Classics Remixed

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Annika Barranti Klein

Staff Writer

Annika Barranti Klein likes books, obviously.   Twitter: @noirbettie

Annika Barranti Klein

Staff Writer

Annika Barranti Klein likes books, obviously.   Twitter: @noirbettie

This trailer just dropped for a new Netflix movie starring internet favorite Shannon Purser, aka Ethel Muggs, aka Barb!!!

Did you watch it? Did it seem…familiar? It is totally Cyrano de Bergerac, but gender-flipped, modernized, and set in high school.

In other words, it is totally my jam.

More Classics Set in High School


This 1995 movie is the best adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. Do not @ me (unless it is to talk about how great Clueless is).

10 Things I Hate About You

This 1999 movie made The Taming of the Shrew relevant.


2001 gave us this Othello adaptation, set in the world of high school football.

She’s the Man

Twelfth Night set in boarding school? Yes, please. This 2006 movie starred Amanda Bynes, who I am worried about.

Honorable mention: Hamlet

Though not set in high school, the 2000 movie modernized Hamlet while still using Shakespeare’s language, and it co-starred Julia Stiles, who also starred in 10 Things and O.

Web Series

Classics aren’t just being reimagine for the big screen (and Netflix), they’re also all over the internet in the form of web series. Here are a few faves.

The Lizzy Bennett Diaries

Emma Approved

See also: /new-web-series-emma/

Hermione Granger and the Quarter Life Crisis

See also: /some-of-the-best-blackhogwarts-tweets/

The Autobiography of Jane Eyre


Soooooo, when are we getting a feature and/or one of these fun projects based on something other than the usual suspects of Shakespeare, Austen, Brontë, and sometimes Rowling (Okay, and Sheridan Le Fanu, but who remembers anything of his besides Carmilla)?

Books That are Musicals

These books were adapted for the stage, and set to music. Good idea/bad idea?

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

I think we can all agree that the last one, at least, was a good idea.