5. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
A modern take on the classic Cinderella tale we all know and love - this story follows the story from the perspective of those busted stepsisters. Turns out, the sisters aren’t a couple of heartless shrews, and Cinderella isn’t the helpless victim everyone thinks she is.
7. The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
Y’all remember Penelope? No? She was Odysseus’ wife. Her name has become synonymous with “faithful,” because she fought off something like 108 suitors when Odysseus took a quick 20-year jaunt to fight in the Trojan War. And now, finally, we get to hear her perspective.
9. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are two minor characters in Shakespeare’s classic play, Hamlet. But in this re-imagining, they are the main players. Hamlet plays a very small role in this play, and to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, his actions are completely nonsensical. Which, when you think about it, is a hilarious concept.