Classics Retold is a project hosted by me, Alyssa @ Books Take You Places, Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy, Wendy @ Excellent Library, and Brittany @ Book Addict’s Guide.
Project: Fairy Tale was a huge hit with everyone so I decided to expand and tweak it a bit. For this project we are reading a classic book and then reading or watching retellings, spin-offs, or adaptations of it!
- September 2013 will be our month to post everything.
- How You Participate:
- You will choose a classic you’d like to read.
- You read your classic and read or watch as many retellings, spin-offs, sequels or adaptations of the classic as you can.
- You will post reviews or your thoughts on your blog for each one during September.
- 1-4 bloggers can work on a “main” text. You can work independently or work together. You’re allowed to all read/watch the same things or split the work up.
- To participate in this project, you only sign up for one classic (and its adaptions).
- Optional: If you’d like to work on another classic (or adaptation), find the bloggers “in charge” of that text and ask to do a guest review/post.
- Optional: Do other posts about your classic: character analysis, where else to find the characters, the book’s influence on culture, memes, etc. It can be literally anything involving your classic.
- Optional: Do a sign up post after I clear your classic. It will help spread the word about the project and you’re able to bounce your ideas off of your readers. They may even give you ideas of books/movies to use for your classic!
- For a classic to be useable for this project, it should have at least 2 adaptations, spin-offs, sequels, or retellings.
Obviously this project is going to get pretty big so we’ve split the co-hosting duties up.
It’s all one big project so you only sign up once for one book (NOT once on each blog).
- Alyssa @ Books Take You Places is in charge of Ancient to Renaissance Lit Classics. Sign up post
- Brittany @ Book Addict’s Guide is in charge of Mythology Classics. Sign up post
- Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy is in charge of 19th Century and Gothic Classics. Sign up post
- Alison @ The Cheap Reader is in charge of Children’s Classics.
- Wendy @ Excellent Library is in charge of American & Misc. Classics. Sign up post
Children’s Classics Sign Up
I’ve brainstormed some ideas for children’s classics for you. You’re not limited to these books though. Feel free to pitch an idea in the comments! (I’ll let you know if it’s acceptable or if it falls under another category)
SIGN UP IS NOW CLOSED.
If you’d still like to participate, contact any blogger participating and ask to do a guest post/review on their blog.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
- –Alex @ Alex In Wonderland
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll- Full!
- –Melissa @ Life and Times of a Messy Mommy
- –Cait @ The Hopeful Heroine
- –Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts
- –Casey @ Broken Bookworm
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Come back in September to read everyone’s reviews and posts!
48 thoughts on “Classics Retold + Children’s Classics Sign Up Post”
I’ll choose The Secret Garden. Excited to join this amazing project again. ^_^
OH my I’m torn between Peter Pan and Alices Adventures in Wonderland….Ok I’ll go with Alice!
So excited about this!!! (Sorry I never got around to you about hosting. School has been kicking my butt!) Can I do Alice in Wonderland? I’ve been itching to read some of the retellings!
Yay! I’m so glad you’re joining in. Alice is yours. 🙂
You seriously come up with the best event ideas! I debated participating in the Retell Me a Story challenge but decided it would be too time-consuming, so this is perfect! I’ll have to spend a bit of time thinking about the perfect classic to pick, but I definitely plan on participating! 🙂
Awww, thanks. I’m glad you’re joining us again! Make sure to check out the other sites to get an idea of all the classics available. There are lots of good ones!
Me too! Question: Can I think of my own classic if it fits in one of the four categories? Or do I need to stick with those already mentioned?
Yes feel free to think of a classic we haven’t mentioned! If it doesn’t fall neatly under the main categories, we’ll just have you sign up on Wendy’s site under Misc. classics.
I decided on The Aeneid. Signed up on The Book Addict’s Guide page. Yay so excited!
Ooh sounds interesting!
I would love to do the Wizard of Oz! I have never read it and I think this would be a great opportunity to do it!
Awesome! It’s all yours.
EEK! So excited! I am going to start planning out my posts now!! hahaha!
I’d love Anne of Green Gables
Do you have a name I could post with your sign up?
shoesforall @ shoesforallsays is what I would prefer
Gaah this is amazing! Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland if possible 😀
Just added you to the list, Leah!
Just stopping by to say what a great idea this was! I am all over this and cannot wait to start reading what people have to say.
Thanks! I’m glad you love the idea as much as we do.
Can I do Red Riding Hood?
Not for this project. Sorry! I did a project for fairy tales a few months ago.
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Just found this very neat collaborative book project! You choose one classic book (pick from Ancient to Renaissance Lit Classics,
Mythology Classics, 19th Century and Gothic Classics, Children’s Classics, or American & Misc. Classics), read that book and sequels and retellings, watch film or television adaptations, and post your thoughts on it all through September 2013. It looks really fun, there are still a lot of awesome books available, and I will be signing up – once I can decide on a book! Any suggestions?
Hi! After peeking around all the lists, I think I’d like to sign up to do Little Women. Mostly because there are a few film adaptations and I want to compare them to the book for our Book vs. Movie feature:)
Awesome! Little Women is yours now.
Thanks! Looking forward to this:)
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Hi, I literally just made a blog to do this because it looks like a lot of fun! Is it okay for me to do Peter Pan? 🙂 (My blog is called Alex in Wonderland, but it’s just because I like the play on names.)
Awww, that’s great. You’re all signed up for Peter Pan.
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I have to do the Jungle Book. I get to watch all the old episodes of tale spin plus I have been wanting to read that book. September okay I need to get reading and working on these posts.
Never Mind I have decided to sign up on one of the other blogs.
Oh okay. Have fun with your other book. 🙂
Hey you might to want to post this to http://novelchallenges.blogspot.com/. Great site where people can list reading challenges.
I forgot can we only sign up for one category or more than one?
You only sign up for one book.
If you want to do more work, talk to the bloggers reading the classic you’re interested in and see if you can do a guest post/review for them.
This came along at the perfect time for me; I’ve trying to make myself read a classic for months now! I’m going with Little Women, because I read the Great Illustrated Classics version when I was little and have wanted to read the full one ever since!
I think I’ve decided to change my mind on this. Maybe, I’ll still use it, but I need more time to think and find retellings to read/watch that seem interesting enough.
That’s fine! You have a lot of classics to choose from. Make sure to take a look at some of the books my co-hosts have suggested on their blogs as well. 🙂
It was so hard to make a decision! I’d like to do Alice in Wonderland if it’s not already full. 🙂
There are just so many great looking retellings for it!
You’ve been added to the list! Great to have you on board. 🙂
Ahoy there, matey! Okay. Maybe that was a “little” bit corny, but who doesn’t love pirates? I have a burning desire to participate in the Classics Retold Project (or maybe it’s just scurvy and rickets setting in) by examining Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island”. There’s a vast sea of choices in regard to spin-offs, retellings, versions, etc. and I’m hoping you’ll agree it would dovetail nicely into this event. Let me know what you think!
Hi Melinda! I’m so glad you want to join in. To sign up for Treasure Island, you need to hop on over to Bookish Whimsy (http://bookishwhimsy.blogspot.com/2013/04/classics-retold-sign-up-post-for-19th.html). We have it listed under 19th century classics for the purposes of this project. Sorry to make you run around. We’re trying to keep things organized around here. 🙂
I look forward to seeing what you do for the project!
I would love to do A Little Princess! That was my favorite books as a kid!
It’s yours, Ruth! Welcome aboard.
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