If you have ever watched 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), a romantic comedy set at Padua High featuring a rebellious, bossy, snarky teenage girl (Kat Stratford) who intimidates most boys, you begin to recognize the plot. Hey, didn’t William Shakespeare write a play like this? And the answer is yes, since this film is a remake or modern adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew, written four centuries earlier (1590-92). Adaptations also happen in the literary world. Here are some modern novels that are remakes of classic novels:
Going Bovine by Libba Bray – Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
The Sixteenth of June by Maya Lang – Ulysses by James Joyce
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi – Snow White by The Brothers Grimm
Dorian, An Imitation by Will Self – The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley – The Tragedy of King Lear by William Shakespeare
Brazil by John Updike – Tristan and Isolde, a Celtic legend from the 12th Century
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