The Fall of the House of Usher
Young Adult Inerpretations of the Gothic Classics College
Famous Authors like Edgar Allan Poe have maintained their renowned title because few have come after who can capture the truly gothic and gloomy nature of their works. Fast forward roughly 150 years, and new age authors have begun to re-envision these famous works into novels that attract young adults in a way that changes a story’s perspective, content, and impact on the audience yet maintains the overall theme of the original. Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” and Bethany Griffin’s The Fall differ in multiple aspects that fall under three categories. The perspective, content, and goal of each piece vary in such a way that Griffin’s novel is not so much an adaptation as a revival of Poe’s famous short story. Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher,” told from a different point of view, now becomes The Fall by Bethany Griffin. Though both of the works' perspectives are set in first person they differ greatly in the effect that they have on the reader. The audience has a changed connection with the works because of the variance in narrators, and the unity in that they each take on a first person point of view does not make the two pieces similar. If anything, it makes them even more different.
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