Authors repurposing age-old stories to suit much more modern tastes isn’t anything new.
For instance, Alex Flinn has made quite a career out of retellings such as “Beastly”, “A Kiss in Time”, and “Cloaked”. Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson stories have not only reintroduced Greek myths to young kids, but has also given the author several weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List and a movie franchise to boot.
The latest author to join the fray is debut novelist Marissa Meyer, who burst into the scene with “Cinder”. This modern science-fiction retelling of fairy tale favorite, “Cinderella”, landed Meyer a spot on the New York Times Bestseller List on the day of its release.
To be honest, the only reason I even thought of picking up this book was because of the trailer. I’m the easiest person to market stuff to: just mention that there’s going to be some shirtless boys with accents in your product and I will be good to go.
However, making life decisions based on the availability of attractive guys hasn’t always worked out very well for me in the past. It was precisely because of “Hot-Guys-On-Book-Covers” that I ended up reading such delightful reading material like Becca Fitzpatrick’s “Hush, Hush” and Holly Black’s “White Cat“.
Would “Red Riding Hood” be a similar disappointment?