Have you ever wondered how the Wicked Witch of the West became so wicked? Or wanted to read Jane Eyre from Bertha’s point of view? A good origin story turns the tables on what you’ve imagined or think you know. These reimaginings shed new light on familiar characters and leave you with a whole new perspective on some of the best known tales of modern times.
The evil grandmother from Flowers in the Attic has an origin, revealed in this 1986 title, published after the Dollanganger family saga was completed. Thin, spinsterish Olivia came to Virginia as Malcolm Foxworth's bride. But instead of a joyful life, she finds a stain of jealous obsession and an evil that will threaten her children.
Jean Rhys's reputation was made upon the publication of this novel, in which she focuses on one of fiction's most mysterious characters: the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. Rhys portrays a society so driven by hatred, so skewed in its sexual relations, that it can literally drive a woman out of her mind.
As if The Silence of the Lambs wasn’t enough to mess you up. Contained in these pages is the early history of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, modern literature’s most psychotic psychiatrist. Hopefully, you’ll stop screaming before the lambs do.
Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. Told from the perspective of Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily reveals her history with Peter, what happened when Wendy Darling arrived in Neverland, and how far Tiger Lily is willing to go to keep Peter with her.
Inspired by a brief passage in Moby-Dick and informed by the spirit of the greatest American novel from its famous opening line—“Captain Ahab was neither my first husband nor my last”—this book lets you know that you are in the hands of a master storyteller. Sure, Captain Ahab is a fictional character, but this novel is so rich and enthralling, we just had to bend the rules for it.