In this entry about YouTube I thought I’d focus fully on webseries. These are brilliant! In most cases it’s people taking classic novels and adapting them into modern series normally via a vlog style video. This has become a massive thing on YouTube recently and there are constantly more and more appearing. This current fashions did start with the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, so you will see a lot of Jane Austen here, however there are a range of different stories appearing regularly. What is really cool about these is that most of them are completely multimedia, characters have their own twitter, tumbler, instagram and pinterest pages. This really brings stories to life as you can continue to follow the stories and even interact with the characters. As far as how these could be used in lessons; if you are studying a specific novel then you could watch along with your reading, you could use the episodes as a hook in lessons to get students thinking about how old stories are just as applicable in modern eras, or you could even get your students to create their own video in the style of one of these for whatever you are studying. There are a lot here so bear with me. Also as a quick disclaimer; some of these do have swearing in so please watch first before showing to younger students.
- The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. This is an Emmy award winning series which pretty much started off the web series adaptation phenomenon. It is brilliant, and really brings the novel into the modern day proving that Jane Austen transcends beyond it’s original era. Completed.
- The March Family Letters. A take on Little Women. Completed.
- Emma Approved. Jane Austen’s Emma, follows the development of Emma as a character really well. It has some great Lizzie Bennet crossovers, word is that this will be having some additional bits added eventually. Completed
- Frankenstein MD. Frankenstein, does take some liberties with the book, Frankenstein being a women for instance, also the science does need not to be looked at too closely, but very good. Completed.
- I didn’t write this. This one is a bit different. It’s not a modern adaptation but is taking extracts from books and poems and turning them into a short video. This is an idea I think would work really well as a project for classes.
- Nothing much to do. Shakespeares Much Ado About Nothing. This one has been very popular online Completed.
- Lovely Little Losers. Shakespears Loves Labours Lost. A continuation of the NMTD crew using another play. Still running.
- The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy. Using the characters and applying to a different story but with the same essence. This is a great example of how our mindsets are influenced by films. Now in it’s second season, it is following the characters from the book quite closely which leads to some surprising representations of Peter in the second season. Still running
- From Mansfield with Love. Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. I really like this one, it’s quite raw and is one of the few that is still English. Probably helps it’s one of my favourite books though. Still running.
- In Earnest. Oscar Wilde’s The importance of being Earnest. Very good, a lot of direct lifts of text from the play. This company is hoping to make King Arthur soons which should be good. Completed.
- Jane Eyre. The autobiography of Jane Eyre. This one starts slow but really picks up. The ending isn’t really authentic due to an actor quitting…still very good though. Complete.
- Jules and Monty. Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet. I confess I’ve only just started watching this one so can’t really fill in well, but I know that this in done in school a lot so I thought it would be useful. Completed
- Kate the Cursed. Taming of the Shrew. A shorter adaptation, well done but does hop around a bit. 10 thing is still the best adaptation though. Completed.
- Elinor and Marianne take Barton. Sense and Sensibility. Still running
And to end with just because I adore it. Classic Alice. This is very different as it isn’t an adaptation but is about a women choosing to live her life according to classic novels in order to help her appreciate them better.
Hope this is of some use to you and if I’ve missed any that you think you be useful then please tell me.