This week, I was reading Lisa’s review of These Violent Delights (coming out in November), a Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai. (She gave it an exuberant DIK.) The book sounds superb and it got me thinking about literary adaptations which… I love.

I recently read and so enjoyed Naomi Novik’s Rumplestiltskin-inspired Spinning Silver. I reread Nancy Werlin’s Impossible, a wonderful YA novel inspired by the classic folk ballad Scarborough Fair, as well as Edith Patou’s East, a mesmerizing remaking of Beauty and the Beast. (I have a soft spot for Beauty and the Beast retellings.) I’m looking forward to rereading Shannon Hale’s The Goose Girl–the whole series of the Books of Bayern was a recent Steal and Deal!

Whether it’s Austen inspired, based on a fairy tale, or reimagining Romeo and Juliet, AAR has loved (and loathed) many an adapted romance. How about you? What are your favorite adaptations in romance?

Dabney Grinnan
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