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Post  Taryn on Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:12 pm

How do you all feel about fairy tale retellings?

[I haven't been on the forums in forever, so I randomly hopped in, clicked post new topic, and typed whatever came out of my fingers. Soooooooo yes. Random. But now I do want to know.]

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Re: Once upon a time

Post  Renée on Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:52 pm

Good to see you, Taryn! Smile

As for fairytale retellings, I love 'em. If done well, they can end up being one of my favorite books, because they have this classic feel to them that I enjoy (i.e. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. I've also read some fairly awful retellings, so it depends.). Currently, I have a Snow White retelling planned--I'm super excited for it. Very Happy
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Re: Once upon a time

Post  Amanda on Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:31 pm

TARYN.

Hi. bounce

My response is pretty much the same as Renee's. If I could only pick one book to read ever ever ever, it would probably be The Goose Girl. And that means, if in my entire life, I knew how to read, but I was only allowed to read one book, it would be The Goose Girl. Which makes my opinion on really well done fairytale retellings pretty clear. Razz
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Post  Maggie on Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:32 am

I'd say I'm the same as the twins, but I haven't read a lot of fairytale retellings. If I have, I don't even remember. I'd say as long as they were done well, I don't think I'd have a problem with it. But if you mess up a classic... you'll get a piece of my mind. Razz

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Post  Shahira on Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:19 am

I'm with Maggie. I can't remember if I've read any but if it's done well, why not? I actually think it'd be interesting to read a retell of Withering Heights. Very Happy What I do LOVE is All the Cinderella remakes they do as movies. They're kind of lame but I like them lol. Smile
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Post  Constance on Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:27 am

I *love* fairy tale retellings. So much. I love retellings in general (Percy Jackson, anyone?). But yeah, they do have to be good, or I will think* about hunting down the author and force-feeding them the real, proper story until the realize their mistake and swear on their lives that they will make it all better. Twisted Evil

*I said think. I wouldn't actually do it. But it is the thought that counts.
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Re: Once upon a time

Post  Sarah on Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:01 pm

Hi Taryn!

I pretty much agree with everyone else, when they're done well (really this goes for any book out there) I love them. I remember really liking Beastly, the one they recently made the movie on, but the book was tons better than the movie. Plus, in the book he had sort of a supernatural online support group which didn't make it in the movie and that disappointed me because I liked the characters he talked to (though I understood why it didn't make it).
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Post  Shahira on Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:17 am

@Sarah There's a book for Beastly?! I'm definitely reading that! Smile I didn't like Alex Pettyfer's acting in the movie. But I love Vanessa Hudgen's character. Smile
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Post  Sarah on Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:59 am

Yup Smile it's by Alex Flinn. I read it a few years before the movie came out so I was excited when I saw they were making one on it. I agree with you, I really liked Venessa's character but I was still disappointed in the movie, I thought they could have made it better.
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Post  Shahira on Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:15 pm

Don't you just hate when they make books into movies but totally butcher them? Sad I'm praying they don't mess up The Hunger Games!
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Post  Sarah on Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:54 pm

Yes! It's a total pet peeve of mine! I'm excited to see the Hunger Games movie even though I haven't read the book lol
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Re: Once upon a time

Post  Shahira on Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:17 pm

You haven't read the books..? Shocked Please go read them, like, now. Very Happy You'll love them. And possibly even become completely obsessed like Maggie and me. What a Face
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Post  Sarah on Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:02 pm

I'm scared to because everyone says that the third one was terrible. I get really upset about those things soo I didn't want to read them Embarassed
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Post  Amanda on Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:39 pm

...I didn't think the third book was terrible... Embarassed *retreats back to my minority*
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Re: Once upon a time

Post  Sarah on Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:16 pm

@Amanda LOL! Well... Maybe I'll give it a try. We'll see Smile
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Post  Shahira on Sun Sep 18, 2011 1:19 pm

I've heard that the 3rd book was bad too. Some say it seemed forced. Like Collins didn't want to write it, more like she had to. I read it & liked it but the only thing that really irked me was the ending. The way she didn't show what happened but just told it, like summed it up in two paragraphs. I lost a little bit of respect for Collins after that one. Mad

@Amanda, what did you think of the ending?
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Re: Once upon a time

Post  Sarah on Sun Sep 18, 2011 1:42 pm

Oh, I see. I've seen that done before and it really annoys me, but maybe I'll give the book a try Smile
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Post  Amanda on Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:59 pm

@Shahira--I thought the summary worked, mostly--I don't think I would've wanted to read about all that in real time. It would've dragged it out and lessened the emotional impact. I do think some things were lacking in the ending, but there's a big difference between a couple missteps and hating a book, haha. So I was generally satisfied. The main thing I disliked was Finnick's fate(GRATUITOUS!!! Crying or Very sad) and how Gale's storyline was tied up--as in it really wasn't. Blech. Mad
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Re: Once upon a time

Post  Shahira on Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:32 pm

@Sarah Let me know what you think once you read it. Smile

@Amanda I agree about Finnik. That was so unnecessary. Sad I also feel like she didn't give Gale the ending he deserved. Poor guy basically got brushed under the rug. That's pretty much what I couldn't get over about the ending. :/
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