If You Like Retellings of Classics

If You Like… is a feature highlighting blogger recommendations for books, authors, TV shows, movies, and music based on the things you already know and love. This week’s post includes recommendations for retellings of classics.

If you like retellings of classics, you might like…


Recommended by Jennifer @ YA Book Nerd:

  • The Dashwood Sisters’ Secrets of Love by Rosie Rushton: Modern retelling of Sense and Sensibility.
  • Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice with Lizzie and Will in High School.
  • Epic Fail by Claire Lazebnik: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice in Hollywood.
  • Wuthering High by Cara Lockwood: A boarding school featuring classic writers and their characters.
  • Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding: The book is better than the movie. Pride and Prejudice in England.

Recommended by Jessica @ I Read to Relax:

  • Jane by April Linder: In modern times, Jane Eyre falls for a reclusive rock star.
  • The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor: Alyss Heart must return to Wonderland to save her friends from her evil aunt, Redd.
  • Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard: Callie travels back in time to 1815 and meets a Lord that she just cannot get along with…
  • Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson: A different version of the classic, Peter Pan.
  • Going Bovine by Libba Bray: Don Quixote gets a modern and hilarious retelling.
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire: Maguire speculates how a girl became The Wicked Witch of the West.
  • Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman: Persephone meets Hades and chooses to become his wife.

Recommended by Ashley @ Book Labyrinth:

  • The Education of Hailey Kendrick by Eileen Cook: Inspired by The Scarlett Letter, Hailey has to find strength and learn about herself when her friends desert her.
  • Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg: Title = pretty self-explanatory. Very cute/funny.
  • Tighter by Adele Griffin: A modern re-imagining of The Turn of the Screw. Death, ghosts, and trippy secrets.
  • Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard: Enchanting and adorable Pride & Prejudice retelling where modern day Callie hits her head while on a school field trip and wakes up in 1815.
  • Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay: Juliet is murdered by Romeo, and the two face off against each other as immortal enemies.
  • Epic Fail by Claire Lazebnik: Adorable Pride & Prejudice retelling that pays homage to the original without being ridiculously repetitive or cliche.
  • Jane by April Lindner: Modern day Jane Eyre where Jane is a college dropout and Rochester is an aging rockstar.
  • Remembrance by Michelle Madow: Starcrossed lovers with a shared past life. Partial inspiration and references to Pride & Prejudice.
  • Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors: Mimi is transported to Shakespearean Verona and tries to give Juliet a happy ending.
  • The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney: The student-run vigilante justice society is inspired by To Kill A Mockingbird.

Movies and TV Shows

Recommended by Isaiah @ From Yes:

  • Easy A: A clever retelling of The Scarlet Letter set in high school, this is perhaps the best teen comedy in years. The film brims with wit and heart, helped along by a gifted cast. Don’t miss scene-stealing supporting turns by Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci.
  • The Hours: Michael Cunningham reinvigorated Virginia Woolf’s already beloved Mrs. Dalloway when he re-imagined the classic for his award-winning novel. Surprisingly, the film accomplishes even more than the novel could. By giving Woolf a voice through Nicole Kidman, watching the film makes rereading Mrs. Dalloway a more engaging and touching journey. How many films can boast such an accomplishment?

Recommended by Tahleen @ Tahleen’s Mixed-Up Files:

  • Bride and Prejudice: Pride & Prejudice told Bollywood-style, taking place in England.
  • Bridget Jones’ Diary: Both the movie and the book by Helen Fielding. I love the movie so much! Based on P&P.
  • Clueless: Movie starring Alicia Silverstone, based on Emma. Also, Paul Rudd is absolutely adorable in this movie.

Recommended by Jennifer @ YA Book Nerd:

Recommended by Jessica @ I Read to Relax:

  • Clueless: A new “Emma” sets out to matchmaking in Beverly Hills.
  • 10 Things I Hate About You: Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew set in a modern high school.
  • Alice: An awesome new version of Alice in Wonderland that aired on the SyFy channel.
  • Easy A: A hilarious updated version of the Scarlet Letter.
  • Tangled: Disney takes on Rapunzel.
  • Nancy Drew: A modernized and cute version of Nancy Drew.
  • Grimm: A great new dark series that sets a Detective Grimm up against all the evil “fairy tale” creatures of the world.
  • Emma: The BBC did a fantastic mini-series version of this Jane Austen classic.

Recommended by Ashley @ Book Labyrinth:

  • Alice: This mini-series provides such an imaginative look at Lewis Caroll’s Alice stories. Plus Andrew Lee Potts makes the most adorable/funny Hatter ever.
  • Lost in Austen: I completely adore this mini-series’ retelling of Pride & Prejudice.
  • Revenge: One of the most awesome new shows this fall, I swear. Loosely based on The Count of Monte Cristo.
  • Bride and Prejudice: Pride & Prejudice meets Bollywood. So much fun!
  • Bridget Jones’ Diary: Loose connections with Pride & Prejudice. (Also a novel by Helen Fielding.)
  • She’s the Man: I can’t help it, this Amanda Bynes retelling of Twelfth Night makes me laugh every time.


Recommended by Isaiah @ From Yes:

  • Calypso” by Suzanne Vega: Giving Calypso more credit than Homer, Vega speaks in the voice of Odysseus’ cast-off lover. In this retelling, Calypso does not need to keep the wanderer captive; she loves him, and then can let him go. She doesn’t need him to be happy. While the original recording is lovely, check out the version Vega rerecorded for her retrospective project, Close-Up Volume 2: People and Places.
  • Ever After Happily” by Jay Brannan: The gem recording from his charming but uneven debut, Goddamned, this track acknowledges how excluding the Prince Charming fairy tales can feel to many children (who grow up to be excluded adults). Brannan laments, “Because boy meets boy / and boy runs away… We end up home alone watching Court TV / not living ever-after happily.” In the song, the singer rewrites “Cinderella,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Snow White,” among other tales.
  • Firework” by Katy Perry: A riff on a passage from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, the song salvages a passage (from an otherwise dreadful novel) to create an empowering anthem. Check out the cheesy but warm-hearted video; it’ll make you smile.
  • Into the Nightlife” by Cyndi Lauper: The singer claimed she wrote the song in response to Ferlinghetti’s Coney Island of the Mind. Without a doubt, Lauper’s version is more fun. At least you can dance to it!
  • Song of Solomon” by Kate Bush: Playing Solomon’s lover, Bush demands, “Don’t want your bullshit! Just want your sexuality.” There is currently some disagreement among Bush fans about which recording of the track is definitive, but I prefer the original version featured on her 90s LP, The Red Shoes.

What are your favorite retellings of classics in books, movies, tv shows/miniseries, and music? Please share your own recommendations in the comments!

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