I’m so sorry that this post is late.
“If you were asked to rewrite/modernize a classic novel which one would you choose?”
It seems that adapting classic stories is wildly popular right now. I’m sure it has been popular before now and I just had not noticed. I am a reader who loves to read my favorite stories over and over again. In fact, in March of 2020 when things started to go sideways, I started reading my childhood favorites to my youngest. I found it soothing, it was like being with an old friend. Wyatt loved every story I read to him, except for one. There is such a comfort in being able to go to the classics and lose yourself in them. A few years ago, there was a modern movie version of Little Women which I was sorely disappointed in.
I absolutely adore Little Women. It is one of my all time favorite books. I own two or three copies of the books. One contains both Little Women and Good Wives printed together. Then I have paperback and hardback copies of Little Women and Good Wives. I had never really thought about modernizing a classic. To me a classic does not need to be updated, these novels stand the test of time. It doesn’t matter if they are set in the late 1800s or if it is set in 2020, that story, those characters still resonate with readers. That is what makes them so special.
If I were ever to try my hand at modernizing a classic, I think I would want to try Little Women. The characters are all so well developed and so very complex. I have never really viewed anyone in that story as a secondary character who was just filling up space and I find that fascinating. The complex emotions of each person in the story, the layers to their persona are what makes them all so relatable. I find I can often see myself in many of them and understand why they feel the way that they do or why they did what they did. I would love to be able to bring something that well done to the modern world. However, I don’t think it is necessary. Little Women still speaks to it’s readers as much today as it did when it first was published.