Friday, December 9, 2005

Offshoot: Recreating a classic

Not that kind of shooting, you pervs! I’m talking about books inspired by other books, mostly by classics. *g*

Creating a spin-off is a fickle thing: it’s usually a win-AND-loose situation. Win, because you already have a market from the suckers who loved the original story you copied, er, the one who inspired your novel. Loose, because most often than not, your novel will fall short of the original one, and the fans will then write vicious reviews about it LOL.

Here are some connected novels:

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (1967) by Tom Stoppard
from Hamlet (1600) by William Shakespeare

Tilting at Windmills (2003) by Julian Branston
from El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605)
and Segunda Parte del Ingenioso Caballero Don Quixote de la Mancha (1615) by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Pemberley (1993) by Emma Tennant
Bridget Jones’s Diary (1999) by Helen Fielding
Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field (2001) by Melissa Nathan
Mr. Darcy’s Daughters (2003) by Elizabeth Aston
from Pride and Prejudice (1813) by Jane Austen**

Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) by Jean Rhys
from Jane Eyre (1847) by Charlotte Brontë

Ahab’s Wife: Or, The Star Gazer (1999) by Sena Jeter Naslund
from Moby-Dick (1851) by Herman Melville

Jack Maggs (1997) by Peter Carey
from Great Expectations (1860) by Charles Dickens

March (2005) by Geraldine Brooks
from Little Women (1868) by Louisa May Alcott

Persuading Annie (2004) by Melissa Nathan
from Persuasion by (1881) by Jane Austen

My Jim (2005) by Nancy Rawles
from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) by Mark Twain

Mary Reilly (1990) by Valerie Martin
from The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) by Robert Louis Stevenson

Dorian (2002) by Will Self
from The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) by Oscar Wilde

The Historian (2005) by Elizabeth Kostova
from Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker

A Jealous Ghost (2005) by Andrew Norman Wilson
from The Turn of the Screw (1898) by Henry James

The Hours (1998) by Michael Cunningham
Mr. Dalloway (1999) by Robin Lippincott
from Mrs. Dalloway (1925) by Virginia Woolf

Scarlett (1991) by Alexandra Ripley
The Wind Done Gone (2001) by Alice Randall
from Gone With the Wind (1936) by Margaret Mitchell

Mrs. de Winter (1994) by Susan Hill Long
Rebecca’s Tale (2002) by Sally Beauman
from Rebecca (1938) by Daphne DuMaurier

The Godfather Returns (2004) by Mark Winegardner
from The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

**I already cropped this list from Jane Austen; she’s a literary rockstar! LOL Also, if you’re aware of another book inspired by Shakespeare or Dickens, etc, let us know! *g*


3 comment(s):

Blogger Marg said...

Mr Darcy takes a wife by Linda Berdoll from P&P.

Also Sara Donati has a series which takes off from the movie of The Last of the Mohicans, starting with Into the Wilderness.

12/09/2005 05:56:00 PM  

Blogger Serendipity said...

**Also Sara Donati has a series which takes off from the movie of The Last of the Mohicans,

I have Into the Wilderness, and I wondered if that's where the movie comes from. Is it any good? I haven't touch it, but I am hoarding it.

12/10/2005 07:57:00 PM  

Blogger Serendipity said...

Harlot, where the fuck do you find the time to go into these re-make dates? I thought you're supposed to be worry about thesis, graduation, BF, and my portraits?

I enjoy your posts though...:P

12/10/2005 07:58:00 PM