Do These Classic Books Need a Contemporary Twist?

Hollywood producers are a crafty bunch. Knowing full well that the book is almost always better than the movie, they’ll sometimes "update" beloved source material to what they consider an audience's contemporary cultural appetite.  Cases in point: Stuart Little, Treasure Planet, Enchanted, 10 Things I Hate About You, Dr. Dolittle, Matilda, Nancy Drew, and the upcoming Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars. The results are mixed, but the pitfalls are always enormous.

Here's a hypothetical list of what could happen to some favorite kid books if and when Hollywood adds "a modern twist."

Charlotte's Website
Harold and the Big Purple Stylus
The Lion, The Witch, and the Mall
Little House off the Interstate
The Phantom Facebook Page
Roll of Thunder, Get My Email
Sarah, Plain But With a Nose Job
Heather Has Two Divorcing Mommies

Clifford, the Big Red Avatar
Junie B. Jones: Freshman Year
Whole Wheat Bread and Hummus for Frances
Apps for Sale
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Hybrid
Puss in Jimmy Choos
Alexandra and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Status Report
Blogs of a 4th Grade Nothing
Horton Hatches an Egg White
Martha Texts!

The Mouse and the Segway
Are You There God? It’s Me, Bweezy235
Horton Hears a Ringtone
If You Give a Mouse a Mousepad
Papa, Please Get 'Grand Theft Auto' For Me?
Green Eggs and IM

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