What I've read lately

Abe Gross argross at bigpond.net.au
Wed Jan 29 01:42:16 EST 2003



> On Tue, 28 Jan 2003 22:29:23 +1100, Abe Gross wrote:
>
> >Melissa replied:
> >
> >> If you are retelling a story, and the only thing you do is change the
> >names
> >> 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)!

Melissa replied:

> 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.
:)

If your comments agree with mine, I wouldn't be so sure. :-))

It *is* an interesting concept, this one of retelling, what makes it work
and what doesn't. You're incredibly lucky to belong to a book club that
actually reads SF and F. (I don't know of any.)

Ros

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