April Lindner’s new book, Catherine, takes the Wuthering Heights story we all know and love, and puts a brand-new spin on it. Catherine is the daughter of a Manhattan nightclub owner; Hence is a talented musician. Will the passion of their romance last, or will they be torn apart by cruel fate?
There have been so many updates of classics in recent years (both books and movies), but we have a few more ideas for stories that could use a reboot. Take a look at our picks and vote on which adaptation you’d most like to read. Have a suggestion for an update? Leave us a note in the comments!
We love this post-Civil War era novel, but it would be fun to see the March sisters during the 1960s. Just picture it: Beth as an aspiring musician who dies young (plenty of those in the sixties); Amy as a painter of protest art; Jo as a radical feminist; and Meg as the lame one who wants to be a housewife (actually, that one’s the same in both versions).
Possible title: LITTLE Women? Who Are You Calling Little?!
Set far into the future, when robots are beginning to replace humans at smaller tasks, Dr. Frankenstein sets out to create a totally lifelike cyborg. He ends up building Frankenstein’s robot, a mechanical man that’s somewhere between human and machine. All the drama and suspense of the original, but with more lasers.
Possible title: Frankensteel
Our reboot of Homer’s epic poem would feature Odysseus as a modern-day teenager backpacking through Europe with his best bros. He’s trying to return to his girlfriend Penelope, but he keeps getting delayed by attractive foreigners. It might sound pretty different, but we assure you, there’s the same amount of drunken revelry in both texts.
Possible title: The Bro-dyssey
Don’t get us wrong, we loved the new movie version, but it was a little TOO close to the original. We’d like to see Victor Hugo’s novel set in Great Depression-era New York City. Jean Valjean would be a criminal-turned-kindly sweatshop owner; Javert would be a policeman bent on revenge. Think of the possibilities! Fantine could be a flapper!
Possible title: Just Miserable
Instead of traveling down the Mississippi, Huck is a Brazilian peasant who runs away from home to navigate the Amazon. If there’s one thing missing from Mark Twain’s classic, it’s piranhas.
Possible title: Shark Finn
Which of these books would you most like to read? Vote now! And leave a comment to let us know which novels you’d like to see updated!