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Friday, February 8, 2013

Makeovers


by Marquita Valentine


Who doesn't love a good makeover story? Well, me for one, I prefer that the hero or heroine already be head-over-heel in love with the other. But that's just me. Okay, so maybe sometimes I like a really, really good makeover story.

Anyway, I digress.

The types of makeovers I'm talking are literary and historical, like these:



Perhaps a little too over the top...But what about these movies:


This is actually Austen's Emma!




Based on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew


Sometimes remaking a movie, historical facts or even a book by putting a new twist on it can be an amazing thing. While other times you really wish people would just leave the classics ALONE!*

Has there been a movie or book you've read that you loved (or hated) that claimed to be the new, improved twist on the older version?

*This post is brought to you today by last night's viewing of the movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer.




13 comments:

  1. I think my favorite makeover would be West Side Story (Romeo and Juliet). I have not yet ventured into the makeover world involving zombies or vampires. I am sure I will eventually.

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    1. Jane Charles,

      WSS is a great example of a makeover gone right. Yeah, zombies and vampires take some getting used to. ;)

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  2. I really enjoyed Beastly, which is a makeover story of Beauty and the Beast. :)

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    1. Samantha, I read that book and really enjoyed it. Never saw the movie though. :}

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  3. Marquita they remade 21 Jump Street last year I think and I still haven't gone to see it yet. I grew up on that show and I refuse to see the movie because 21 Jump street wasn't a comedy show and they've made the movie funny. It doesn't fit. So I won't go see it, despite the fact that I watched every single episode while growing up. It was my first love affair with Johnny Depp and I have adored him ever since. Great blog!

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    1. Suzie,

      I did watch it and actually liked it. It was way better than I thought it would be. Plus CHANNING TATUM!!!! ;)

      Thanks!

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    2. I actually watched it too. I thought it was funny. At first I didn't like it, but after nothing really on I have seen it a couple of times its not bad. Plus, I actually loved the cameo of Johnny Depp. I thought that was hilarious.

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  4. Aww - Heath Ledger :( They did a great job with that remake, and Clueless will always be one of my favs :)

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    1. Wasn't he so dreamy. And when he sang to her...And when she read her list of 10 things, I wanted to die. So much angst. I loved, loved that movie!

      How can anyone (Although I know there has to be one person) not like Clueless. It totally captured the 90s!

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  5. There was a Hallmark movie that was just shown that was a remake of My Fair Lady without the singing. It was cute. I love Clueless. As if. Get Smart wasn't bad, I loved Get Smart as a kid. However, it is scary to see remakes of movies I enjoyed as a kid. I'm like NOOOOOO! However, I guess that is life.

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  6. I've been trying to comment all day from a hellish car ride out of the North to my home in NC! I agree with Jane but I also LOVE the remake of Romeo and Juliet... The modern take with Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio!

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  7. There are very few song remakes that I like. I always sing the original version in my head.

    I liked the remake of Sabrina with Harrison Ford better than the original but that might be because I can relate to a photography internship better than a trip to France to learn to cook. I've heard they are remaking The Mummy yet again. Not sure how I feel about that.

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  8. The worst one I saw in the bookstore was Little Women and Werewolves. ugh!

    Love Clueless! I do get a little tired of all remakes all the time, though. Sometimes it seems like they outnumber the original content!

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