Posted on October 23, 2023 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

NPR profiled two books that put new spins on existing, beloved works.

One simply presents the story in a new format: Watership Down by Richard Adams has become a graphic novel.

Adams's daughters came up with the idea to convert their father's work and selected James Sturm, the co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont, and bestselling illustrator Joe Sutphin to bring their vision to life.

The other new spin on a classic was also endorsed by the original author's heirs: Sandra Newman was chosen by the George Orwell estate to retell 1984 from the perspective of the main character's girlfriend.

You can hear Newman read from Julia in her conversation about the writing process for it and what 1984 means today.

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