Here’s the thing about this week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic: when I first made this list, I thought it was pretty easy. But then I realized that some of my picks actually do have modern adaptations. Specifically Little Women (which has the book The Spring Girls by Anna Todd as well as the web series The March Family Letters), Much Ado About Nothing (which has the web series Nothing Much To Do, the movie directed by Joss Whedon, and the book Nothing Happened), and Anne of Green Gables (which has the web series The Green Gables Fables). So this list ended up being quite difficult! Nevertheless, here are my top 5 classics I wish had modern adaptations.
1. Sense & Sensibility: If we can get 5 million retellings and adaptations of P&P, why not Sense & Sensibility? The story lends itself to reinterpretation just as well as P&P. The plot of miscommunication and family struggle is there just as it is in P&P! And we could maybe make Colonel Brandon, Mr. Ferrars, and Mr. Willoughby more swoon-worthy. It would be good as a web series methinks.
2. The Iliad: After the success of The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, this seems like a no-brainer. I’m not sure how you could make the fall of Troy and Ancient Greece in general modern though… maybe it’s set in modern day and while the events of the Trojan War did happen thousands of years ago, maybe a repeat happens? Like a second Trojan War? Or maybe everything is the same except it’s the current war in Iraq instead? I don’t know. All I know is I love this story and I want someone to make it modern somehow. And gay. Obviously.
3. To Kill A Mockingbird: With the blacklivesmatter movement happening in America right now, it seems like a modern interpretation of this could really hit a nerve and make an outstanding point. Obviously cast Jon Hamm as the modern Atticus Finch and Millie Bobbie Brown as modern day Scout. Just sayin’.
4. Frankenstein: Firstly why isn’t it talked about more that Mary Shelley – A WOMAN – created the science fiction genre?! Sci-fi… a genre beloved by introverted and sometimes mean boys everywhere, who get Ross Gellar syndrome all of the time. Okay now that I have that out of the way, Frankenstein is just a duh choice for a modern adaptation. With technology as advanced as it is in movies now, think of how beautiful this movie could be. But make Dr. Frankenstein a woman… it would make Mary Shelley proud.
5. The Canterbury Tales: Honestly this would be hilarious in a modern day setting. And more accessible. And should definitely be done in a mockumentary format.