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June 15th, 2009

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Wishing for a re-write?

Monday, June 15th, 2009

the giver
I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book and wished the author would re-write it until I read Lois Lowry’s The Giver. Don’t get me wrong – it’s not because it was poorly written, or because I think she made a mistake in the plot (how cheeky!). I just wish there had been more of it. More of it ALL. More depth, more description, more story, more intensity. There was all of this already; if there weren’t, it wouldn’t have received a five-star rating from me. I just found myself at the end of the book thinking, “This would make an amazing premise for a big fat fantasy novel.”

Illustrated Classics are derived from full-length “adult” novels; what about the reverse? Have you ever read a children’s or YA novel that you wish could be “adultified?”