I love, LOVE (did I mention LOVE?) twists on classics. Well, usually. I saw part of the 2000 version of Hamlet the other week, where Ethan Hawke walks around looking pouty-cute (his signature look, he should trademark the term pouty-cute) and Steve Zahn (who is incapable of sucking IMHO) is a stoner Rosencrantz. Bill Murray is in there somewhere, too.
In this movie, where people have “The Internets” and modern conveniences, but still speak lines directly from the play…
Stuff like that rarely gels for me. It just seems awkward and stiff. Bizarre.
I much prefer things like 10 Things I Hate About You where the lines are as modern as the backdrop.
Side note: Why is Julia Stiles in so many Shakespeare adaptations?
Anyway, rambling aside, here’s my list!
Obviously a take on Pandora. The first in a series. Written by Carolyn Hennsey who is on my soap. This makes me doubly happy. Which perhaps makes me lame. But I embrace that!
The tagline is: Cinderella retold
I have to say up front I’m wary of Cinderella stories b/c there are just so many of them. But I’ve heard good things about this book and it sounds dark, which I’m excited about. As much as I like Disney’s version with Gus Gus the Mouse, it’s just so sugary sweet.
Oz from the POV of the Wicked Witch of the West. I’ve been warned there’s lots of S-E-X (just like that, too, all spelled out). I’ll be the judge of that!
Take on the Grimm Bros The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I’ve read the entire (what felt like) 2 million page volume of their tales. I remember like one story. It wasn’t this one. But I’m still psyched!
Gah, there are so many others I want to read (like Sweetly by Jackson Pearce – modern retelling of my fave, Hansel and Gretel) but time and the library collection dictate otherwise.
What’s everyone else reading? Any favorite twists on old favorites? Does anyone know a good retelling of Snow White?