The topic this week is a really fun one and got thinking about all the classics that I’ve seen that are modernized versions of those classics.
Here are some of my favorite modern adaptations of classic stories:
Clueless (Emma) – Best 90s movie ever
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (Pride & Prejudice) – Webseries
Carmilla (Carmilla) – Webseries
Bride & Prejudice (Pride & Prejudice) – Bollywood style
Easy A (The Scarlet Letter)
She’s the Man (Twelfth Night)
10 Things I Hate About You (Taming of the Shrew)
Each of these took the basic elements from the works they’re based off of and added more modernized storytelling to them.
Sense & Sensibility
Sense & Sensibility is probably my favorite Jane Austen story after Pride & Prejudice and Emma. I ADORE the adaptation that was made in the 90s which had Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, and Kate Winslet. I think this would be perfect retold in a much more modern way. I could see this as either a mini-series or a movie. Also make it gay.
Another Jane Austen one because her works are pretty easy to adapt. Although I’ve ever seen any adaptation of Persuasion. From what I’ve researched there’s been 4 which is honestly a low number compared to the number of P&P, S&S, and Emma adaptations there have been. I think Persuasion deserves a fresh, modernized take. I think a Netflix movie would perfect for this.
I would LOVE to see a modern day Frankenstein story. I can’t imagine who I’d want to do it, but probably like HBO or Netflix.
The Great Gatsby
I know the APPEAL of The Great Gatsby is the fact that it takes place in 1920s America and that’s the biggest factor of the story. But just imagine a modern-day Great Gatsby??
I know that the 1920s part is basically an essential part of the story.
Technically the latest adaptation with Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby was sort of more modern, but it still took place in the 1920s.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
This is yet another classic novel that I’ve never seen ANY sort of adaptation of. Not because that most of them are old it’s just that in my experience, they’ve been super hard to find or get a hold of.
The Phantom of the Opera
Okay there’s technically been quite a few modern takes on Phantom buuuuut they’re maybe not the best…lol i.e. Phantom of the Megaplex
Also in case you wanted to read some modern retellings of classic novels, here a few that you should check out and look out for!
Pride by Ibi Zoboi (Pride & Prejudice)
The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood (Little Women)
Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavallaro (Sherlock Holmes)