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Riot Recommendation: What Are Your Favorite Shifted Perspective Novels?

Amanda Nelson

Staff Writer

Amanda Nelson is an Executive Director of Book Riot. She lives in Richmond, VA.

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Shifted perspective novels are some of my favorite ways of re-living classic and beloved books. These are reimagined versions of our favorite stories, told from the point of view of an under-appreciated side character, or even the villain. From the stepmother in the updated Snow White retelling Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi, to Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea, which tells the story of the mad wife in the attic from Jane Eyre, readers can’t get enough of these novels.

So tell us: what are your favorite shifted perspective novels? Leave them in the comments, and check back next week for a reading list!