BBC Reading List with BITE!

21 Aug

I recently put the the re-imagining of a Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on my birthday wish list. As I was doing so, I noticed that Quirk Classics also has Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters coming out next month. It got me thinking about how some of the books I was forced to read in school could be improved with a bit of the supernatural or science fiction thrown in for good measure. It’s making me look at the BBC Reading List that’s been floating around Facebook in a whole new way.

Here are some of my ideas:

Jane Eyre

Imagine Mr. Rochester’s spoiled ward Adele replaced by Samara from The Ring.

To Kill a Mockingbird

After Tom is wrongly convicted of rape and is shot to death, millions of mockingbirds invade Maycomb, Georgia seeking revenge. It’s up to Atticus, Jem and Scout to save the town from the winged menace.

Wuthering Heights

Out of kindness, Mr. Earnshaw brings home an orphaned boy to live with him and his children, Cathy and Hindley. Unfortunately, little Heathcliff has more in common with Eli of Let the Right One In than just bad table manners.

Great Expectations

Pip helps a down on his luck werewolf named Provis escape to safety. In return, without Pip’s knowledge, Provis stalks Pip, protecting him from bullies in his youth and later becoming his benefactor.

Little Women

Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March are adorable, talented and lovely young witches living in Concord Massachusetts. Poor Laurie can’t help but fall under their spell.

Animal Farm

After centuries of exploitation at the hands of their vampire overlords, were-animals and shape-shifters unite to expel the vampires from the kingdom. Once the vampire threat has been neutralized, the shifters and weres begin to fight amongst themselves, with the powerful werewolves taking control and seizing the best of the kingdom for themselves.


Danish prince Hamlet has visions that his uncle killed his father so he could take the thrown, but the truth is far worse. The man who he thinks is his Uncle is really an alien and part of a widespread alien conspiracy to replace all the people of Denmark with mindless drones.


2 Responses to “BBC Reading List with BITE!”

  1. missberlish August 23, 2009 at 4:42 pm #

    Love your re-writes on To Kill A Mockingbird and Animal Farm.

    • singlarity August 24, 2009 at 2:19 am #

      Thanks. I’m gonna do some others from the reading list in another post. Maybe I’ll take on John Grisham. What do you think?

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