Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads. This week’s theme is: Classics I Wish Had Modern Adaptations. This was harder than I thought it would be, cause a lot of my favorite classics already have modern adaptions or their plots would be very out of place in a modern setting (locking your wife in the attic is so 1847), but I found five and I swear they’re not all by Jane Austen.
5. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
Truman Capote called Holly Golightly an American Geisha, but what about the 2018 version? My guess is she’d be a party girl with a sugar daddy who tweets sad, cryptic things at 3 a.m, and her nameless cat would be totally #instafamous.
4. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
This one’s actually my current read (so no spoilers, please) and the delightfully wicked Becky Sharpe has already become one of my favorite classic (anti-) heroines. It would be so fun to watch her scheme her way to the top in a modern setting.
3. Persuasion by Jane Austen
Second chance romance is one of my favorite romance tropes and Persuasion is the OG second chance love story. There’s something timeless about this, and all of Jane Austen’s novels, which makes is very easy to picture it in a modern setting. Though Wentworth’s famous letter wouldn’t be as romantic as a late night text.
2. Emma by Jane Austen
I love Emma. It’s not just my favorite Jane Austen novel, but my favorite classic as well. So of course I’d love to read a modern version of it and if it’s anything like Clueless – that’s just an added bonus.
1. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Probably the least well known classic on my list, North and South is the story of a girl who becomes passionate about worker’s rights and a Northern mill owner. I think the combination of social justice and an a hate to love romance would work very well in a modern setting and make for a very interesting adaption.