Monday, December 12, 2011

Listless Monday, Retellings and Such Like

Listless Monday was inspired by both Amanda at A Bookshelf Monstrosity's feature Books by Theme and Court at Once Upon a Bookshelf's Listed feature.  Be sure to check out their lists!

I know you might be getting sick of hearing about it, but I created a list of books that will fit into the challenge I'm hosting, Classic Double Challenge, and I finally got the list set up with links!  So, here is a collection of retellings, sequels, prequels, tie-ins, and other generally "inspired by" books (with the originals, as best I could tell).  This list is anything but comprehensive, since the more popular works (notably Jane Austen and Shakespeare) have so many spin offs and such that I couldn't list them all if a wanted.  Thus, a sprinkling of them, plucked from my random knowledge (and with many thanks to those with suggestions, notably Melissa of Life: Merging).  Feel free to offer suggestions of some of your favorites!

Associated with a specific book/play/work

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
You Don't Know About Me by Brian Meehle

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Actual and Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher by Jessica Lawson

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
Splintered by A.G. Howard
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Ten by Gretchen McNeil
I Know What You Did Last Wednesday by Anthony Horowitz

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
What Happened to Anna K. by Irina Reyn

Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe
Ashes on the Waves by Mary Lindsey

Beowulf by Anonymous
Beowulf by Gareth Hinds (graphic novel!)
The Coming of the Dragon by Rebecca Barnhouse

Carmen by Prosper Mérimée
Carmen by Walter Dean Myers
The Fortune of Carmen Navarro by Jen Bryant
When the Stars Go Blue by Caridad Ferrer

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Marly's Ghost by David Levithan and Brian Selznick

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood by Eileen Cook

Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
At Face Value by Emily Franklin
Flawless by Lara Chapman

Undercover by Beth Kephart

Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
The Last Summer Of The Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork

Dracula by Bram Stoker
iDrakula by Bekka Black
Bloodline by Kate Cary
Dracula in Love by Karen Essex

Emma by Jane Austen
The Espressologist by Kristina Springer

The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous
Gil Marsh by A.C.E. Bauer

Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri
On the Devil's Court by Carl Deuker

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Mister Creecher by Chris Priestley
The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series by Kenneth Oppel

Henry Franks by Peter Adam Salomon
Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters by Suzanne Weyn

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jake, Reinvented by Gordon Korman

Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray
Ophelia by Lisa Klein
Dating Hamlet by Lisa Fiedler
The Dead Father's Club by Matt Haig
Hamlet by John Marsden
Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde (and The Merry Wives of Windsor)
Something Rotten by Alan Gratz
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev (and various other Shakespeare plays)

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Howards End by E.M. Forster

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

The Iliad by Homer
Troy High by Shana Norris
Troy by Adele Geras
Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Jane by April Lindner
A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont
The Eyre Affaire by Jasper Fforde
The Flight of Gemma Hardy: A Novel by Margot Livesey
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Dark Companion by Marta Acosta
Jane Slayre by Charlotte Bronte and Sherri Browning Erwin
Ironskin by Tina Connolly

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

King Lear by William Shakespeare
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logstedt
The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly
The Lost summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees
March by Geraldine Brooks
The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick

Lysistrata by Aristophanes
Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Enter Three Witches by Caroline B. Cooney
Lady Macbeth's Daughter by Lisa Klein

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
The Trouble with Flirting by Clare LaZebnik

The Masque of The Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Shylock's Daughter by Mijam Pressler

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
The Loser's Guide to Life and Love by A.E. Cannon

A Midsummer Night's Scream by R.L.Stine

Moby Dick
by Herman Melville
Moby Clique by Cara Lockwood

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance by Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin
Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Gehrman

The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Henry Tilney's Diary by Amanda Grange
Northanger Alibi by Jenni James

The Odyssey by Homer
The Odyssey by Garth Hinds
Ithaka by Adele Geras
King of Ithaka by Tracey Barrett

Stickman Odyssey by Christopher Ford
Ulysses by James Joyce

Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia Mccall
The Odyssey by Gillian cross

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Othello by William Shakespeare
Othello by Julius Lester

I, Iago by Nicole Galland

Paradise Lost by John Milton
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

Persuasion by Jane Austen
Captain Wentworth's Diary by Amanda Grange
Captain Wentworth's Persuasion by Regina Jeffers
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Persuaded by Jenni James

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
The Child Thief by Brom
Another Pan by Daniel and Dina Nayeri
Peter and the Starcatchers series by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Lightbringer by K.D. McEntire
How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik
Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith
Pies and Prejudice by Heather Vogel Frederick
Bridget Jones' Diary by Helen Fielding
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard

Dear Mr. Darcy by Amanda Grange 
Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance
+a million other sequels and spin-offs

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
New Girl by Paige Harbison

Thorn Abbey by Nancy Ohlin

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
West Side Story by Irving Shulman
Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors
Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
Romiette and Julio by Sharon Draper
Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Romeo’s Ex: Rosaline’s Story by Lisa Fiedler

When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
The Scarlet Letterman by Cara Lockwood

A Touch of Scarlet by Eve Marie Mont

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund
Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Humming Room by Ellen Potter

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Sass and Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler
Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland
The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love by Rosie Rushton
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters

Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood by Abby McDonald

A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard

Sherlock Holmes books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King
Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins by Andrew Lane

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Another Jekyll, Another Hyde by Daniel and Dina Nayeri
The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll & Mademoiselle Odile by James Reese

The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Ariel by Grace Tiffany

Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
The Map of Time by Felix Palma

Tristan and Isolt by Gottfried von Strassburg (or various other authors)
Tris and Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Tighter by Adele Griffin

The Turning by Francine Prose

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Illyria by Elizabeth Hand

Various Tales
Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt
Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
The Wicked Years series by Gregory Maguire

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Catherine by April Lindner
Wuthering High by Cara Lockwood
The House of Dead Maids by Clare Dunkle

Significantly less easy to define and to find an "original" work are myths and legends, but there are so many different iterations I'm sure you could find at least two versions.


Robin Hood

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
Scarlet by A.C. Gaughan
The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley
Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig 

Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George 
Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody
+a billion more

Arthurian Legends
Le Morte D'Arthur by Sir Thomas Mallory
The Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandel
Avalon High by Meg Cabot
The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
+a billion more!

One Thousand and One Nights 
Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher
Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt 

Cupid and Psyche
Cupid: A Tale of Love and Desire by Julius Lester
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

Abandon by Meg Cabot
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman
Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Into the Dark by Bree Despain 

Lost in the Labyrinth by Patrice Kindl
Dark of the Moon by Tracy Barrett

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
Orpheus and Eurydice

All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry

Doomed by Tracy Deebs

The Furies
Fury by Elizabeth Miles
Furious by Jill Wolfson
Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland

General Mythology

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake (Greek)
The Chaos of Stars by Kirsten White (Egyptian)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (Greek)
Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan (Greek/Roman)
The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan (Egyptian)

Loki's Wolves (Blackwell Pages series) by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr (Norse)
Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs 
Soonchild by Russell Hoban (Innuit)

Mother Goose Rhymes
Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes edited by Georgia McBride and Michelle Zink

For more mythological-based books, check out my Listless Monday list on Mythology.
(If you're interested in fairy tale retellings, which are their own giant list, I've compiled quite a few at this Listless Monday list).

I know there are probably hundreds more to add - any suggestions?

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  1. Holy crap! Great list. I still haven't decided what I'm going to read for this challenge. Now I have lots to choose from.

  2. Oh score! I forgot the Espressologist was based on Emma! Nice, now I can read those two, too (Emma is another that has been sitting on my shelf for SO long. I even went out of my way to buy a copy with a pretty cover. But have I read it? No, of course not).

    I didn't realize New Girl was a retelling of Rebecca! I LOVE Rebecca. I passed on New Girl because I don't like covers under water, but I just downloaded it now thanks to your list.

    This list rocks! Thank you for taking the time to put it all together :D

  3. Jenny, thanks! Hope you can find something you might like.

    Small, I'm pretty excited about that too! I've heard Frost by Marianna Baer has some Rebecca similarities too (but isn't, as far as I know, strictly a retelling).

  4. This is such an awesome list! Because of it, I'm pretty sure I'll have to squeeze in this challenge next year, too! :)

  5. Bluerose, I'd love to have you join!

  6. Their is a retelling of The Secret Garden coming out in 2012. It's called the Humming Room and is a children's title.

    I hope to join your challenge this year. I am still deciding which ones to do. I want to read a few more classics in 2012 and this would be a fun addition to that personal goal.


  7. Here are a few more that may or may not fit into this challenge (I think I'll have to joing this one. I'm having lots of fun looking up titles.)

    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    Another Jekyll, another Hyde by Daniel and Dina Nayeri - out in March

    Robin Hood

    Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwing - out in March


    Gil March by Bauer - out in Feb 2012

  8. Book Snoop, awesome suggestions! I'll add them to my list.

  9. wow. this is an amazing list!

  10. Also Tighter by Griffin (Turn of the Screw)

  11. (Never mind!; I see it now!)

  12. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys is a companion to Jane Eyre. The BeeKeeper's Apprentice and the Sherlock Holmes stories is another good pair. Great idea for a challenge!

    1. Ooh, thanks for the suggestions, Mary! I'll add them to the list.

  13. I Know What You Did Last Wednesday by Anthony Horowitz is a sort-of retelling of And Then There Were None. You should add it to the list :)


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