Listless Monday, Retellings and Such Like

Listless Monday was inspired by both Amanda at A Bookshelf Monstrosity's feature Books by Theme and Court at Once Upon a Bookshelf's Listed feature.  Be sure to check out their lists!

I know you might be getting sick of hearing about it, but I created a list of books that will fit into the challenge I'm hosting, Classic Double Challenge, and I finally got the list set up with links!  So, here is a collection of retellings, sequels, prequels, tie-ins, and other generally "inspired by" books (with the originals, as best I could tell).  This list is anything but comprehensive, since the more popular works (notably Jane Austen and Shakespeare) have so many spin offs and such that I couldn't list them all if a wanted.  Thus, a sprinkling of them, plucked from my random knowledge (and with many thanks to those with suggestions, notably Melissa of Life: Merging).  Feel free to offer suggestions of some of your favorites!

Associated with a specific book/play/work

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
You Don't Know About Me by Brian Meehl

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
What Happened to Anna K. by Irina Reyn

Beowulf by Anonymous
Beowulf by Gareth Hinds (graphic novel!)

Carmen by Prosper Mérimée
Carmen by Walter Dean Myers
The Fortune of Carmen Navarro by Jen Bryant
When the Stars Go Blue by Caridad Ferrer

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Marly's Ghost by David Levithan and Brian Selznick

Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
At Face Value by Emily Franklin
Flawless by Lara Chapman

Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
The Last Summer Of The Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
Dracula by Bram Stoker
iDrakula by Bekka Black
Bloodline by Kate Cary
Dracula in Love by Karen Essex

Emma by Jane Austen
The Espressologist by Kristina Springer

The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous
Gil Marsh by A.C.E. Bauer

Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri
On the Devil's Court by Carl Deuker

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Mister Creecher by Chris Priestley
This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jake, Reinvented by Gordon Korman

Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray
Ophelia by Lisa Klein
Dating Hamlet by Lisa Fiedler
The Dead Father's Club by Matt Haig
Hamlet by John Marsden
Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde (and The Merry Wives of Windsor)
Something Rotten by Alan Gratz
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev (and various other Shakespeare plays)

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Howards End by E.M. ForsterOn Beauty by Zadie Smith

The Iliad by Homer
Troy High by Shana Norris
Troy by Adele Geras
Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Jane by April Lindner
A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont
The Eyre Affaire by Jasper Fforde

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

King Lear by William Shakespeare
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logstedt
The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly
The Lost summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees
March by Geraldine Brooks
The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick

Lysistrata by Aristophanes
Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Enter Three Witches by Caroline B. Cooney
Lady Macbeth's Daughter by Lisa Klein

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Shylock's Daughter by Mijam Pressler

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
The Loser's Guide to Life and Love by A.E. Cannon

Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Moby Clique by Cara Lockwood

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance by Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin
Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Gehrman

The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

The Odyssey by Homer
The Odyssey by Garth Hinds
Ithaka by Adele Geras
King of Ithaka by Tracey Barrett
Ulysses by James Joyce

Othello by William Shakespeare
Othello by Julius Lester

Paradise Lost by John Milton
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

Persuasion by Jane Austen
Captain Wentworth's Diary by Amanda Grange
Captain Wentworth's Persuasion by Regina Jeffers
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
The Child Thief by Brom
Another Pan by Daniel and Dina Nayeri
Peter and the Starcatchers series by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik
Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith
Pies and Prejudice by Heather Vogel Frederick
Bridget Jones' Diary by Helen Fielding
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard
+a million other sequels and spin-offs

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
New Girl by Paige Harbison

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
West Side Story by Irving Shulman
Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors
Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
Romiette and Julio by Sharon Draper
Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Romeo’s Ex: Rosaline’s Story by Lisa Fiedler

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
The Scarlet Letterman by Cara Lockwood

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Humming Room by Ellen Potter

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Sass and Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler
Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland
The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love by Rosie Rushton
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters

A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Another Jekyll, Another Hyde by Daniel and Dina Nayeri
The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll & Mademoiselle Odile by James Reese

The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Ariel by Grace Tiffany

Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
The Map of Time by Felix Palma

Tristan and Isolt by Gottfried von Strassburg (or various other authors)
Tris and Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Tighter by Adele Griffin

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Illyria by Elizabeth Hand

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Wicked by Gregory Maguire

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Catherine by April Lindner
Wuthering High by Cara Lockwood
The House of Dead Maids by Clare Dunkle

Significantly less easy to define and to find an "original" work are myths and legends, but there are so many different iterations I'm sure you could find at least two versions.


Robin Hood
Scarlet by A.C. Gaughan
Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig (maybe?)
+a billion more

Arthurian Legends
Le Morte D'Arthur by Sir Thomas Mallory
The Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandel
Avalon High by Meg Cabot
The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper
+a billion more!

Cupid and Psyche
Cupid: A Tale of Love and Desire by Julius Lester
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

Abandon by Meg Cabot
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman
Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Lost in the Labyrinth by Patrice Kindl
Dark of the Moon by Tracy Barrett

General Mythology
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (Greek)
Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan (Greek/Roman)
The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan (Egyptian)

(If you're interested in fairy tale retellings, which are their own giant list, I've compiled quite a few at this Listless Monday list).

I know there are probably hundreds more to add - any suggestions?

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