There are many answers to that question but the one I’m looking for is that a classic is a story we love hearing told again and again. I’ll add a touch more to that description: A classic fascinates and captivates; it takes hold of your imagination and leads you into an entirely new world.
When you first heard your favourite classic story, you may have been very little, the story filled you with a sense of wonder and you feel a bit of that again when you hear the story now.
A classic stays with you; it is memorable. Because of this, these stories are loved and repeated so often that they become part of our language and culture; they inspire and influence us every day.
If classic literature is so wonderful, why would we change it?
Well, much-loved classics were written a long time ago. And although some of them are remembered, others are starting to fade. Often we know of them and have a vague understanding of the story but reading the original feels a little too much like hard work.
The original context, references and language of each classic text have often passed out of common knowledge. The world has changed since that story was written and, although that doesn’t change the appeal of the story, it makes the text itself difficult for a modern audience to understand.
To understand that story in its original form takes a little research and a lot of time. Again, that’s more like work than amusement and it’s not really what stories are meant for. Time is also something that most of us have in short supply.
How do we ‘adapt’ classic literature?
Giglets takes an original classic story (warts and all) and removes or simplifies difficult content until just the story remains. The story is then rewritten in easy-to-understand language for modern readers of any age. We don’t change the story itself; we just make it more accessible for the readers of this century.
In editing out the flowery or complicated language and the difficult-to-follow references, we shorten the story to make a Giglets adaptation a quick and easy read. It takes 15 minutes to read a Giglets ebook. We then add some of those vital full-colour illustrations and just a pinch of Giglets magic.
When everything is done, and we have a new Giglets Adapted and Illustrated Classic Ebook, we give it a pat on the head and an apple for the teacher and send it skipping out into the virtual world.
Why am I telling you this?
I want you to know why we’re modernising classics and the thoughts behind the Giglets ebooks. We’re trying to make brilliant classic stories accessible; we don’t want to lose any of that magic or wonder. We want to recreate it for you and make it easy to find and share.
And about that: ‘How to love a Giglets Adapted and Illustrated Classic Ebook’. Well we won’t know how until you tell us what you think and how you read yours. Please let us know what you think of our ebooks. We appreciate your input.