Parallel novel

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A 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.[1] 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".[2] These stories further the works of already well-known novels by focusing on a minor character and making them the major character. The revised stories may have the same setting and time frame and even the same characters.[2] maintains a list of its readers' ratings of the most popular parallel novels,[3] which in 2018 ranks as its top five: Captive,[4] Wide Sargasso Sea,[5] Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,[6] Telemachus and Homer,[7] and Descent.[8]

Creating parallel novels can have significant legal implications when the copyright of the original author's work has not expired and a later author makes a parallel novel derived from the original author's work.[9]

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  1. ^ Patrick, Bethanne (November 25, 2007). "'Neither prequel, nor sequel, it's parallel novel'". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 29 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Cellier-Smart, Catherine. "Parallel Novels". West Milford Township Library. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
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  9. ^ Scott D. Locke, Parallel Novels and the Reimagining of Literary Notables by Follow-On Authors: Copyrights Issues When Characters Are First Created by Others, 17 Chi. -Kent J. Intell. Prop. 271 (2018). Template:Https://