I think we’ve tackled this with my previous post about whether retellings are fanfics.
But honestly, we get new retellings every year. Whether it’s in book form, TV form, Movie Form or Disney form.
Why is that so? I think it’s simply because they work. People love these stories for as long as we can remember. But at the same time, they are tired of hearing the same story. Hence we get familiar stories adapted or told differently.
I don’t think people (myself included) care who originally thought these stories up. It doesn’t really matter how similar the story is (because at this day and age, what story can truly be called original) as long as it entertains.
So here are some of the retellings that have entertained me so far:
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For anyone who decides to read books that center around djinn or djinni or jinni, you often noticed one common factor.
At least one (who may or may not be the main character) is under some form of slavery. Like the Jinni on Aladdin, the djinn character is bound to grant their “master” or “owner’s” wishes whether the djinn wants to do it or not.
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Why would large, flying (possibly fire-breathing) dragons hide in plain sight?
MOBS OF PEOPLE. Or more specifically, a mob of bloodthirsty dragonslayers.
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For those who have not yet read the first 7 chapters of The Earl’s Bad Wife, I suggest you do so before reading this post as it contains spoilers up to Chapter 7.
So on to the discussion!
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Why would supernatural beings bother to pretend being part of the “normal” human population when they have abilities that could easily overpower a large group of people?
It’s usually one or a mixture of the following factors:
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Let’s welcome the Year of the Dog with recommendations of books about or (at least) mention dogs. The following show how much the author really loves dogs. And why people keep calling them “Man’s Best Friend”
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Read any trilogy series and tell me if the below observation isn’t true:
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The following titles are recommendations to readers who want a frightened “AHHHH!!!” added with a heartwarming “AWWWWWWW”
A word of warning that dark and/or brutal scenes abound in the following books. But also expect moments of tenderness and love that only serve to highlight both aspects of the story. Because let’s face it, how can you truly appreciate works that may (or may not) kill off characters if you don’t even care about the characters?
And how exactly do you realize the depth of love you have for the fictional characters of a story if you don’t have a sinking feeling that they might be lost or hurt beyond repair?
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For anyone who’s seen the The Last Jedi and is heavily invested in the Reylo ship, try these titles out and see if you like it.
What do the following have in common with Reylo?
- The couple that form the pairing are on opposite sides. So expect both to be enemies at some point during the story
- They share a common history/experience that isolates them from the rest of the world. This is usually what brings them together. This shared experience or history that only the other can understand.
- One side insists on having the other join them. Not surprising as they are on opposing sides. However there is a “push and pull” going on. With both attracted or at the very least drawn to the other, but neither is willing to go over on the other’s side as they usually have opposing philosophies. Or in some cases, going over to the other side is just plain impossible.
Warning: some spoilers abound
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We grew up on fairy tales wherein fairies would come to the aid of a young and deserving hero or heroine. They’re benevolent. And all they want to do is to help
But once you go beyond the children’s section of the bookstore, you’ll find that fairies or the fae are usually depicted as cruel or mad or simply out of touch with normal human reality and morality. Being near-immortal and powerful has them usually portrayed as looking down on humans (though that doesn’t stop them from taking humans as pets/lovers and producing half-human offspring with them)
Of course, this is not to say all fae characters in books are evil. Some harm humans as a way to protect themselves. Fae are usually portrayed as very connected to nature (eg. forests, lands, rivers etc). And with human beings doing whatever they want to the land, it seriously pisses the Fae off that their home gets polluted and eventually destroyed.
This just goes to show that once you browse the sections for young adults and adults, Fae get the morally gray and/or black shade
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