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 them the major character. The revised stories may have the same setting and time frame and even the same characters.
Goodreads.com maintains a list of its readers' ratings of the most popular parallel novels, which in 2018 ranks as its top five: Captive, Wide Sargasso Sea, Rosencrantz and Guidlenstern are Dead, Telemachus and Homer, and Descent.
Creating parallel novels can have significant legal implications when a pioneering author's copyright has not expired and a follow-on author attempts to re-imagine a pioneering author's characters.
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