August 7, 2019

Eleven Retellings to Read After the Classics

Sometimes the classics we have to read for school are boring, or perhaps the language is too complicated to understand. That's why I'm a big fan of retellings; they get to the heart of the story and rework it in a great way. Here are some of my favorites.

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1. Pride by Ibi Zoboi
(After Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)

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2. Not Now Not, Ever by Lily Anderson
(After The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde)

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3. Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George
4. The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson
(After Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare)

5. My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
(After Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte)

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6. I, Claudia by Mary McCoy
(After I, Claudius by Robert Graves)

7. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by various authors
(After a variety of Asian folklore)

8. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
(After Beauty and the Beast)


9. If I'm Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka
(After The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare)


10 and 11. For Darkness Shows the Stars and Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund
(After Persuasion by Jane Austen and The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emma Orczy)

What are some of your favorite retellings?

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