Featured image via NY Daily News
Featured image via NY Daily News
Everyone likes an adaptation, and sometimes the best adaptations are underground. Here are seven picks from YouTube, perfect for marathoning, all based on classic novels and set in the modern era. No matter whether you’re a fan of Jane Austin, William Shakespeare, or Charlotte Bronte, there’s something for every classic book lover. Watch away!
If you like Much Ado About Nothing, get ready for Nothing Much to Do, an adaptation from New Zealand in vlog format, this time set at Messina High. All the accusations, the threats, and a few serenades on ukulele, this modern adaptation has all the humor and hatred you love, while also featuring a plastic flamingo. A must watch.
Based on Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare
Fans of Jane Eyre will appreciate the tragedy and measured pace of Autobiography of Jane Eyre. Filmed as a video diary, this series follows nursing student Jane as she leaves school, becomes a governess, and falls for the master of the house. Covering all the original beats of the story with inventiveness and heart, it has all the Gothic appeal of the original. Plus Adele is cute.
Based on Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
A classic, and for good reason. Thorough plotting, well paced character development, and silly costumes make this series compulsively watchable. Elizabeth is very much herself, lovable, judgmental, caring—Jane is sweet and decisive, Kitty is an actual cat, and Lydia is gleeful and wild. Set in California, Lizzie is a grad student with no interest in marriage—much to her mother’s chagrin.
Based on Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austin
Seriously, this web series is good. I’m not joking. You might say I’m Earnest, but honestly, who isn’t? Oscar Wilde’s classic is reimagined probably exactly as he would have wanted it—with everyone confused and overdressed. At just fifty episodes, it’s an excellent binge watch, and relatable, at least if you’ve ever wondered how to propose to someone you’ve given a false name.
Based on The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
In this adaptation, Emma runs a PR firm with her brother-in-law, George Knightly. Some great parties, some terrible decisions, and outrageous confidence make this a fun and lighthearted series, despite any low moments. Fans of Austin will be thrilled, and if you’re not yet obsessed, you will be.
Based on Emma by Jane Austin
If you can’t wait to return to Green Gables—or visit for the first time—Green Gables Fables is a delightful and heartwarming take on the classic story. Never discouraged, Anne’s passion and creativity make this series sing, and even at one-hundred-fifty episodes (the longest on this list), it seems too short.
Based on Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
This adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy may have slightly less murder, but it has just as much tragedy as the original. The clash between two warring fraternities reaches new heights. Even with a lower mortality rate, this is still a tear jerker, so be warned. It’s also the shortest series on this list, with only twenty-one episodes.
Based on Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
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Berlanti Productions is still going strong, even without any future seasons of Arrow lined up after next year’s Season 8 conclusion.
Deadline reports that Amazon Studios and Berlanti Productions will be adapting Casey McQuiston’s Red White & Royal Blue, one of 2019’s most anticipated LGBTQ novels about an unexpected power couple romance.
Red White & Royal Blue follows America’s favorite son, White House royal-equivalent, Alex Claremont-Diaz, as he falls in love with former across the pond enemy, Prince Henry. The surprise romance causes all sorts of diplomatic complications between the two nations, and Alex’s relationship problems will be taken to another level.
The highly anticipated novel appears to be in good hands. Juilliard Playwriting graduate Ted Malawer will pen the adaptation, and Berlanti Productions has developed LGBTQ content with favorable audience approval, especially after its recent success with introducing LGBTQ superhero icon, Batwoman, to television (She was the only memorable part of that Arrowverse TV crossover).
While there is no release date for the rom-com adaptation, the novel will be published by Macmillan next month.
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Logic dictates that because there is no shortage of books to adapt for the screen, there is also no shortage of adaptations and titles to parody. (Not that we have any shortage of books to parody either—Honest Book Titles: Part 4 right here—just saying.) Here is our Adaptations Edition of Honest Book Titles:
(The following jokes do not reflect the views of Bookstr or its staff members. We just happen to find them hilarious. Viewer Discretion is Advised.)
2. American Psycho
Why Knives, Master Wayne?
3. Life of Pi
Frosted Flakes Are the New Shrooms
4. The Martian
Will Eat Poop Potatoes For Rescue
5. I Am Legend
I Am Fresh Prince Meat
6. The War of the Worlds
White People Can Be Colonized Too
7. A Game of Thrones
I Lost the Game
8. The Shining
Two Girls, One Corpse
Adjusted Covers Via Masako Fukuchi; Plot Holes by Amy
Comedian and late night host Jimmy Fallon has won over the hearts of many with his comedy, but he’s also won over young hearts with his children’s books about fatherhood. And now, a brand new one is coming.
People magazine reported that Fallon’s new book, This Is Baby, will be released this Fall. It is a picture book about babies naming different parts of the body.
Fallon’s two previous children’s books, Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA and Everything Is Mama, were met with positive reviews. Fallon wrote these books based on his experiences with becoming a father, which he talked about before being the best experience of his life.
“It’s the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. You realize what’s important in life. Every single day you realize there’s a new cute thing they’re doing or saying.”
This Is Baby will be available October 8th.
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