Here Are 17 Of Our Fave Teen Movies That Are Based On Our Least Fave Books We Read In School

Here Are 17 Of Our Fave Teen Movies That Are Based On Our Least Fave Books We Read In School

After all, nothing is new under the sun.

1.

Clueless (1995) is based on Emma by Jane Austen:


Paramount Pictures

Similarities: Emma follows Emma Woodhouse — an upper-class young woman — who enjoys matchmaking, frivolous things, and crushing on her not-blood-related-but-still-too-close brother-in-law, Mr. Knightly. Clueless follows Cher Horowitz — a Beverly Hills teen — who enjoys making over the disenfranchised, shopping, and flirting with her ex-step-brother, Josh.

Fun Tidbit: The character Elton from Clueless got his name from Mr. Elton in Emma.

2.

Easy A (2010) is based on The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne:


Screen Gems

Similarities: The Scarlet Letter follows Hester Prynne, who is forced to wear a scarlet letter A on her chest after having a child out of wedlock. Easy A follows Olive Penderghast, whose tales of lost virginity get exaggerated to the point of wearing a self-appointed scarlet letter A on her daily corsets.

Fun tidbit: Olive actually reads The Scarlet Letter for class and talks about the Demi Moore film adaptation.

3.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999) is based on The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare:


Buena Vista Pictures

Similarities: The Taming of the Shrew follows Katerina, a headstrong shrew, during her relationship with Petruchio, a man who “tames” her through various psychological tricks. 10 Things I Hate About You follows Kat Stratford, an antisocial teen, and Patrick Verona, who gets paid to take her out so that Joey and Cameron can date her little sister, Bianca.

Fun tidbit: Katerina and Bianca are the names of both of the main characters in Taming and 10 Things.

4.

She’s The Man (2006) is based on Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare:


DreamWorks Pictures

Similarities: Twelfth Night follows shipwrecked twins — Sebastian and Viola — and how the latter disguises herself as a man, Cesario. Cesario/Viola falls for Duke Orsino, who’s in love with Countess Olivia, who’s in love with Cesario/Viola. She’s The Man follows Viola, who disguises herself as her twin brother and goes to his school to beat her high school soccer team.

Fun tidbit: Aside from the character names, the popular pizza joint is named Cesario’s and their school is called Illyria, which is where Twelfth Night takes place.

5.

Valley Girl (1983) is based on Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare:


Atlantic Releasing

Similarities: Romeo & Juliet follows star-crossed lovers who are from feuding families and die young due to their families not being able to get along. Valley Girl follows Julie, a rich Valley girl, and Randy, a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, who fall in love against all odds.

Fun tidbit: *Spoiler alert* The couple doesn’t die in this one.

6.

Warm Bodies (2013) is based on Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare:


Summit Entertainment

Similarities: Romeo & Juliet follows star-crossed lovers who are from feuding families and die young due to their families not being able to get along. Warm Bodies follows R, a zombie, and Julie, a zombie hunter, who fall in love.

Fun tidbit: *Spoiler alert* Romeo goes from dead to alive in this one, not the other way around.

7.

Get Over It (2001) is based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare:


Miramax Films

Similarities: Midsummer follows the marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta and all the highjinks that ensue due to Puck’s mischievous and magical ways. Get Over It follows Berke Landers, who joins the school play in order to win back his girlfriend.

Fun tidbit: The play they perform in Get Over It is, you guessed it, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

8.

Cruel Intentions (1999) is based on Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos:


Columbia Pictures

Similarities: Dangerous Liaisons follows Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont — rivals and ex-lovers — who communicate via letters about the cruel pranks and mind games that they play on others. Cruel Intentions follows Kathryn Merteuil and Sebastian Valmont — step-siblings — after the former bets the latter that he can’t make an innocent virgin sleep with him.

Fun tidbit: Sebastian’s journal — which exposes all of Katheryn’s secrets — is a nod to the original novel, which was told via letters between the Marquise and the Vicomte.

9.

She’s All That (1999) is based on Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw:


Miramax Films

Similarities: Pygmalion follows Professor Higgins on his journey to turn Eliza Doolittle from a Cockney speaking girl to a woman deemed fit for London high society. She’s All That follows Zack Siler on his journey to turn Laney Boggs from an unpopular art nerd into a prom queen.

10.

O (2001) is based on Othello by William Shakespeare:


Lionsgate

Similarities: Othello follows the jealous Iago and how he lies, cheats, and kills in order to ruin the lives of those around him for his own personal gain. O follow Hugo, who’s jealous of Odin’s success and relationship with Desi and plans to tear down their relationship and cause Odin’s fall from grace.

Fun tidbit: All the names are riffs on the original names from the play: Othello/Odin, Iago/Hugo, Desdemona/Desi, Roderigo/Rodger, and Emilia/Emily.

11.

Whatever It Takes (2000) is based on Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand:


Columbia Pictures

Similarities: Cyrano follows the titular character — known for his large nose — who helps Christian woo Roxane, whom Cyrano is also in love with. Whatever It Takes follows Ryan and Chris, who help one another woo their respective love interests.

Fun tidbit: Teen movies LOVE reiterating this concept.

12.

John Tucker Must Die (2006) is based on The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare:


20th Century Fox

Similarities: Merry Wives follows Sir John Falstaff who attempts to woo the wives of some rich nobles, but when they discover his plot, they play pranks on him to teach him a lesson. John Tucker follows Beth, Heather, and Carrie, who plot to make John Tucker fall in love with Kate to get back at him for breaking up with them.

Fun tidbits: The two douchey men? Both named John.

13.

Material Girls (2006) is based on Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen:


MGM

Similarities: Sense & Sensibility follows the Dashwood sisters after their brother cuts them out of their inheritance and they are forced to marry for money. Material Girls follows Ava and Tanzie after the reputation of their makeup brand is tarnished, their house burns down, and they lose all their money.

14.

The Duff (2015) is based on Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw:


Lionsgate

Similarities: Pygmalion follows Professor Higgins on his journey to turn Eliza Doolittle from a Cockney speaking girl to a woman deemed fit for London high society. The Duff follows Bianca — the “designated, ugly, fat friend” — as she enlists the help of the popular Wesley to help bag the guitar-playing Tobey Tucker.

15.

Edward Scissorhands (1990) is based on Frankenstein by Mary Shelley:


20th Century Fox

Similarities: Victor Frankenstein is a mad scientist who creates The Monster with disastrous results. Edward Scissorhands follows the titular character — who was created by an inventor — and his attempt to assimilate into a suburban town.

Fun tidbit: Both The Monster and Edward seek refuge in attics.

16.

The Half of It (2020) is based on Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand:


Netflix

Similarities: Cyrano follows the titular character — known for his large nose — who helps Christian woo Roxane, whom Cyrano is also in love with. The Half of It follows Ellie Chu, who helps Paul Munsky write letters to Aster Flores, who they’re both crushing on.

Fun tidbit: This is not the only Netflix teen movie based on this text.

17.

Sierra Burgess is a Loser (2018) is based on Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand:


Netflix

Similarities: Cyrano follows the titular character — known for his large nose — who helps Christian woo Roxane, whom Cyrano is also in love with. Sierra Burgess follows the titular character, who catfishes Jamey into thinking that she’s Veronica because she has a crush on him.

Fun tidbit: This is not the only Netflix teen movie based on this text.

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