'Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.'- Angela Carter

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Classics Retold Project

So today kicks of this awesome challenge. I've decided to read Alice in Wonderland as well as reading various adaptations of the books. I'll be sneaking in the latest Alice in Wonderland film (the one with Johnny Depp) if I have time too. Here's a list of the books that I'm going to be reading this month:

Alice in Wonderland - Lee Carroll
Splintered - A. G. Howard
Alice in Zombieland - Gena Showalter
Automated Alice - Jeff Noon
Fifty Shades of Alice in Wonderland - Melinda DuChamp
Steaming into Wonderland - Douglas Cohen

From the hosts:

Classics Retold is a project hosted by me, Alyssa @ Books Take You PlacesCharlene @ Bookish WhimsyWendy @ Excellent Library, and Brittany @ Book Addict’s Guide.

Project: Fairy Tale was a huge hit with everyone so I decided to expand and tweak it a bit. For this project we are reading a classic book and then reading or watching retellings, spin-offs, or adaptations of it!

The details:
September 2013 will be our month to post everything.
How You Participate:
  • You will choose a classic you’d like to read.
  • You read your classic and read or watch as many retellings, spin-offs, sequels or adaptations of the classic as you can.
  • You will post reviews or your thoughts on your blog for each one during September.
  • 1-4 bloggers can work on a “main” text. You can work independently or work together. You’re allowed to all read/watch the same things or split the work up.
  • To participate in this project, you only sign up for one classic (and its adaptions).
  • Optional: If you’d like to work on another classic (or adaptation), find the bloggers “in charge” of that text and ask to do a guest review/post.
  • Optional: Do other posts about your classic: character analysis, where else to find the characters, the book’s influence on culture, memes, etc. It can be literally anything involving your classic.
  • Optional: Do a sign up post after I clear your classic. It will help spread the word about the project and you’re able to bounce your ideas off of your readers. They may even give you ideas of books/movies to use for your classic!
  • For a classic to be useable for this project, it should have at least 2 adaptations, spin-offs, sequels, or retellings.

Obviously this project is going to get pretty big so we’ve split the co-hosting duties up.
It’s all one big project so you only sign up once for one book (NOT once on each blog).
Alyssa @ Books Take You Places is in charge of Ancient to Renaissance Lit Classics. Sign up post
Brittany @ Book Addict’s Guide is in charge of Mythology Classics. Sign up post
Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy is in charge of 19th Century and Gothic Classics. Sign up post
Alison @ The Cheap Reader is in charge of Children’s Classics.
Wendy @ Excellent Library is in charge of American & Misc. Classics. Sign up post


  1. Splintered was AMAZING! This is a great idea :)

  2. I can't wait to read all your reviews for the Alice retellings. I love Alice in Wonderland so I think this is going to be a fun month at your blog!



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