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Friday, June 1, 2012

Classic Double Challenge: June

And once again, I manage an epic fail on my own reading challenge.  Sigh.  June totally snuck up on me and I haven't read a book for this challenge since April.  I am going to get started on a new pair this month!  Who's with me?

Ok, moving on.  I've picked another monthly winner and this time it's Vasilly!  Congrats, I've sent you an email and I'll get a bookish prize sent to you soon. 


Thought question: why do you think it is so hard for us (and authors) to leave those fairy tales and classic stories alone?  We update and write sequels and do movies - why the fixation on these stories of the past?

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12 comments :

  1. In answer to your question, I think it's probably because fairy tales and classic have all the elements of a good story. They're bound to be repeated because they have a successful "formula." But, just because the original is successful, doesn't mean that the spin off is going to be. Look at the new Star Wars compared to the original three.

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    1. I agree, Jenni. I think when a story is good, it lasts. Even when "good" is such a complicated term. Completely agree about those spin-offs, though. The original Star Wars were just so good.

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  2. Thank you so much! You've made my day.

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  3. I think the reason why we can't leave fairy tales alone is because we wonder about the characters or the circumstances. They're never really "complete" in our minds.

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    1. Yes! Even when there is a "happily ever after" we wonder about them. Excellent point!

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  4. I like Vasilly's answer -- we love a character or story and would like to know more. Sometimes that will only happen if we write it ourselves.

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    1. It's certainly more satisfying if we write the ending of a story, though it's a lot harder that way :)

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  5. Crap! The year's almost half over and I still haven't done this challenge yet. And I'm only reading two books for it! Argh! I'll do it I swear I will.

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    1. I am sure you'll get to it sometime - there's just so much else to read :)

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  6. Hi

    I have read three books for the challenge: Charles Dickens' The Mystery of Edwin Drood and two of its off-shoots: The Last Dickens and Drood.

    http://inkquilletc.blogspot.in/2012/06/d-is-for-drood-mystery-continues.html

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    1. Ooh, I haven't heard of these off-shoots before! I'm off to check out your review.

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