Issues in Modernizing Classics: Is It Just Fan Fiction

I think the final, and most difficult, issue when modernizing a classic is the risk of it being nothing more than fan fiction.  It’s not that fan fiction is bad in any way, but that fan fiction is a beast unto itself.  There is more variety in fan fiction than in any other writing outRead more

Northanger Abbey Read-a-Long: Final Wrap Up

The month of October ends today as does the Northanger Abbey Read-a-Long.  It has been an interesting month and thank you to Maureen who stuck through the month and read with me (even when she got behind). Reading the book slowly was an interesting experience.  It was like being back in high school, but withRead more

Weekly Reading: Northanger Abbey(s)

In the world of Austen Modernizations there are successes and there are failures and there are things in between.  As a couple of us read Northanger Abbey together and as I prepare to tackle co-writing my own modernization of the story, I looked to see what else was out there.  Two things came to myRead more

Issues in Modernizing Classics: The Setting

When I talk about setting, in terms of old novels, I am not just talking about the place, but also the time.  Austen variations are fascinating, but the key is most of them merely extend the narrative of the original.  They focus on what happened before, what happened after, another point of view, or justRead more

Issues in Modernizing Old Novels: Character Development

There are a variety of problems and concerns I have as author and reader of modernizations.  One of those issues is character development.  I often ask myself the question: can said character exist in the 21st century?  There are plenty of follow up questions: What is it about said character that doesn’t/does work? What would beRead more

Issues in Modernizing Classics: Should I?

Clearly the world is, for good or bad, in some type of reboot mania.  At least, Hollywood executives are.  While movie reboots seem to focus on changing the sex of characters or utilizing new technology to tell the same story, I have noticed something connected going on in fiction books.  I have ranted (typically) aboutRead more

Recollection Wednesday: Sense & Sensibility (not the original)

There are some Austen books that are perfect for modernization.  There are some that are not every suppose to be updated at all. The key is in plot motivation and social construct.  The ones that work best are the ones that are still issues today: the pressure on women to get married, the pressure onRead more

Weekly Meeting: Eligible

Welcome to a series of Pre-Publication meetings.  In these I read books that are about to be released and help you decide if you want to read it. This week I had the chance to pre-read Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice. What You Should Know: This is a modern version of Pride andRead more