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Books About Other Books (retellings, parodies, resettings..)

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Re: Books About Other Books (retellings, parodies, resettings..)

Postby Surgery » Thu May 22, 2008 3:31 am UTC

Do you mean books actually about books? or books that are retellings/inspired by/allude to other books or stories? If you mean the former (which is what I thought when I read the title of the thread) you should really check out House of Leaves (i'm sure it's been discussed here before). It's a book about a book about a movie. It's quite amazing.

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Postby Flying Betty » Thu May 22, 2008 3:55 am UTC

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Postby JayDee » Thu May 22, 2008 11:20 am UTC

Hmm. This is another reminder that I haven't read my copy of Snow White, Blood Red yet.

I did read Lost Girls recently. It tells a story (or a series of connected stories, rather) about the protagonists of Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland meeting as adults in an Austrian hotel just prior to the outbreak of the Great War. They tell each other their childhood stories, which have been recast as stories of sexual awakening.

It is pornographic, but I thought it worked better far as a story than as porn, largely because of the ways the familiar stories were retold. The retellings were closer to the originals than I would have thought could be done, to be honest.
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Re: Books About Other Books (retellings, parodies, resettings..)

Postby dracharys » Thu May 22, 2008 4:00 pm UTC

John Connolly's The Book of Lost Tales uses a lot of material from classic fairy tales in the main text and includes the original stories afterwards.
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Postby Quixotess » Thu May 22, 2008 4:07 pm UTC

Untold Tales by I-don't-know-who was a funny but thought-provoking look at some fairy tales. Quite interesting. For example, it was the Beast who was beautiful and Beauty who was ugly, but it was still the Beast who was cursed.
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Postby Amarantha » Fri May 23, 2008 6:17 am UTC

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard 8)

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Postby Luthen » Mon May 26, 2008 1:01 am UTC

Basically all of Jasper Fforde. His main series is about Thursday Next a Literary Detective and she ends up entering and working in fiction.

The spin-off series involves him retelling nursery stories (often interwoven and "perfected") as crime thrillers.
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Re: Books About Other Books (retellings, parodies, resettings..)

Postby Zohar » Mon May 26, 2008 9:56 am UTC

I think I missed this thread... Fables is awesome. Dan Simmons' Illium and Olympos, somewhat. Does The Neverending Story count? :)
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Re: Books About Other Books (retellings, parodies, resetting

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Sun Sep 09, 2012 1:12 pm UTC

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How did I not see this thread? One book that vividly stands out from childhood where a book retells other stories would have to be Travel Far, Pay No Fare. The book was about this boy and his mother, who was recently divorced (or else widowed, I can't remember), who move in with his uncle and cousin. The boy's mother and the uncle had been dating, and had decided to live together before they got married. The boy wasn't too thrilled with it; nor was his cousin, as it would turn out.

The cousin had joined the local library's summer reading program, where everyone received a free bookmark. One member each year would get a magical bookmark, that when placed in a book, would transport the reader literally into the setting of the book, and the reader would witness the story occurring up to where he or she placed the bookmark (you had to place it in a part where you planned to stop). The bookmarks would all have a cute saying or poem, regarding the wonders of reading. The one that was the focal point of the story read, "Travel far, pay no fare; let a book take you there." The odd thing was that you didn't witness the action like you were watching TV; the characters actually interacted with you, and the world you entered would be different than the world in the book itself. Some of the books they explored included The Yearling, Alice in Wonderland, a couple of others I can't recall, and a story in a National Geographic magazine about an erupting volcano somewhere in Central or South America.

One odd thing the boy and his mom encountered at the uncle's house was a bunch of cages with cats. The mom was deathly allergic to cats. The odd thing about the cats was they were all saddled with names of cats from popular books, like Puss in Boots, Cheshire Cat, Garfield (from the comic strip collection books), and a few others. The cousin admitted having taken the cats from their respectable books and keeping them there, knowing full well the mom was allergic.

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Re: Books About Other Books (retellings, parodies, resetting

Postby ahammel » Mon Sep 10, 2012 3:44 pm UTC

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a retelling of all the books.
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Re: Books About Other Books (retellings, parodies, resetting

Postby Jorpho » Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:08 am UTC

The Magic Circle is the first thing that comes to mind: the story of the witch from Hansel and Gretel, done with demons and deference to historical accuracy.

I am also reminded of Harlot By The Side of the Road, which attempts to tackle the naughtier bits of the Bible. And Tom Holt's work, such as "Snow White and the Seven Samurai".

The inevitable relevant category on TV Tropes appears to be Fractured Fairy Tale.

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Re: Books About Other Books (retellings, parodies, resetting

Postby freezeblade » Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:09 pm UTC

How about Lamb? That's kind of a re-telling. Great book too.
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Postby wumpus » Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:40 pm UTC

Silverlockhttp://www.amazon.com/Silverlock-John-Myers/dp/0441012477

Just Silverlock.

Synopses: A. Clarence Shandon (M.B.A., Wisconsin) is the sole survivor of the wreck of the Naglfar (hint, Loki's ship during Ragnorak). Our "hero" washes ashore, meets pretty much everyone who is anyone in literature and mythology (at least up to Mark Twain or so). You won't get all the references (without google, which makes it much less fun). Highly recommended.

- note, Candide was my canonical "discovers banned books are boring book" yet I had a blast during the Candide "thus I refute Leibniz" part (calculus was making me miserable).

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Re: Books About Other Books (retellings, parodies, resetting

Postby AvatarIII » Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:26 am UTC

John Scalzi's Fuzzy Nation is a reboot of H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy series
It uses the original plot and characters to tell an original story in a different continuity.


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