Classics Rewritten

Many classics have been rewritten lately. It’s always interesting to compare a classic to its remake:  Do the characters act differently? Are there new characters? Is the novel even set in the same time period?

Take for instance Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which takes Jane Austen’s original text and modifies it to include “Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!” The words are nearly identical to Austen’s original except for where Grahame-Smith adds the zombie parts.

Other rewritten tales don’t just modify the original classic text but rather write an entire new story line, adding characters and creating a new perspective from which to understand the classic. Such remakes reimagine the story.

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd retells H.G. Wells’ sci-fi classic The Island of Dr. Moreau. If you like stories of the strange and bizarre then you should try Wells’ classic. In The Madman’s Daughter, Shepherd introduces a significant new character, 16-year-old Juliet Moreau, daughter of the mad scientist.

The novel promises to be “a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect.” This title comes out on January 29th. DMPL has ordered copies so place your hold with you library card today!

Here are other classic remakes to check out:

Classic: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Remake: Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Classic: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Remake: Jane by April Lindner

Classic: Persuasion by Jane Austen
Remake: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Happy Reading!

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