What I've read lately
Melissa at Proffitt.com
Tue Jan 28 12:00:36 EST 2003
On Tue, 28 Jan 2003 22:29:23 +1100, Abe Gross wrote:
>> If you are retelling a story, and the only thing you do is change the
>> of the characters and the setting, you haven't given the reader anything
>> new, and consequently haven't given them any reason to read.
>I think you've just said what I was trying to say (probably more clearly)!
Did I? I didn't think I was being terribly articulate there. I had a long
discussion about this book with my reading group last summer, trying to
explain why it was such a waste of time...so many retellings are successful
that it's hard to explain when one fails, because the criticisms sound so
ridiculous. "The author just retold the story in a new setting." "Well,
isn't that what the author is SUPPOSED to do?" "Yes, but it's supposed to
be something new as well." "If it's new, how is it a retelling?" And so
forth. Your comments reassured me that I was not, in fact, crazy, Ros. :)
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