August 30, 2006 8:47 AM Subscribe
Has anyone vastly improved -- or just changed -- someone else's already published writing by editing?
posted by callmejay to media & arts (25 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm not the best writer, but I frequently come across blog posts, articles, and even books which I believe I could make better -- or just interestingly different -- through editing. It occurs to me that there's a fascinating potential genre out there for re-edited works and I'm wondering if anyone's done this.
What would a Stephen King novel look like if it were edited by a "serious" literary editor? What if someone decided to edit DFW's Infinite Jest down into a 400 page novel without footnotes?
I realize there are copyright issues, but it seems like this sort of thing must go on. Point me to some examples!