Retellings I Love

When it comes to retellings, I do get a little bit nervous especially if they are based off of books I love. However, it appears that I love more of those than I think. Now, what were the ones that I actually fell in love?

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

I really don’t think that these books are retellings, but I recently learned that they are. It just never occurred to me especially because I fell in love with the series in middle school. Even when I reread them in June, it still didn’t hit me. Yes, they still may have Greek Gods/Godesses, Beasts/Creatures, Demigods, and some of the same worlds like the Underworld and Olympus.

Song of Achilles

I actually described this book as “The Illiad”, but from Patroclus’ POV. The book starts when Achilles and Patroclus first meet. So, it starts before The Trojan War. If you are even interested in the story of The Illiad and want to start easier, maybe start on Song of Achilles.

Circe

I read BOTH Song of Achilles and Circe this year. Hard to believe that Circe became who she is by just one mistake. Both of those books were in first person. Circe’s downfall started with an unrequited love and deciding between her love her mortals or her love for her own kind.

Spinning Silver

Now, here’s an example of a Fairy Tale retelling. SS is a Rumplestilskin retelling, and what convinced me to read it was the fact that I previously read Naomi Novik’s, Uprooted. Once a year, Park Road Books brings a speaker to church to recommend books, and one year SS was an option.

SS was very original- yes, you saw moments of the original in the book. But for the most part, it felt like a very different story. The main character was changed to female. There are about three POVs. Miyrem was still our main character, who was the one would turn things to gold.

Conclusion

To be honest, I didn’t know ALL of them were retellings. Has that ever happened to you- as in not being aware you were reading a retelling?

Loving Families in Storytelling

There are two types of families in storytelling. There are the loving families, and there are the nonloving families. They exist in the world of novels, operas, and musicals- that is where I have seen them.

SPOILERS

Mufasa and Simba

Simba and Mufasa share a close bond. Mufasa was an amazing king and father to Simba. He taught him incredible lessons about hoe to be a good king. But Mufasa’s time was short-lived due to his younger brother, Scar, killing him.

Anna and Elsa

Yes, their relationship was rocky at times. They eventually lost both of their parents. The core of Frozen is on these two sisters. Elsa was only trying to protect Anna, but Anna wanted a closer relationship.

Aurora and Jasmine

They are the main characters of Greatest Discovery. Born in 1998 to artsy and Disney loving families. Both twins have hazel hair and light blue eyes- the difference is one girl has curly hair and the other has straight. Aurora is innocent, stubborn, and loves playing with dolls and princesses. Jasmine is more mature, optimistic, fiercely protective of her sister, and loves designing the clothes the dolls wear.

Due to a car crash during a snowy day, these twins survived while their parents died. Jasmine became even more protective of Aurora. Mali, Aurora’s special doll, was the last doll her mom made her. Aurora struggles a lot more with the loss.

Belle and Maurice

While the town may think they are odd, these two don’t see each other that way. You truly can see Belle’s love for her father when she takes her father’s place at Beast’s castle.

Fantine and Cosette

Yes, in the musical, you never saw the two of them together. But Fantine truly loved her daughter unconditionally. She would do anything for her daughter. That is why she went as far as turning to prostitution to provide for Cosette. She hoped her daughter would have a better life then she had. She had peace and comfort when Valjean promised to raise Cosette- that is why her death scene was bittersweet.

Valjean and Cosette

This is one of my favorite relationships. Valjean adopted Cosette after her mother died. On Fantine’s deathbed, Valjean promised her he would raise Cosette. Little did Valjean know how much Cosette would change his life. He even changed her life as well- literally, Cosette was abused until he rescued her.

Aries and Darcy

Yes, this is an Uncle and Nephew relationship, but its still family. Aries may be a confident leader, but he can doubt himself at times. So sometimes, Darcy gives him advice at times. Darcy is next in line to be leader of the Fairy Frogs.

Effa and Rudy

They are two minor characters in Tale of the Cattail Forest. I like to call them “peas in a pods”. They are identical twins, who eventually befriend Celeste.

The Weasley Family

They are one of my favorite families in literature. I love how they basically treated Harry like one of their own. Ron is one of his best friends- that is how he was introduced to the family. Seven siblings. You mainly spend time with Ron, Fred, George, and Ginny at Hogwarts- Ron and Harry are part of the same year. There are not many good families in Harry Potter- at least you have the incredible Weasley Family.

March 2021 in Review

March was really not that good of a month. It is so hard to think of highlights.

Reading

Well, I never actually started a book. I continued reading Starless Sea on my Kindle, but still not finished. I had planned to finish more books by now. Not in a reading slump, but a bit slower on reading.

Blumenthal

I have some exciting news. My mom got the two of us tickets for the Immersive Vincent Van Gogh Experience. Blumenthal is well known for the Broadway Tours, but they do way more then just those musicals. Blumenthal also supports events.

Favorite Male Authors

This time, I am writing a list of favorite male authors. So much easier to think of favorite male authors. Once again, can include nonfiction authors. Some of these authors, I only read one book.

Authors:

  1. C.S. Lewis
  2. Phillip Pullman
  3. Mark Twain
  4. Charles Dickens
  5. Thomas Hardy
  6. Victor Hugo
  7. Miguel de Cervantes
  8. Chris Colfer
  9. Homer
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien
  11. Denver Moore and Rob Hall