I’ve seen this tag around a lot, but Steph just did it and I am a follower so here we go.
- Randomly choose 3 books
- For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (like Marry, Boff, Kill).
- Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six) (or however many you want to do).
REREAD: Order of the Phoenix, obviously! It’s my favorite Harry Potter book.
REWRITE: God I would kill for the chance to rewrite Mockingjay….. like so many fans of the Hunger Games, I thought it was a pretty anticlimactic end to the series, the two main character deaths I felt were thrown in completely for shock value, the epilogue was a total disaster….. BUT If We Were Villains did nothing to warrant me burning it, so I’m going to have to rewrite it. Not that there’s a whole lot I’d want to rewrite…. but I did have a couple of rather minor complaints. It would be more tweaking than rewriting.
BURN: Mockingjay, for all the aforementioned reasons.
REREAD: Ugh….. the easiest answer would be To Kill a Mockingbird, but, I’m not going to make this easy on myself. Autobiography of Red. The way Anne Carson writes is so stunning it would be a crime to touch it.
REWRITE: I’m sure that’s how a lot of people feel about To Kill a Mockingbird, but I’m rather conflicted about this book. I think it’s such an important seminal twentieth century work… but it can be difficult to grapple with the white saviorism from a contemporary perspective. I think a modern retelling (from the perspective of Tom Robinson, maybe?) could do wonders to shift the focus back onto the anti-racism theme which is obviously what Harper Lee intended. As a white person I am obviously not qualified to write that retelling, at all, but this is a meme and not a binding contract, so sure, rewrite To Kill a Mockingbird. (Sorry, I probably just offended like 30 people. I do really like this book!!! It’s just… it’s tricky.)
BURN: The Silent Wife ended up being very bland and underwhelming. Though it’s sad that the author passed away, so I’d feel bad burning it.
REREAD: I absolutely loved Angela’s Ashes, so this is a pretty easy decision, especially since I haven’t read it since I was about 16.
REWRITE: I bet you thought I was going to burn it, but no, I’d love to rewrite Gone Without a Trace. The premise is brilliant – it’s the execution and horrible twists that made me hate it so much.
BURN: Se una notte d’inverno un viaggiatore – il postmodernismo può essere troppo pretenzioso anche per me.
OH MY GOD SOPHIE’S CHOICE I HATE THIS……….
REREAD: Bird Box – it was the kind of book that I wanted to read again immediately after I finished it. And, I’ve already reread Station Eleven once, and I’m not a big re-reader to begin with, so I doubt I’ll read it again…
REWRITE: Shanghai Girls. This is one of my favorite historical fiction novels, but there are parts I can think of that I’d want to edit.
BURN: I feel horrible about this, but, my rationale is that Station Eleven is such a masterpiece that rewriting it would almost be more criminal than burning it?!
REREAD: The Lieutenant of Inishmore is one of Martin McDonagh’s most absurd comedies, and I am so fond of it. I want to be able to reread it when I need a pick me up.
REWRITE: I can’t resist…….. though it’s the one that I liked least of these three, House of Names – a Greek mythology retelling focused on Clytemnestra and Orestes – is basically the book I want to write. I didn’t understand half the choices Toibin made with this book and I’d love the chance to tell the story my own way.
BURN: This is causing me a lot of pain, but, The Awakening, we are left with no choice 😦
REREAD: East of Eden. This book is perfect.
REWRITE: This is so frustrating because while I liked the other two books on this list there’s so much I’d like to change about each of them. I have to go with Alcestis – the first half of this book was incredible, but once she reaches the underworld, the relationship between Alcestis and Persephone wasn’t everything I had hoped for and more. There are a lot of elements of that I’d want to change.
BURN: I did love this book, but, bye, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
Not tagging anyone, but if you do it pingback to me so I can see your choices! I love these posts.