Tell me Something Tuesday with Elena: Retellings…Do you enjoy them or not?

Tell Me Something Tuesday

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings.

This week’s topic:

Retellings…Do you enjoy them or not?

Yes, I do enjoy retellings, because I love reading the story from another character’s POV, especially when we are given the chance to be inside the male character’s head. I particularly love those retellings that add something new to the original stories, like new scenes and new dialogues.

One of my favorite retellings is Breakable by Tammara Webber. This is unique in its genre, because it’s not just a retelling of Easy from Lucas’s POV. It’s so much more. We get to see how Lucas lived his getting to know Jacqueline and falling in love with her, but we also get to see his childhood, his teenage years, his past… And this is the type of retelling I love the most. Another favorite retelling is Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover. I read it several times, and I always get something new out of it. Losing Hope answered several questions I had in Hopeless, and this is one of the reasons why I love it so much.

These days I’m reading the ARC of Thoughtful that I got from NetGalley. This is another example of beautiful retellings. It can be described as Thoughtless from Kellan’s POV, but like Breakable and Losing Hope, there’s so much more to it than that. I can’t say more about it yet, but I’ll do so soon in my review.

To me retellings can be amazing books, and they become even more so when they enrich the original story.

What about you? Do you enjoy retellings? If so, what are your favorite ones?


About Elena

Literature is my passion. I love reading so much that I spend countless hours in bookstores and libraries. I have a soft spot for poetry and art. I like traveling and discovering new places. I can't do without a book.

14 thoughts on “Tell me Something Tuesday with Elena: Retellings…Do you enjoy them or not?

  1. At first I thought you were talking about Fairytale retellings. I love those. I am not fan of reading the same story from another character’s POV though. There were some expections I enjoyed, but most of time I was left disappointed and bored.


  2. KYbookworm says:

    For the most part retellings are frustrating. If I really connect with the characters in a series, I feel like I’m losing friends, when the series is done. I want to know where they go next. I’ve already experienced their dark times, and happy times, I don’t want to go backward. That being said, I have to agree with you about the retellings you listed. I did like reading breakable. It helped fill in the gaps of Lucas’ story. I guess it depends on whether or not it answers questions, or continues the storyline. I guess my favorite “retelling” is Tarryn Fisher’s OPPURTUNIST, THIEF AND DIRTY RED. These three books each tell the same story from three different POVs, but each one continues the storyline.


  3. lawpatz1 says:

    I love retellings. Some of my faves are: Breakable, This Girl, I thought was amazing. Losing Hope, Remy, and Captivated by You, though it wasn’t all of Gideon’s POV, I did like that every other chapter was his POV, and I finally got to see and understand why he’s the way he is, and I can’t wait for Thoughtful. Squeee to get into Kellan’s mind is going to be amazing! There is a lot more, but it would take me forever to name them all.


  4. lawpatz1 says:

    Ooops Captivated by You is not a retelling, I confused POV’s with retellings. Sorry.


  5. shay (@slim_shaydy_) says:

    I like retellings to a certain extent. It has to be well written. If its not I find myself doing a lot of skimming through certain parts that I remember so well from the original book.
    I’ve a feeling that Thoughtful will be EPIC! I’m really looking forward to reading it.


    • Elena says:

      I agree with what you said. They must be well written in order to enjoy them. I can’t wait for you guys to read Thoughtful 🙂


  6. Eh, some but not all! –That is for sure. My last review was on an erotic retelling of Beauty & The Beast, and I gave it 2 stars because it was so ridiculous.


  7. Tamie says:

    All my faves too!!! ❤


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