While everyone’s gearing up for the fem-packed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies this month, we’re still more than a bit obsessed with these surprising historical reboots…
The film… Clueless, 1995
Based on… Emma by Jane Austen, 1895
Was ‘as if!’ part of your regular vocab as a teen? Then no doubt Clueless was your favourite movie. I mean obvs, it’s incredible. Cher Horowitz taught us about the best way to wear a plaid skirt. Heck, she taught us about life! ““May I please remind you that it does not say ‘RSVP’ on the Statue of Liberty.” Here, here. But we wonder if Jane Austen would be totally buggin if she knew Cher was based on her match-making heroine Emma?
The film… Bridget Jones’s Diary, 2001
Based on… Pride and Predjudice by Jane Austen
Good looks, brooding stare…an astonishingly bad Christmas jumper. Okay, so the last bit doesn’t scream Mr Darcy (the original Jane Austen version), but he was the inspiration behind Colin Firth’s character Mark in the classic rom-com.
The film… 10 Things I Hate About You, 1999
Based on… The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare,1590
The film that introduced all tween girls across the land to Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. And of course to fiery Julia Stiles who taught us what a feminist was before we even really new what that word meant.
The film… Twilight, 2008
Based on… Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
While not technically a comedy (although some might argue the acting frighteningly funny in the classic rom-drama), Stephenie Meyer, who wrote the best-selling 2008 novel adapted for screen says Jane Eyre served as inspo. RPatz vs Mr. Rochester, who would you choose?
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The film… Easy A, 2010
Based on…The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850
Classic Emma Stone. After showing off her comedy chops in Superbad Miss Stone killed it in Easy A (which if you haven’t watched please stop reading and rent NOW).
The film… She’s The Man, 2006
Based on… Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, 1601
Before Amanda Bynes went abit… Amanda Bynes she was making us LOL is this classic gender-bending comedy with Channing Tatum. *Not jealous at all.
*We made out with our TV screens while watching this.
By Emma Firth