Saturday, May 25, 2013

Classics Retold: King Arthur Intro

Classics Retold is a fun event that was born from Project: Fairy Tale , which was originally hosted by Alison @ The Cheap Reader. This project will essentially work the same except we will be taking a classic novel or tale, instead of a fairy tale, and blogging about its adaptations. It works great for those of you who have wanted to read a classic, but haven’t had the time or for those of you who missed out during Project Fairy Tale.

The What:
For a classic to be usable for this project, it should have at least 2 adaptations, spin-offs, sequels, or retellings.
  1. Choose a classic  that you want to read.
  2. Sign up via the Google doc below and I will place your name and link back to your blog on a sign-up page. Additionally, I will give you a list of possible adaptations that I have found – you will not be limited to this list, of course, it is only meant to be helpful.
  3. Write a “sign-up” post on your own blog before May 25 just telling the blogosphere which “classic” you are choosing and any other info you want to include (for example, here is my sign up post for Project: Fairy Tale) I know that it is MONTHS away so no pressure, just let me know as soon as you do!
  4. Read your classic, and then read or watch as many retellings, spin-offs, sequels or adaptations of the classic as you can.
  5. Post reviews or your thoughts on your blog for each one during September.
  • To participate in this project, you only sign up for one classic and its adaptations.
  • 1-4 bloggers can work on a “main” text. You can work independently or work together, and you’re allowed to all read/watch the same things or split the work up
  • Optional: If you’d like to work on another classic or adaptation in addition to your main choice, find the bloggers “in charge” of that text and ask to do a guest review/post.
  • I will be hosting a giveaway on my blog for those of you participating in the Ancient – Renaissance Literature Classics Retold section. The details aren’t final yet but just know that each review (etc.) that you post will be  one entry! More details will follow as we get closer to the end of sign-ups!
Have fun with this! In lieu of classic reviews, write a character analysis, talk about the culture of the book, or use it in a meme! Get creative! As long as it links back to your classic in some way, it works toward the project!
The When:
  • Sign-ups will run from April 11 – May 25
  • September 2013 will be our month to post!
The Who:
Since this project is so HUGE, we have split up the co-hosting duties! It’s all one big project so you only sign up once for one main text (not once on each blog).

What I Have Planned:

For this event I am going to be doing King Arthur with a special focus on Merlin. There is a lot of overlap so most of the books/movies I will be using will have King Arthur. However, I have seen that there are some books written about Merlins over years so I'm going to try to look into those as well. I haven't decided everything that I will be reading or watching for this event but here's what I have so far!

The Classics:

This book has a lot of Kings of Great Britain so I may just read the parts that focus on Merlin and King Arthur. 

Goodreads Description:

Written in the 12th century this book depicts the author's selected memory of the history of Britain before recorded history. It may not be exactly accurate but it is interesting to read. The information listed mostly laid the ground work for all the legends and fables of King Arthur whether or not what he wrote actually happened at least there was someone who documented these beliefs.

This will be my primary "Classics" text because it is the most recognized as the original King Arthur story.

Goodreads Description:

In a time when there were damsels in distress to save, and mythical dragons to slay, King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table were there to render justice in the face of any danger. From the incredible wizardry of Merlin to the undeniable passion of Sir Launcelot, these tales of Arthur and his knights offer epic adventures with the supernatural, as well as timeless battles with our humanity.

Keith Baine's splendid rendition of Le Morte d'Arthur faithfully preserves the original flavor of Malory's masterpiece - that of banners and bloodshed, knights and ladies, Christians and sorcerers, sentiment and savagery. It remains a vivid medieval tapestry, woven about a central figure who symbolizes the birth of an age of chivalry.

"Le Morte d'Arthur remains an enchanted sea for the reader to swim about in, delighting at the random beauties of fifteenth-century prose." --ROBERT GRAVES

The Retellings:

My Boyfriend Merlin by Priya Ardis

Avalon High by Meg Cabot

The Book of Merlin by T.H. White

I plan to watch The Sword and the Stone, Avalon High, King Arthur and some of the T.V. series Merlin!

There's still a little time to sign up so if you're interested be sure to do so now!!!

Oh, and any other suggestions on what I should read/watch??


  1. Ooh, I'm doing this too! I'm doing Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South. :) I'm super excited for it, though I've not started looking at adaptations or written my intro post...

    King Arthur is such fun! There's so much you could do. I've not read it, but I know there's Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, which might be a fun spin. AND you should definitely watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail (and listen to its musical adaptation, Spamalot! So funny.) :)

    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

  2. Oh fun! I love all the King Arthur tales! I can't think of anything that you haven't already listed, but if I come across anything I'll totally let you know!


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