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20 Retellings of Classic Books

A curated collection of 24 retellings of classic books.

If you’re like most of us, you were forced to read a selection of classic books in high school or college. I read my fair share in high school and can only remember how much I didn’t enjoy it. While I understand the need to understand and evaluate what makes these books classics, it’s not always the most exciting process.

Over the years since then, I’ve delved into a number of classic books of my own choosing. I quickly discovered reading them on my own terms was much more beneficial. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is even my favorite all-time novel!

So, for those of you still avoiding the classics, I suggest giving retellings of classic books a try! These retellings take the spirit of the story and turn it into something original and often more relatable.

This list of the best retellings of classic books includes a variety of genres and novels, so you may just find something new that piques your interest! Pride and Prejudice retellings have the most options, but you’ll also find retellings of Jane Austen’s other novels, Little Women, Peter Pan, and more!

Romeo and Juliet Retellings

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

A young adult retelling of Romeo and Juliet set in modern day California. Zorie and Lennon’s families are in an all out feud, so it’s easy enough for them to hate each other too. At least, until a camping trip leaves them stranded alone in the wilderness. In the desperate situation, they learn more about one another and develop tentative feelings. But, can that survive their fighting families back in the real world?

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When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

Before Serle’s bestsellers The Dinner List and In Five Years, she wrote a loosely based retelling of the classic story of Romeo and Juliet. In this version, Rosaline takes front and center and she explores an alternate ending to this fateful classic. Rosaline and Rob are meant to be together and she knows from their first kiss that they’ll have a happy ending. Until vindictive, crazy Juliet shows back up. When she tears Rob away, Rose not only fears for Rob’s relationship but also his life.

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Juliet by Anne Fortier

Julie inherits a key to safe deposit box that leads her on a journey back in time to her ancestor Giulietta’s romance with a man named Romeo. Back in present day she comes across descendants of both their houses and starts to wonder if the ancient curse still exists. I’m a fan of books that jump back and forth to different time periods, so this sounds right up my alley!

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Little Women Retellings

Little Women seems to be a hot topic these days, with a recent book release and a hit movie!

Meg & Jo by Virg

A recent Little Women retelling that puts the four March sisters in various parts of the country pursuing their dreams. Meg is living her supposed perfect life with her husband and kids. Jo is struggling in NYC to be a journalist and just gets by as prep cook and food blogger. Both are called home when their mother gets sick and start to realize what truly matters.

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