Finding a way to re-tell a story, any story, and not just that "one story" is a challenge. Because, not only must the writer or storyteller find a way to tell the original tale, they must bring something original or a new perspective to the story. The question is, how will the storyteller do that?
Will they tell the tale from someone else's perspective? Will they add some element that makes the main character more loveable or detestable than they previously were? Will the author find a way to take a traditional tale and make it contemporary? Each method of retelling brings with it challenges.
When I decided to write Delilah, I had to decide what would make the familiar story interesting again. I decided to tell the story from Deliah's point of view. This was problematic at times when I might have wanted to show events happening away from where Delilah was. I had to create scenes where situations occured where Delilah was present.
I did research and then took literary licence and invented things that I could not be sure of. I researched both the Hebrew religion and way of life as well as that of the Phillistines in the Valley of Sorek. I was challenged because I couldn't completely re-invent the wheel - I couldn't make Delilah a modern woman. BUT I could tell the story of Samson and Delilah as a bit of a romance akin to Romeo and Juliette.
The original story of Samson and Delilah was about a man who was drawn from a loving relationship with God by the conniving deceit of a manipulative, evil woman. In my story, Delilah is not the agent through which Samson's covenant with God is broken, but through which his relationship with his God is redeemed. Likewise, Delilah's relationship with Samson also helps her relationship with he