Should some classics be re-written?

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Re: Should some classics be re-written?

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I don't think that the classics should be re-written exactly, but there are some stories that are so good they can survive being reworked. Personally I love a good old classic fairy tale with a unique twist thrown in. I also think it can be fun to re-write a story in another time or place. I think that's why we have stories like Pride and Prejudice with zombies.
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I wish 'Little Women' could be re-written. That it one of the greatest classics I have ever read and I would love to see the story from a modern perspective.
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Post by Rudybarrientos5180 »

I agree I dint think we should be re-writing old classics I mean yea there interesting in all but I dont know it’s just something about it doesn’t do the trick.
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Post by Abbyfitzgerald1 »

Classics re-written

Although some classic books will forever hold the book world upright, some changes could be made. As generations age and the future withholds an updated lifestyle, there’s only room for diversity. For kids, young-adults and everyday people there needs to be a common level of understanding for each and everyone while concerning popular books. This way, they can be recognized to their fullest beauty and remain iconic.
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I think retellings of classics do provide an interesting new point of view, as do retellings of fairytales or myths, but while re-writing classics without adding to them in any way and rather just phrasing it differently may help younger readers, they lose some degree of their beauty.
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nfdoughe wrote: 22 Nov 2019, 15:10 I don't think that the classics should be re-written exactly, but there are some stories that are so good they can survive being reworked. Personally I love a good old classic fairy tale with a unique twist thrown in. I also think it can be fun to re-write a story in another time or place. I think that's why we have stories like Pride and Prejudice with zombies.
I think the classics should still exist. But I do like ones with a twist or set in modern times. They are really insightful abouts what's changed
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Post by Leyla Ann »

Although I have struggled the first time I tried reading vintage classics like Jane Austen and Charles Dickens' books, I still think that classics shouldn't be rewritten, because having them rewritten is like having them translated and somehow that doesn't feel like reading the same book anymore.

Personally I'd rather read the original version until I get used to their writing style as it feels like I'm not only reading the book but also taking a peek at the writer's personality.
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Different from movies, a book hardly need to be re-written. Why? Because in this case is the mind of the reader that should change, see new things, understand with more deept, as he grow and mature.
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I read a couple different translations of Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky while in college. One was an older translation, the other fairly new. I also read at least two different translations of The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky. In the first translation of the latter novel, I was not very impressed with the section referred to as "The Grand Inquisitor" but when I read another translation, I liked it quite a bit more. In these cases, I would say "yes". And, if you think about it, rewriting a novel in a language that was already written in that language is sort of like a translation or an adaptation. I hate to answer "yes" because I think of writing as art - if I wouldn't change or update a Rembrandt or the Sistine Chapel, why would I feel that I have a right to change a piece of written artwork? Having the original and the rewritten text in the same book might be interesting, however
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As a teacher, I can see the value of having classics be put into a format that is easier for the students of today to consume. Many of my students have enjoyed the graphic novel versions of classic books like "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Romeo and Juliet." I also have used adapted copies of "Frankenstein" and "War of the Worlds" with English Language Learners. My students have loved them and due to that, might be inspired to read the original in the future.

My own experience reading the original text of "Don Quixote" was... less than thrilling. When I say original, I mean ORIGINAL. Even the native speakers were having difficulties in reading it. I still managed it though... barely! I often had to look things up in the Spanish spark notes, full English translation or (if time was really short), the English spark notes. I would not recommend the original unless you REALLY love Spanish.
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Post by chaysecooper20 »

That is an excellent question! My first instinct is no because then it wouldn't really be the same book, but that might be the literature snob within me talking. On further reflection, rewriting classics in simpler language might not be such a bad idea (for some people) and it actually happens all the time. However, these simpler versions are often targeted toward children with the intent to introduce them to the story without the hindrance of old fashioned language. I think there would be a market for the same type of book but also targeted at adults. I know people who are interested in the stories but are intimidated by the language and so never read them. But even if classics are rewritten and targeted toward adults too, the original should still always be the default in my opinion. Classics are works of art and to completely replace them with a simpler version would be like repainting the Mona Lisa or The Starry Night with half as many colors.
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