What I've read lately
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
> >> of the characters and the setting, you haven't given the reader
> >> 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
> Did I? I didn't think I was being terribly articulate there. I had a
> 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
> 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.)
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