As you probably know, I am fascinated by intertextuality and the transformation of genres, particularly the way that recent YA fiction has taken classic narratives and reimagined them as contemporary paranormal romance or other YA genres. The chart here is an inspiring achievement (though it needs to be viewed on a large screen); the visual representation of 162 YA adaptations of myth, fairy tales, and other narratives, showing the intertextual pathways between works and genres.
The web page also has some chatty, but quite useful, information about the adaptation of classic tales, with lists of YA novels for each source narrative. And, unusually, the comments are worth reading; they provide genuine debate and some suggested additions to the list. It’s not confined to fairy tale: there are retellings of Shakespeare, Peter Pan, the Alice stories, Jane Austen, the Brontes, and world mythology. It’s an extensive list that inspires my curiosity and uncontrollably acquisitive bibliophilia.
My friend Sarah Bartlett and I initiated our own research into graphical representations of intertextuality, employing the new technology of Linked Data and using Jane Eyre as an example of what could be done. You can read about it here; it’s not overly technical and is just an introductory exploration of the possibilities.