Wednesday, May 25, 2011

There it is...Again...

I had a movie night with my kids last night. We watched Gnomeo and Juliet. It was sooo cute :D It got me thinking (as the little gnome states at the beginning) - it is a story that has been told...a lot. And there are a lot of stories that have been told...a lot.

Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Beauty and the Beast...

How do you feel about retakes on classic tales? Do you cringe away, thinking "Ugh, not another one!" or are you excited to see what new spin might appear? What does it take to perk your interest in a story that's been told a million times? And what are your favorite retellings?

10 comments:

One Woman's Thoughts said...

It is the basic story . . . falling in love and you're not supposed to be together and then defying all odds because it was meant to be.
I enjoy the story no matter if it's a variation of the same thing again. Love always makes me happy.

And yes, I thought it was a cute movie too.

Angela Felsted said...

I'm not a big fan of gnomes. But usually, I can get into retellings, unless I've recently read or seen a retelling of the same tale. Then I need a bit more time to pick it up.

Stephanie McGee said...

I often don't realize it's a re-telling. Though I did quite enjoy Beastly. (I never saw the movie though.) And I knew going into it that was a re-telling. Josephine Angelini's Starcrossed is a re-telling though I very densely didn't realize that until I was into the book.

I can't think of others. I think that the classics are classics for a reason: the stories are universal and many people can relate to them over many years. That's why it's so popular to give them a different spin, but all we're doing is taking that them that is universal and putting it into a new setting.

Joey Malone said...

I love re-tellings. My favorite is "Hoodwinked". I loved the setting and plot and everything that went into that story. I can't wait to see the second one. And I guess it doesn't have to be too clever for me to like.

Mark Noce said...

I used to dislike remakes, mostly because they rarely turn out well. But some can be pretty good. So I keep my horizons a little wider now:)

Elizabeth McKenzie said...

The Christmas Story remakes. I especially like the last one.

Elana Johnson said...

I'm definitely a fan of retellings. I like to see what imagination has been applied to them.

Caledonia Lass said...

Eh, I can do without re-tellings. I do like some of them. But when the last King Arthur movie came out, it took me a very long time to watch it. I ended up liking it better than the others. But how many times can a story be told?
I saw the latest re-telling of Robin Hood and liked that as well because it broke away from the norm. If you are going to do a repeat, give it a cool twist, that's all I'm saying. :D

Laura Pauling said...

A retelling has to be very different and have a great voice for me to want to read it. And hopefully a different ending. I don't cringe but it has to be really good. I don't think I've read any in the past couple years though if that says anything.

Elaine AM Smith said...

I loved Gnomeo.
Beauty and the Beast is my absolute favourite story and still I can't wait to see Beastly ;)