into reading fantasy or SciFi, and I think Hunger Games was my first and last attempt dystopian, but I’ve heard such a great things about this entire series, so I might as well take the plunge, right? And besides, who doesn’t love a good Cinderella story?
3. Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
Anyone who knows me at all knows how much I love Peter Pan. It was one of my favorite stories as a child, I own every movie adaptation, and now read through every spinoff I can get my hands on. This is the newest retelling with the tagline “This is not the Neverland you know.” It promises to be haunting and dark, yet with the same charm and romance as always. Where do I sign?
4. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
A modern YA murder mystery based on Sherlock Holmes? I accept. It’s supposed to be snarky and interesting, and with all the buzz around the current BBC Sherlock series, it’s bound to be a hit with young and old alike.
5. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Currently reading this one, and already I’m blown away. A fantastic spin on Beauty and the Beast with poetic, masterful writing. It’s set in a magical city where the beast is a demon with a charming shadow. I’m not even halfway through and I’m hooked, because I have no idea how it’s going to end. I probably need to get back to reading now.
If you’ve read any of these or have other retellings to recommend, please let me know in the comments below!
Until next time, book enthusiasts <3