What New Year resolutions have you written down for yourself? As far as the Hollywood cinema is concerned, we’ve been noticing a lot of mention of LGBTQ-friendly topics. It’s about time, too; queer folk and culture will no longer be deemed queer in modern society.
It’s heartening to see these developments in the film industry. There’s no stone left unturned when it comes to making eye-opening films.
This is making us wonder if classic stories should also be repackaged in a queer voice to appeal to make them more inclusive. Queer retellings of classic tales have certainly revolutionized the old archives and presented us with a new lens to view it with.
It treads upon the very significant notion that classic narratives aren’t an asset that belongs ONLY to heterosexual, white folks. It’s about appreciating different colors, languages and identities and accepting all for who they are.
Here’s why these queer adaptations of classic stories can be a big hit in 2020.
The Seven-Plot Dilemma
While Christopher Booker contends that the total exhaustive list of plots used in classics was seven, these tropes and tales and been retold over and over and won praise each time. This shows that filtering classic content through contemporary sensibilities is, after all, not a bad idea.
From Wide Sargasso Sea, to West Side Story and even Clueless, most of these retellings have been loved and commended in their own time. This is not to say that this idea can never default because we have examples like Pride and Prejudice. (But it’s the imperfections that make it perfect, right?)
While the originals must be revered in their own right, retellings allow us to review the position of those who weren’t cast in the original. This is where we make space for a queer narrative.