När jag säger ordet retelling så tänker väl de flesta på fairy tale retellings, men det finns ju annat också. Myter kan återberättas, eller gamla klassiska böcker (vem har inte hört talas om Stolthet och fördom och zombier?). Nu har jag skrapat ihop ett gäng retellings av olika sorter som verkar intressanta.
Railsea av China Miéville
Retelling av: Moby Dick
On board the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt: the giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey, the battle resulting in one’s death and the other’s glory. But no matter how spectacular it is, Sham can't shake the sense that there is more to life than traveling the endless rails of the railsea–even if his captain can think only of the hunt for the ivory-coloured mole she’s been chasing since it took her arm all those years ago. When they come across a wrecked train, at first it's a welcome distraction. But what Sham finds in the derelict—a series of pictures hinting at something, somewhere, that should be impossible—leads to considerably more than he'd bargained for. Soon he's hunted on all sides, by pirates, trainsfolk, monsters and salvage-scrabblers. And it might not be just Sham's life that's about to change. It could be the whole of the railsea.
En återberättelse av Moby Dick i steampunk-fattning. Har inte läst originalet men den här låter spännande, omslaget är dessutom snyggt.
Doomed av Tracey Deebs
Retelling av: Pandora´s box
Beat the game. Save the world.
Pandora’s just your average teen, glued to her cell phone and laptop, surfing Facebook and e-mailing with her friends, until the day her long-lost father sends her a link to a mysterious site featuring twelve photos of her as a child. Unable to contain her curiosity, Pandora enters the site, where she is prompted to play her favorite virtual-reality game, Zero Day. This unleashes a global computer virus that plunges the whole world into panic: suddenly, there is no Internet. No cell phones. No utilities, traffic lights, hospitals, law enforcement.
Pandora teams up with handsome stepbrothers Eli and Theo to enter the virtual world of Zero Day. Simultaneously, she continues to follow the photographs from her childhood in an attempt to beat the game and track down her father, her one key to saving the world as we know it.
Part The Matrix, part retelling of the Pandora myth, Doomed has something for gaming fans, dystopian fans, and romance fans alike.
Pandoras ask är väl en lite mindre känd myt, men går i det stora hela ut på att kvinnan Pandora fick en ask av en Gud, men hon fick inte lov att öppna den. Men nyfiken som hon var kunde hon inte låta bli, och när hon öppnade den släppte hon ut massor av katastrofer i världen. Här har vi en science fiction variant av den, verkar kul
Enchanted av Aletha Kontis
Retelling av: Grodprinsen
It isn't easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.
When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.
The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past - and hers?
En återberättelse på sagan om grodprinsen, den verkar hur mysig som helst.
Splintered av A.G. Howard
Retelling av: Alice i Underlandet
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence.
Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
Vem älskar inte Alive i Underlandet? Omslaget är dessutom grymt snyggt. En bok jag inte kan vänta att få läsa.
A kiss in time av Alex Flinn
Retelling av: Törnrosa
I was told to beware the accursed spindle, but it was so enchanting, so hypnotic...
I was looking for a little adventure the day I ditched my tour group. But finding a comatose town, with a hot-looking chick asleep in it, was so not what I had in mind.
I awakened in the same place but in another time—to a stranger's soft kiss.
I couldn't help kissing her. Sometimes you just have to kiss someone. I didn't know this would happen.
Now I am in dire trouble because my father, the king, says I have brought ruin upon our country. I have no choice but to run away with this commoner!
Now I'm stuck with a bratty princess and a trunk full of her jewels...The good news: My parents will freak!
Av samma författare som skrev Beastly - ett odjur, en retelling av Skönheten och Odjuret. Denna är baserad på Törnrosa och verkar vara en mysig kärlekshistoria.
A long, long sleep av Anna Sheehan
Retelling av: Törnrosa
It should have been a short suspended-animation sleep. But this time Rose wakes up to find her past is long gone-- and her future full of peril.
Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for sixty-two years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten subbasement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long gone, and Rose-- hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire-- is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh.
But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes-- or be left without any future at all.
Mer Törnrosa, här i science fiction form.
Cinder av Marissa Meyer
Retelling av: Askungen
Cinder - en cyborg med elak styvmor och mystiskt förflutet. Nu står hon i centrum för en intergalaktisk maktkamp. Cinder är 17 år och Nya Beijings bästa mekaniker. Som cyborg har hon inga rättigheter, och hennes styvmor lägger beslag på allt hon tjänar. En dag dyker prins Kai upp vid Cinders marknadsstånd. Den omsvärmade prinsen har ett uppdrag åt henne - och snart är de båda indragna i den onda Måndrottningens intriger. Samtidigt härjar en dödlig pest på Jorden. Cyborger som utses till försökskaniner har ingen chans att överleva ...
Ja, Cinder finns ju faktiskt översatt till svenska nu! Nyfiken som jag är kommer jag nog snart traska ut till närmsta bokhandel och slösa bort lite pengar... Uppföljaren, Scarlet, ska vara baserad på Lilla Rödluvan och de andra två ska bygga på Snövit och Rapunzel. Det finns dessutom en prequel som heter Glitches.
Ash av Malinda Lo
Retelling av: Askungen
In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.
The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love—and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.
Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.
Detta ska vara en tolkning av Askungen där huvudpersonen är lesbisk. Jag tycker att den verkar både annorlunda och romantisk, men recensionerna är väldigt varierade.
The Sweetest Spell av Suzanne Selfors
Retelling av: Den fula ankungen
Emmeline Thistle, a dirt-scratcher's daughter, has escaped death twice-first, on the night she was born, and second, on the day her entire village was swept away by flood. Left with nothing and no one, Emmeline discovers her rare and mysterious ability-she can churn milk into chocolate, a delicacy more precious than gold.
Suddenly, the most unwanted girl in Anglund finds herself desired by all. But Emmeline only wants one-Owen Oak, a dairyman's son, whose slow smiles and lingering glances once tempted her to believe she might someday be loved for herself. But others will stop at nothing to use her gift for their own gains-no matter what the cost to Emmeline.
Magic and romance entwine in this fantastical world where true love and chocolate conquer all.
Detta måste vara bland de märkligaste böcker jag någonsin hört talas om - en flicka som lever med kor och kan förvandla mjölk till choklad. Man måste ju läsa den bara för att den verkar så annorlunda.
For darkness shows the stars av Diana Peterfreund
Retelling av: Jane Austens Persuasion
It's been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.
Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family's estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot's estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth--an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.
But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret--one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she's faced with a choice: cling to what she's been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she's ever loved, even if she's lost him forever.
Persuasion har jag inte läst, man retellingen verkar bra
Nu har ni fått en del att bita i. Vet ni några fler retellings? Feel free to tell