The Classic Double Challenge is back for 2013
Description...Examples...Rules...Levels from the site:
"By "classics" you know I'm being very loose in my definition, as this challenge lets you read fairy tales, mythologies, classics, any kind of original story to compare with the retelling. Also "retelling" is pretty loose too - the original and the newer book have to relate in some way that you can define; it doesn't have to be a straight-forward retelling. Hopefully these definitions allow you the wiggle room needed to find something to fit your fancy.
Here are a few examples:
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.
The first is kind of a "classic" and in the second, the main character loves A Wrinkle in Time and it plays a part in the plot, but this is not a retelling.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series by Kenneth Oppel.
The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein is a prequel series to Frankenstein.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Jane by April Lindner.
Jane is a retelling of Jane Eyre, set in a modern day.
So, you can see there are lots of options for you. If you need some inspiration for retellings, I've compiled a rather extensive list of retellings. I have another list for fairy tale retellings. Also, during the Retell Me a Story celebration next month I will be highlighting some newer retellings that have been released or are coming out soon."
Small: You read 2 related books.
Medium: You read 4 books (2 sets of related books).
Large: You read 6 books (3 sets of related books).
Super Size: You read 8 books (4 sets of related books).
I had this one on my challenge list year but never got to any of the books I planned to read for it. So I will be trying it again this year.
From my current shelves there are 7 sets that I think will fit this challenge:
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Rebecca's Story by Sally Beauman
Scarlet Letter by Mathanial Hawthorne
Hester by Paula Reed
Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Time Machine by H.G. Wells
Map of Time by Feliz Palma
Sybil by Flora Rheta Schrieber
Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan
Tempest by William Shakespeare
A Brave Vessel by Hobson Woodward
Beauty and the Beast
Beauty by Robin McKinley