What Is Classic Remarks?
Classic Remarks is a meme hosted here at Pages Unbound that poses questions each Friday about classic literature and asks participants to engage in ongoing discussions surrounding not only themes in the novels but also questions about canon formation, the “timelessness” of literature, and modes of interpretation.
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This Week’s Prompt:
What classic work should get a film/TV adaptation?
There are many classics works that should get adaptations, however, so I chose to do a list.
Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
Alcott wrote more than Little Women–why not give her other works a chance to shine? Eight Cousins follows Rose Campbell as she goes to live with her uncle and meets all her boy cousins. The sequel, Rose in Bloom, follows her into adulthood as she falls in love.
Little Men (and Jo’s Boys) by Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has been adapted numerous times–there are six feature films, as well as mini series and even a Japanese anime–but, for some reason, the sequels never get their time to shine. I would love to see a film or a mini series follow the adventures of Jo’s boarding school, however.
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
This might admittedly be difficult to adapt as it is about an interior spiritual journey. However, it might be cool to have someone perform the poem or maybe to perform the poem and animate it!
Beowulf by Anonymous
I was indescribably disappointed by the 2007 film. Can we have a remake with less nudity and more dragons/medieval fantasy adventure?
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
In 1996, he BBC released a mini based on Anne Brontë’s classic novel about a woman who leaves her abused husband. There really aren’t any other adaptations. In contrast, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre has 16 feature film adaptations and 15 TV adaptations. Could Anne’s lack of a film be a contributing factor in her lack of visibility?
Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
There have been numerous adaptations of Nancy Drew for the screen over the years, but I really want a Nancy Drew film or mini series that is set in the 1930s or the 1950s. None of these modern adaptations, thank you.
Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery
There is a 1998 TV series based on what is possibly Montgomery’s second most famous series after the Anne of Green Gables books. However, I would love to see another adaptation, perhaps one more faithful to the books.
Pat of Silver Bush by L. M. Montgomery
Emily and Anne may be Montgomery’s two most well-known characters, but I have always loved Pat. Pat is no authorial genius like Emily. She is not exuberantly original like Anne. She’s really very ordinary and not particularly gifted in school. And I love that about her. She’s ordinary, but she still gets to be a heroine.
Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
Why is Romeo and Juliet remade all the time? There are other Shakespeare plays! Cymbeline had a modern adaptation in 2014, but reviews are generally negative. Why not try again?
The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
This should be a TV series so multiple stories can be told without being rushed. I would love to see it in the hands of a faithful adapter, who would keep the spirit of the work, even if changes must be made so the work feels fluid.