Let’s face it, we’re all busy…sometimes even too busy to sit down and dust off those old books that you always told yourself you’d get through, but never actually sat down and read. What’s a girl to do? Watch YouTube, of course!
Over the last couple of years, creating web series (groups of short videos that follow an organised plotline) based on famous books has been a growing trend. It started off with The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a wildly popular series that put a modern spin on Pride and Prejudice, and is continuing to thrive with the YouTube channels listed down below. So until you’re able to set aside time for some summer reading, check out these amazing videos to make sure you know your Jane Eyres from your Jane Austens.
1. Emma Approved
Made by the same people behind The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Emma Approved follows the plot of Jane Austen’s Emma. Follow young entrepreneur Emma Woodhouse as she tries to expand her matchmaking business and make her way in the world as an event planner… while having to deal with sweet but naïve intern Harriet, intelligent but mysterious employee Jane Fairfax, and bitingly sarcastic co-worker Alex Knightley.
Watch if: You’re always up for seeing more headstrong, confident female characters on screen.
2. Autobiography of Jane Eyre
Produced in Canada, this cheaply made but captivating web series is based on Charlotte Bronte’s – you guessed it – Jane Eyre. Though Emma Approved looks more polished and stylistic, the raw, candid feel of Autobiography of Jane Eyre will make you feel like you personally know the characters talking from behind the screen… and have you sitting on the edge of your seat during the scary parts.
Watch if: You’re looking for something with a mix of humour, emotion, and suspense.
3. The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy
You’ve probably seen the Disney version of Peter Pan, but did you know the movie was based on a play and novel by J. M. Barrie? The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy goes into more detail than Walt Disney does about what goes in Neverland and gives you an idea of what might happen if Peter, Wendy, Tinkerbell and the crew did grow up… and got transported to modern day America.
Watch if: You like quick, rapid-fire dialogue and over-the-top characters.
4. The March Family Letters
Only recently started, The March Family Letters is based on Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women. Following the everyday life of main character Jo March and her three sisters, The March Family Letters looks to be a funny, lighthearted look at Alcott’s serious coming-of-age story.
Watch if: You like relatable, sympathetic characters.
5. Jules and Monty
Ok, so it’s not technically a book, but if you can’t get enough Shakespeare then Jules and Monty is just the thing for you. It’s the modern, college campus retelling of Romeo and Juliet, and with interesting characters and great dialogue it may just be one of the best adaptations of Shakespeare’s tragedy yet.
Watch if: You like forbidden romance… and crazy college parties.
What YouTube channels do you watch? What book would you like to see turned into a webseries?
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