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5 Clever Retellings of Classic Novels You HAVE To Read

5 Clever Retellings of Classic Novels You HAVE To Read

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Classics are classic for a reason.

From the plot, to characters you just can’t beat a good classic novel. But have you ever thought about what they would be like with a modern setting? Or told from the villain’s perspective? Or with….zombies…??

If you’re a fan of classic novels you HAVE to add these retellings to your must-read list ASAP…

Anna K is a modern retelling of the classic Leo Tolstoy novel, Anna Karenina.
Anna K is set in modern day New York City and follows a somewhat similar story of the original novel. At seventeen Anna is at the top of Manhattan and Greenwich society; she has the perfect (if perfectly boring) boyfriend, Alexander W.  Anna has her whole perfect life mapped out for her, that is…until the night she meets Alexia “Count” Vronsky at Grand Central. Think Gossip Girl meets Crazy Rich Asians!!

The TV series adaption of the book is already in production.

We all know the story to The Wizard of Oz, but what if there was another side to that story? What if there was more to the Wicked Witch?
Chances are you’ve seen the musical version of Wicked, or at least know some of the songs, but the book is well worth the read as there’s way more drama and twists than the stage version.

The Wrath and the Dawn is a retelling of the classic One Thousand and One Nights tale.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Have you ever read a classic novel and thought “I wonder what would happen if there were zombies?” No, me either! But one writer did and the result is Pride and Prejudice meets The Walking Dead!
A mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy…

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Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

This classic retelling of Cinderella has over 600,000 ratings on Goodreads with an average of 4.1 stars…so it’s well worth a read!

Have you read any retellings of classic novels?

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