You know when you’ve had a brilliant idea and think you’re really clever, only to find out that others have had it as well? It seems to happen quite often in Hollywood with ” twin movies” such as Friends with Benefits and No Strings Attached or Antz and A Bug’s Life. Well, it happened to me recently.
While browsing at Smashwords.com, I came across a couple of other authors who’ve done the same thing as me, retro-engineered a classic novel so that the gender roles are reversed. I was interested to note that Artemis Conyn Doyle called her novel — a gender switch adventure and L.E. Smart called his, a regendered novel. Having found two more authors who’ve done it, am I now entitled to call it a sub genre? (You may remember, I’ve mentioned That Girl, Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Story, James Ramos, in a previous post).
Artemis has only one book on Smashwords – The Hound of the Baskervilles Retrained. L.E. Smart has several including; Treasure Island Regendered, The War of the Worlds Regendered, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (also regendered although not included in the title).
I found I didn’t like either of the solutions they found for the name of a feminine Holmes; Sherlock (L.E. Smart) I didn’t like because the names of all the other characters had been changed and it seems wrong to me not to change that name as well, and Shyrlock (Artemis) because I just thought it was a horrible name.
L.E. Smart has also written Persuasion Regendered. I think professional curiosity will force me to buy the novel just to see how his handling of Persuasion differs from my handling of Pride and Prejudice in Pride and Prejudice: The Other Way Round.
The question is — if it is a new sub genre, what to call it? Classics Regendered or Gender Switch Classics? I can’t make up my mind as to which one I prefer.