They say every story is already told, we just have to learn to tell it in a new way with a new voice. Even so, there are a lot of versions of certain stories. Sometimes a story goes from book to movie, then back to book. Sometimes people tell different fairy tales. (Robin McKinley got away with writing two completely separate Beauty and the Beast stories). Or maybe people add onto stories that have been told and are now public domain.
No two authors can tell the same story, but at what point do we start getting tired of reading different versions of the same stories? Do we give them all equal credit and an equal try? Or are certain authors given precedence?
Personally I'm a sucker for a good Beauty and the Beast retelling. Do you have a favorite story that you'll read any version that comes out?