The parallel novel is a piece of literature written within, derived from, or taking place during, the framework of another work of fiction by the same or another author. Parallel novels or “reimagined classics” are works of fiction that “borrow a character and fill in his story, mirror an ‘old’ plot, or blend the characters of one book with those of another.” These stories further the works of already well known novels by focusing on a minor character and making him or her the major character. The revised stories may have the same setting and time frame and even the same characters. These parallel stories can also be transformed into a parody, taking a comical spin on the literary classics.
These well-known classic novels have engaged the minds of modern-day bestsellers, and they have now recreated the same story but in their own words.
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- Cellier-Smart, Catherine. "Parallel Novels". West Milford Township Library. Retrieved 24 March 2014.