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.