re·​tell·​ing | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈte-liŋ \

Definition of retelling

: a new version of a story a retelling of a Greek legend

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From a feminist retelling of classic mythology to a troubled love story set partly in a prison, here are our favorite novels of 2018 so far. Time Staff, Time, "Best Novels of 2018 So Far," 11 June 2018 My favorite of these as of late is Cocaine and Rhinestones, a historical retelling of the biggest stories in 20th-century country-and-western music. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "A few of our favorite podcasts in 2018, from new to new-to-us," 23 Dec. 2018 Of course, there are some smaller, more understated movies to get hyped about as well, like Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, a charming teen rom com starring Shannon Purser, and Lizzie, a new retelling of the infamous Lizzie Borden case. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "28 Movies Everyone Will Be Talking About This Fall," 5 Sep. 2018 Based on the 1955 animated classic, this modern retelling will once again chronicle the misadventures of Lady, a snooty Cocker Spaniel who falls in love with Tramp, a hardscrabble stray mutt from the other side of the tracks. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Tessa Thompson Will Reportedly Voice Lady in Disney's "Lady and the Tramp" Remake," 14 Aug. 2018 Anthony Hopkins stars in this alternate-world retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "New trailers: Suspiria, Slice, and Hold the Dark," 25 Aug. 2018 Assuming that Pastner’s retelling is accurate, Bell approached Pastner in the McKale Center gymnasium one day and confided in him that he was addicted to painkillers. Michael Mccann,, "The Potential Legal and NCAA Fallout From Josh Pastner's Lurid Litigation Dispute," 17 Feb. 2018 Two retellings arrive from France, where graphic novels, or bandes dessinées, enjoy popularity and critical attention. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Book Review: Classics Illustrated," 16 Nov. 2018 Also, after so many screen versions of Spider-Man, and especially so many retellings of his origin story, a film that departs this far from the predictable beats while keeping the character intact is pretty compelling. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The Verge fall movie preview, December 2018," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of retelling

1883, in the meaning defined above

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