7 Classic Books You Don’t Know You’ve Watched

Are all those books on your must-read list piling up? Well you might be able to cross some classics off your list, as you’ve probably already seen these popular adaptations.

  1. Bridget Jones’ Diary

Although the popular 2001 romantic comedy may say “based on the book by Helen Fielding”, the storyline is inspired by Jane Austen’s 1813 classic novel Pride and Prejudice. Thanks to Austen, us romantics have two guilty pleasures to indulge in.


  1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

The ‘one that started it all’ actually started 125 years before Disney’s famous 1937 animated film. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was based on The Brothers Grimm’s 1812 classic German fairy tale ‘Snow White’.


  1. 10 Things I Hate About You

What happens when you mix Heath Ledger’s good looks and William Shakespeare’s literary genius? The answer: Teen-movie 10 Things I Hate About You. The popular 90s movie about a girl who cannot date until her older sister does, is adapted from Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew written in 1590.


  1. She’s the Man

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is full of masterful disguises, but none of them better than it’s disguised adaptation She’s The Man. The 2006 comedy starring Amanda Bynes is a modern day retelling of the 1602 play about Viola, who dresses as her twin brother Sebastian but then falls in love with Duke Orsini. But he himself is smitten with Olivia, who has just met ‘Sebastian’ and has fallen madly in love. Looks like dating was just as confusing in Shakespeare’s time as it is now.


  1. The Little Mermaid

This one might be a little obvious; Disney’s 1989 animation The Little Mermaid is inspired by the classic fairy tale of the same name by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen. I know what you’re thinking, Disney was creative with the name, right?


  1. Clueless

The 1995 coming-of-age film Clueless follows a rich teen as she plays matchmaker for her friends, transforms bad dressers into style icons and slowly learns that social status and high heels aren’t the most important things in life. Swap Beverly Hills for the picturesque English countryside, the miniskirts for modest gowns and you’ll find the storyline is almost identical to that of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma.


  1. The Lion King

Children’s favourite The Lion King may be all smiles, but the animation is adapted from the Shakespearian tragedy Hamlet. The storyline follows a young Prince who is exiled from the throne but returns home to avenge his father’s murder. Despite Shakespeare’s originally dark plot, Disney’s magic touch gives the story their trademark happily ever after. And a lot more lions. Naturally.


Rhiannon Everton

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