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message 1: by Lindy (new)

Lindy At my YA book club last night, we discussed a retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth: A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond. There's a one-page summary of the original myth presented as a preface to the book and some people thought that spoiled the plot. They would have preferred to see the myth included at the end. I wonder, do readers who feel strongly about spoilers avoid retellings in general?

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Linda | 2752 comments Mod
I don't know that I have ever had a book "spoiled" for me. Movies, yes. Book, I can't think of one instance.

That said, usually if I would read a retelling I would know something about the original story to begin with. An example would be The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, but in that case I decided, while reading it, that it was based on one of Shakespeare's plays.

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