Summer Reruns: 10 Classics Reimagined


Retellings are by no means an uncommon occurrence in the book world. They are popular because they satisfy the reader's nostalgia of encountering familiar characters while putting a new spin on their expectations, whether the adaptation transports the source material into more modern times or different locations, makes adjustments to race or gender, or breathes new life into the original by providing a backstory to a secondary character or a perspective that fills in any unwritten gaps.

Ideally, a retelling respects the bones of the original but also revitalizes it with perspectives and insights appealing to a modern readership, otherwise why bother reading it? These ten books are examples of retellings that serve both the old and new gods, with annotations citing the source material and why you should bother checking them out.