Classic Adaptations

5 Retellings of Classic Novels That You Should Read Now

Classic literature is great, but even I, an avid reader and stereotypical English major, sometimes wish these stories were a bit more contemporary. Fortunately, many modern authors have created their own stories that adapt the plots, characters, and/or spirit of the originals for a new century. Check out the books below for some new takes on classic books.


1. Great by Sara Benincasa



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In this retelling of The Great Gatsby, teenager Naomi Rye arrives in the Hamptons expecting to be miserable hanging around the sons and daughters of her mother’s super-rich friends, but instead she finds herself drawn to her next door neighbor, a girl named Jacinta who throws amazing parties. But, of course, Jacinta is hiding something, and the scandal that ensues shakes the whole community.


2. Going Bovine by Libba Bray



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Sixteen-year-old Cameron just wants to make it through high school, but instead he is diagnosed with mad cow disease. Faced with death, he embarks on a quest for a cure and finds himself on a journey filled with hallucinations, much like Don Quixote, of gnomes, wizards, and punk angels.


3. Catherine by April Linder



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In this new take on Wuthering Heights, Catherine is tired of people only wanting to befriend her in order to get a gig at her dad’s famous Manhattan club, but when she meets talented musician Hence, they fall into a passionate romance that is tested by fate. Chelsea always thought that her mother Catherine died of an illness, but then she finds out that, in fact, her mother didn’t die but instead disappeared. Filled with questions, she sets out for the club where it all started.


4. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor


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In this book inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Alyss Heart is actually the heir to the Wonderland throne. Unfortunately, she is forced to flee Wonderland in order to escape her murderous Aunt Redd, and it is up to Hatter Madigan, Alyss’s bodyguard, to find her and bring her back to her rightful place.


5. Wicked by Gregory McGuire



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This list wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t include Wicked on it. In what is essentially a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, this book tells the story of the much-misunderstood Wicked Witch of the West and explains what led her to become so wicked in the first place.


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