The Whys and What Ifs of Adaptations

It’s no secret that I love fairy tales, both in their “original” form and adaptations. Whether it’s a modern adaptation that takes place in a big city like Los Angeles, or a more traditional retelling, I love reading – and writing – them all.  One of the main reasons is that it’s both fun and challenging to really delve into a story and ask two super important and magical questions: Why? and What if?

Why?

The great thing about so many of the earliest versions of these tales is that there is hardly ever a character motivation stated for anything.  Every now and again a villain hates a heroine because of their great beauty, but usually the reader is just left wondering why in the heck someone did what they did.  That is, if the reader takes the time to wonder…we accept most of these stories at face value because we’ve heard them so often. Continue reading

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The Adaptable Jane Austen

Zombies, cowboys, weight-loss obsessed British singles – no, it’s not the latest mash-up movie from Hollywood – it’s all Jane Austen.  Well, Austen adaptations at least, and Jane has been adapted like no other author.  Some I love the concept of (Clueless, Bridget Jones, Bride and Prejudice), and other concepts I just can’t get on board with (anything having to do with zombies or sea monsters).  However, whether you love them or hate them, adaptations are here to stay.

It’s fun for authors to take Austen places she hasn’t been yet – there have been retellings of Austen’s stories featuring everything from civil war soldiers to vampires.  Telling her beloved stories from different perspectives,  or extending them in sequels and even prequels are also popular choices.

AttemptingElizabethCoverI have to confess that I am one of the many to write an Austen adaptation.  It started on a whim as a last minute short-story contest entry two years ago, and is now a full-fledged novel that I self-published in January.  And because I can never do anything halfway I co-created www.indiejane.org a website and community for independent Austen authors and readers of small press and self-published Austen-inspired fiction. Continue reading