21 Books Based On Classics

Modern twists on perennial tales.


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I’m always amazed at the wildly original plot lines authors still manage to invent. There seems to be no end to the creativity of our favorite authors. And yet, something every bit as magical can happen when a writer revisits a classic plot, and re-imagines it through new eyes. Suddenly, the characters spring back to life; old issues are given new meanings; the plot can feel refreshed by a new setting and time period—and the best part? A whole new generation can fall in love with a classic all over again.


Bookshelf curated by Emma Oulton.

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About Emma Oulton

Emma Oulton

EMMA OULTON has more books than friends, and is perfectly happy with that arrangement. She lives in London with a dog called Hippo, works in publishing, and live-tweets her life from @emmaoulton.

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