Classic Double Challenge & Retell Me a Story Week

by Jessica Anderson on January 14, 2013

in Challenges

Classic Double Challenge

Melissa of One Librarian’s Books Reviews has a reading challenge so very awesome that I am making an exception to my challenge ban and joining up. It’s the Classic Double Challenge 2013, in which readers are to read pairings of a “classic” (a loosely defined term in this context) and a retelling of that classic. Last year, I didn’t join the challenge, but I ended up reading Persuasion (the classic) and For Darkness Shows the Stars (the retelling). I very much enjoyed the experience, so I would like to do it again this year, officially. I’m signing up for the “small” version of this challenge, so I just need to read one classic/retelling pairing. Here are some pairings I’m considering:

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund
Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike

King Lear by William Shakespeare
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Illyria by Elizabeth Hand

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
The Turning by Francine Prose

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Splintered by A.G. Howard

I’m excited to get started on this!

Melissa is also, this very week, hosting Retell Me a Story Week, in which she is celebrating retellings by having giveaways, guest posts, reviews, and more! Head over there to join in the fun.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

melissa @ 1lbr January 14, 2013 at 11:05 am

Yeah! So glad you decided to join in this year and I look forward to seeing what you get read.


Jessica January 14, 2013 at 11:07 am

Thanks, Melissa! I’m very excited to get started. All of your lists really inspired me.


bermudaonion(Kathy) January 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Good luck!!


Jessica January 17, 2013 at 11:54 am

Thank you!


Jenni Elyse January 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I’m glad you decided to join. I look forward to seeing what you decide to read. :D


Jessica January 17, 2013 at 11:56 am

Thanks, Jenni. I think it’ll be a fun one for us a chat about in real life too.


Jenny January 14, 2013 at 5:34 pm

I’m going to read Splintered and Alice in Wonderland. I’m excited. I think this will be much easier than trying The Scarlet Letter.


Jessica January 17, 2013 at 11:56 am

Ooh. We can discuss. I got this awesome illustrated (more like graphically designed) version of ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, which has me really motivated to read it.


Emily January 14, 2013 at 7:40 pm

*gasp* Oh, my gosh, this sounds awesome! I was going to avoid most challenges this year, but I cannot resist this one. I have a serious weak spot for retellings. They make me giddy beyond belief. Okay, I’ve talked myself into it. (Not that it was hard!) I’m signing up this week!


Jessica January 17, 2013 at 11:57 am

Yay! Another convert. I had to break my challenge ban too, but I think it’ll be totally worth it.


Emily January 19, 2013 at 9:04 am

I did it! Yay!


Jessica January 19, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Hooray! I’m heading over to your post right now!


Care January 16, 2013 at 7:52 am

This does sound fun. I guess I better wander over since I’m curious how you FIND retellings. I assume there is a list?


Jessica January 17, 2013 at 11:58 am

Melissa has put together a couple of great lists over at her blog, and I think there are a few websites out there with lists too. I hope you find some you want to read and join up!


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