This is a weekly feature I have decided to start this year. It will include the books I read in the past week and my thoughts on current book trends and topics (including movies/series based on books) and the books I want to read. I also want to talk about what other book bloggers are sharing or their opinion on anything bookish. I just felt like as a book community it will be nice for everyone to gather around once in a while and share what they love so much – books!
Good morning Book lovers! Hope you are settled in with a hot cuppa to read todays post on Kaffeinated Conversations.
I thought a lot about what to post today and was browsing book sites to help me get inspired when I realised one of the recent ‘trends’ in books are retellings. Of course there has been an odd book here and there over the years but in the last two years, including the coming months, there has been a surge in it. Last year alone there were 49+ books released.
Have you read any of the retellings? I have quiet a list this year for the same. Of course there are plenty others but these are the ones that has taken my interest for now. Check them out:
Admittedly I haven’t read that many retellings except a couple of them mostly based on cinderella. But I do enjoy them. Its like reading something you like with a fresh pair of eyes. The same characters but in a modern/different settings makes you feel you are learning new things about what you loved. Its almost a cocoon like feeling.
For example take Emma which has been remade to countless movies. Its different every time you watch it and yet you are already connected to the characters which makes you want to know more. Or even Snow white! I don’t think I can ever get tired of watching movies based on her. There has been countless retellings of Pride and Prejudice and even though I haven’t read the book, I have always enjoyed the movies.
Did you miss my last post? Check it out here: An Anonymous Girl By Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
In fact I think its essential for classics/fairytales to be retold today in a modern setting where things have changed drastically since the books were first published. The world has become so much more inclusive and I don’t think certain concepts that seemed okay then should be okay now especially for young girls who should not think its fine to be a ‘damsel in distress’ or wait for their ‘knight in shining armour’. And for young boys who think a female cannot be a super hero or are only meant to be ‘rescued’. When you really think about it there are so many outdated concepts!
What are your opinions on retellings and which one do you think should definitely be retold in todays time? Share in the comments below!