Top 5 Wednesday: Classics I Wish Had Modern Adaptations

Top 5 Wednesday Classics I Wish had Modern Adaptations

What defines a classic novel? A classic stands the test of time. It is a representation of the period of which it was written. To me a classic novel was written more than 50 years ago.

This top 5 Wednesday’s topic is all about classics. And which one’s you would like to see made into modern adaptations. Of course some of these may have already been made into movies but could use a refresh (as many of these movies were filmed in the 80s or before).

Without further ado, here are 5 books I think should be made into modern adaptations:

Animal Farm by George Orwell

This book was made into a movie both in 1954 and 1999. However, both movies were not highly rated by critics. With modern technology, such as CGI and special effects, I think it could be made well, depending on the director. This book’s message is also very relevant to today’s world.


As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, this remarkable allegory of a downtrodden society of overworked, mistreated animals, and their quest to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published. As we witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals, we begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization; and in our most charismatic leaders, the souls of our cruelest oppressors.

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

I always thought this would make a great film. It was adapted into film in 1994 but only got a 40% rating on rotten tomatoes. However, I think there has been enough time for a new adaptation to be made - a good one at that hopefully.


Dark allegory describes the narrator's journey up the Congo River and his meeting with, and fascination by, Mr. Kurtz, a mysterious personage who dominates the unruly inhabitants of the region. Masterly blend of adventure, character development, psychological penetration. Considered by many Conrad's finest, most enigmatic story.

Paradise Lost by John Milton

One of the original Christian novels- Paradise Lost tells the story of the fall of man. I don’t think this has ever been made into a film. I think it’s due time! It definitely carries an important and relevant message. Maybe Mel Gibson could come back and direct it?


John Milton's Paradise Lost is one of the greatest epic poems in the English language. It tells the story of the Fall of Man, a tale of immense drama and excitement, of rebellion and treachery, of innocence pitted against corruption, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind's destiny. The struggle rages across three worlds - heaven, hell, and earth - as Satan and his band of rebel angels plot their revenge against God. At the center of the conflict are Adam and Eve, who are motivated by all too human temptations but whose ultimate downfall is unyielding love.

Marked by Milton's characteristic erudition, Paradise Lost is a work epic both in scale and, notoriously, in ambition. For nearly 350 years, it has held generation upon generation of audiences in rapt attention, and its profound influence can be seen in almost every corner of Western culture.

Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

Ok, we need something light heartening on this list, am I right? Agnes Grey is not only a romance but it also carries an important message about greed. Also, it’s set during the 19th century - I would definitely look forward to the fashion and the backdrop of England.


At age 19 Anne Brontë left home and worked as a governess for a few years before becoming a writer. Agnes Grey was an 1847 novel based on her experience as a governess. Bronte depicts the precarious position of a governess and how that can affect a young woman. Agnes was the daughter of a minister whose family was in financial difficulty. She has only a few choices for employment. Agnes experiences the difficulty of reining in spoiled children and how wealth can corrupt morals.

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

Apocalypse type movies are simmering down but they are still quite popular. So I think it would do well in the box office - if done right. This novel has never been adapted into film I believe.


"Alas, Babylon." Those fateful words heralded the end. When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness.

What classic novels do you want to see made into modern adaptations? Share in the comments!

the caffeinated bibliophile