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Katherina contemplates her empty plate in The ...

Katherina contemplates her empty plate in The Taming of the Shrew (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are keen on classic literature, you may sense something familiar in these modern teen films.

Take Valley Girl (1983). Deborah Foreman, the valley girl and Nicholas Cage, a punk fall in love to the objection of their social circles who are fundamentally opposites. I sniff Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet theme in it.

Clueless, released in 1995, follows the plot of a novel written a century and eight decades ago – Jane Austen’s Emma. I could have just said a hundred and eighty years ago or drop a visually numeral 1815 but I thought you might have fun with the math. Finding out how long have creations been around is part of the appeal of why they are classic. See the similarity: a rich girl (Alicia Silverstone, Clueless) has got a ‘project’ which is helping her friends with fashion choices, and yes, boyfriend choices too.  The Emma heroine plays matchmaker for Harriet Smith.

In 1999 I passed up watching “10 Things I Hate About You” because I have had enough hatred in actual life to deal with. The truth is I wasn’t aware the film was based on some of my favorites things – classic literature. Had I known it was I would have watched it. This time I’ll get to see how good and nice a retelling it is of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.

And how about From Prada to Nada? It is said to be a Latina spin on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.


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