I’ll be completely honest with you, I love retellings. I have always found them to be super fun and creative. It’s really interesting to see an authors own take and twist to a fairytale, it makes the reader never really truly see it the same way again. Of course, typically in a good way.
Some of my favorite YA retellings include AG Howard’s Splintered, Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass Series and A Court of Thorns and Roses and The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd.
If you ask me, I would say retellings are becoming more in more popular among young adult authors. We have The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins coming out this year, along with Sophie Jordan’s The Shadow Queen, Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman, and of course, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. In my personal opinion, the sudden increase in retellings might be due to the popularity with the few written.
I am actually very excited for the 2016 titles above. But my real question for this discussion is what makes a good retelling? I mean, honestly, I find that there is no “real” way to write a good story much less a retelling. But what makes a bad retelling? There is one thing a retelling needs to have and it’s relation to what story it’s retelling, for instance, ACOTAR has the Tamlin – the beast from Beauty and the Beast, Splintered has Wonderland from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. But after that, I say what makes the book a great book is all up to the author. What are some things you think make a retelling good or bad? Do you agree with me? Disagree? Tell me in the comments! Thanks for reading!