I haven't read many retelling in my life; one is, in fact, the right number. And I don't plan on reading much more because I have mix feelings about them. Here's why.
- It's like the author ran out of ideas -
I'll be the first one to say that the one and only retelling series I read was fabulous. It's one of my favorite of all time, and I would recommend it to everyone.
That being said, I can't help but feel like authors who write these type of stories ran out of ideas. We're you lacking so much creativity that you had to take an already existent story to make your own? Of course not! I know that! But you have to wonder: why not invent a completely new universe? Isn't that the fun of writing; creating your OWN place where everything YOU want is possible?
- It's been done before -
Retellings are just that: retellings. We've all know the story of Alice in Wonderland. I know what happens, I know what the characters will be like and I don't care to read a book where the things I know have been tweaked a bit to make a different story.
Then again, the whole point of retellings is to create NEW stories that will surprise readers, not write the exact same thing over and over again.
- I don't get excited -
Retellings, as original and interesting as they may be, will never be completely unique because they will always be link to that one story from which they were created.
For my part, I read books that get me excited; if I'm not feeling it, then I don't read it. More and more, I find myself looking for books that really stand out, that have that never-before-seen factor that really grabs my attention. Unfortunately, retellings don't fit that category.
At the end of the day, my experience with retellings remains very positive, but I simply have no interest in reading any more.
What are your thoughts on this? I want to hear your opinion, don't be shy!