I wonder if there is a good alternative for "versions" in the following context. I looked up the synonyms (variant, adaptation, rendering, etc.), but I thought they were not that much suitable in my context.

Andersen's fairy tale was different from older versions of the story.

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    Versions would be the normal word in this context - variant is possible too. Oct 20, 2021 at 7:59
  • @KateBunting, Are "versions" and "variants" interchangeable here?
    – BeatsMe
    Oct 20, 2021 at 10:30
  • Have you some objection to using version? As I said, I consider it to be the usual word with reference to traditional stories/songs., but variants (slightly different versions) could be used with a similar meaning (as in the Vaughan Williams composition Five Variants of 'Dives and Lazarus' Oct 20, 2021 at 10:40
  • @KateBunting, I asked for an alternative word because I wanted to avoid repetition. Actually, I've used the word "version" in preceding lines.
    – BeatsMe
    Oct 20, 2021 at 13:42

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You could use


Or maybe you are better looking at synonyms of "recite", for example:

tellings, recountings, narrations, recitations, interpretations.

However, I think versions already sounds suitable.

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