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The Classics Reimagined

Classics are called that for a reason. They are timeless stories that are applicable regardless of age, culture, or generation. A lot of them are remade from time to time with different characters and settings, but still classics to their core. Here are some famous classic stories and their remade counterparts.

Pygmalion

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This classic Greek story has been around for eons and has been recreated many times. Pygmalion is a Cypriot sculptor who carved a woman out of ivory, with whom he fell in love. On the day of Aphrodite’s festival, Pygmalion brought offerings to her altar, quietly wishing that the statue would come to life. Once he kissed the statue’s lips, it came to life—Aphrodite had granted her wish.

  1. My Fair Lady

When street peddler Eliza Dolittle met bachelor Henry Higgins, neither one expected to change each other’s lives. My Fair Lady is the tale of how the brash Eliza was remade into a proper lady by Henry Higgins. Early on, Henry professed his dislike for having a spouse but eventually fell for Eliza’s charm. Starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, the film is one of the most iconic movie musicals of all time.

  1. Selfie

Eliza Dooley is a sales rep whose stellar online reputation was ruined after a vomiting incident aboard a plane became viral on social media. She turns to marketing genius Henry Higgins in order to help her rebrand her image. The comedy series was cancelled after one season in 2014.

Romeo and Juliet

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Considered Shakespeare’s most famous work, Romeo and Juliet is the classic tale of forbidden love. Belonging to two quarrelling families, both Romeo and Juliet were betrothed to other people but continued to meet in secret. When Capulet agrees to marry Juliet to Count Paris, she creates a plan to fake her death in order to escape the marriage. Thinking she was dead, Romeo kills Paris in battle and drinks poison. When Juliet awoke, she found Romeo dead by her side, so she took his dagger and stabbed herself to death.

  1. West Side Story

Set in twentieth-century New York, West Side Story is a tale of forbidden love in the midst of warring gangs, the Sharks and the Jets. The story’s Juliet is Maria, whose family just migrated to the States from Puerto Rico and whose brother Bernardo is the leader of the Sharks. Romeo is embodied in Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of its leader, Riff. Just as Maria and Tony were planning to elope, false news of Maria’s death reaches Tony. Just as Tony sees her alive, he is shot. Angrily, Maria takes the gun and shouts at both sides, telling them that their hate for each other killed Tony.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

This famous children’s story tells the tale of Dorothy, who gets stuck in the magical Land of Oz after a tornado hit her home in Kansas, and her only way back is to ask for help from the Wizard in Emerald City. Along the way, she meets the Scarecrow in need of a brain, the Tin Man in need of a heart, and the Cowardly Lion in need of courage. Upon reaching the city, the Wizard agrees to help them only if they manage to kill the Wicked Witch of the West. After doing so, Dorothy’s dog, Toto, help them uncover the Wizard’s fraud. The Wizard manages to grant all their wishes except Dorothy’s. The Good Witch comes just in time and instructs her to click the heels of her silver shoes and wish herself and Toto home.

  1. Wicked

This novel by Gregory Maguire was adapted into a Broadway musical in 2003. Wicked revolves around the early years of Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. The story delves into how Glinda and Elphaba met and how the Wizard used Elphaba as a scapegoat for all the unresolved crimes in Oz. The story also mildly overlaps into the timeline of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

  1. Oz the Great and Powerful

This prequel story focuses on the origin of the Wizard, how he came to Oz and was deemed “wonderful.” The story begins when circus magician Oscar Diggs escapes the wrath of the Strongman with his hot air balloon. Unfortunately, he was sucked into a tornado and taken to the Land of Oz. Here he finds devastation caused by the king. After having her heart broken by Oscar, the wicked witch Evanora sought revenge on him and the citizens of Emerald City. Through the use of smoke, mirrors, and a projector, Oscar, Glinda, and the citizens stage a fake attack to intimidate Evanora. Once she is banished, Oscar continues to use the projector to appear as the “Wonderful” Wizard of Oz.

 

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