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7 Contemporary Adaptations of Classic Novels

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!

 

1. Nothing Much To Do

 

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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

 

 

2. Autobiography of Jane Eyre 

 

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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

 

3. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries 

 

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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, caringJane 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 marriagemuch to her mother’s chagrin.

Based on Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austin

 

 

4. In Earnest

 

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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 itwith 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

 

5. Emma Approved

 

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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

 

 

6. Anne With An E 

 

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If you can’t wait to return to Green Gablesor visit for the first timeGreen 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

 

7. Jules and Monty

 

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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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Amazing Adaptations Are Swinging onto Netflix This June!

Whether you like horror, drama, or comics, Netflix has something to offer all of us. Let’s check out all the Netflix adaptations of our favorite novels and comic books that are coming our way in June!

We’ve broken everything down by genre and release date, so skim for your favorites or get lost in Netflix’s June offerings.

 

Horror/Supernatural

 

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Carrie, originally written by Stephen King (coming June 1st)

The Phantom Of The Opera, originally written by Gaston Leroux (coming June 1st)

 

 

Drama

 

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Tales Of The City, written by Armistead Maupin (coming June 7th)

Leila, based off the novel by Prayaag Akbar (coming June 14th)

 

 

For Children

 

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Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, based on the Dr. Seuss book How The Grinch Stole Christmas (coming June 5th)

 

 

Japanese Anime

 

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Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, originally created by Cho-Heiwa Busters and Mitsu Izumi (coming June 1st)

A Silent Voice, originally created by Yoshitoki Ōima (coming June 5th)

Neon Genesis Evangelion, originally created by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (coming June 21st)

Forest Of Piano, originally created by Makoto Isshiki (coming June 24th)

 

 

American Comics

 

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Batman Begins, originally written by Davis S. Goyer (coming June 1st)

The Dark Knight, originally written by David Finch (coming June 1st)

Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse, written by Ralph Macchio; Art by F Flaviano, Eduard Petrovich, Andrea DI Vito (coming June 26th)

 

 

Fans of drama and comic book/manga nerds, you have a lot to look forward to in June if you have Netflix—or if you can coast off a friends’ login info. Since that might piss off your friend, why not all watch together?

Happy binge-watching!

 

 

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‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Premiere Announced on Netflix!

According to EW the premiere of the much anticipated The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance has been announced. The ten episode series will be a prequel to the Jim Henson original puppet fantasy film, The Dark Crystalwhich was originally released in 1982. Although it flop on release, both critically and commercially, the film has since found a cult audience, who love it for its immersive world building, astounding practical effects, and unusually dark tone for a Henson production. The film was about the fictional world of Thra, dealing with a conflict between two fantasy races: the good hearted, innocent Gelflings and the dark, sinister, conniving Skeksis.

The new series, a Netflix exclusive, will be set before the original film, dealing with three Gelfings who discover the dark secrets of the Skeksis and ignite a rebellion against the evil creatures. The series will be directed by Louis Leterrier, who has previous helmed Now You See Me, Clash of the Titansand The Incredible HulkThe filmmaker has reported he is determined to make the new series as close to looking like the old film as possible, including using old school puppetry for the characters. The director had to reportedly fight for puppets rather than CGI but is glad that he managed to get the project to use them, as it was very important to him.

Equally impressive is the voice cast for the cast of puppets. These include: Taron Egerton, Ana Taylor-Joy, Nathalie Emmanuel, Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill, Eddie Izzard, Mark Strong, Simon Pegg, Jason Isaacs, Natalie Dormer, Alicia Vikander, and Helena Bonham Carter. The shows executive producers include Jim Henson’s daughter, Lisa Henson, who will make sure the vision of the series stays true to her father’s original film.

Below are a series of images released by Netflix as a preview for the upcoming series, all of which look utterly beautiful.

 

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A puppet female character examines a book with a stick

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A huge group of vulture-like creatures sits around a massive table in a dimly lit castle chamber

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Two vulture-like creatures stand in a dark tunnel together

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A vulture-like creature wields a sword on a battlefield as dust explodes around it

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What do you think? Looks pretty incredible, huh? Are you excited to revisit the world of Thra? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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Everything We Know About the ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Adaptation

The Little Fires Everywhere adaptation is shaping up nicely! The novel is a 2017 release by Celeste Ng and takes place in fictional suburb Shaker Heights, a sleepy neighborhood where everyone plays by the rules and nothing really exciting happens—especially not to Elena Richardson, a more affluent resident. That is, nothing really exciting happens until artist and single mother called Mia Warren bursts into the community with her teenage daughter and rents a house from the Richardsons. She disregards the rules of the community entirely, and drama soon explodes between the two families as the Richardsons clash with the Warrens. It’s a drama full of secrets and fascinating thematic representations of motherhood, masterfully explored through different angles of life.

 

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According to Variety, the series has been picked up by Hulu as a limited miniseries. The adaptation will be directed by Lynn Shelton, who is also set to executive produce the show. The cast includes superstars Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, and Rosemarie DeWitt. Also in the cast are Jade Pettyjohn, Jordan Elsass, Gavin Lewis, Megan Stott, and Lexi Underwood. Shelton will direct the premiere and finale of the show, along with two additional episodes. According to the official synopsis, the series “follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster.”

The series is highly anticipated and will be 8 episodes long, according to TVSeriesFinale. Reese Witherspoon will star as Elena while Mia Warren will be played by Kerry Washington. Jade Pettyjohn will play Lexie Richardson, Jordan Elsass will star as Trip Richardson, Gavin Lewis as Moody Richardson, Megan Stott as Izzy Richardson, and Lexi Underwood as Pearl Warren.

It remains unknown when the series will be debut, but it appears to be well underway! We can’t wait to see the series come to life; it sounds like a guaranteed binge-watch! Are you excited to see Little Fires Everywhere come to life? We certainly are! Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

 

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