We're no strangers to film or TV adapations of best-selling novels and other pieces of literature. But in case you're still looking for other ways to consume your favorite literary pieces in a different form, YouTube, as always, is the best place to be!
From poetry readings and classic novel retellings to young adult interpretations and book reviews, we listed the YouTube channels for the literary geek in you. Don't forget to hit "Subscribe"!
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
A modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is one of the pioneers when it comes to vlog-format adpatations of classic literay pieces. Aren't you curious to see what a modern-day Mr. Darcy would be like?
I Didn’t Write This
YouTuber Yulin Kuang doesn't wait for big-screen adaptations of her favorite books–she films them herself. In her channel, you'll see her own interpretations of well-loved pieces like John Green's Looking For Alaska, Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, and the recent Netflix hit, Jenny Han's To All The Boys I've Loved Before.
A retelling with a modern approach, Pemberley Digital's Emma Approved series is an adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma which follows the on-cam life of a professional match-maker. With 72 episodes in total, the first season of Emma Approved ran from 2013-2014. But don't fret because the series was revived just a couple of months ago!
The March Family Letters
If you love the classics, you’ll also love The March Family Letters. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, it started off as an independently produced web series but then partnered with Pemberly Digital to have a wider audience reach. In this adaptation, they record videos for Marmee instead of sending letters like in the original material. Warning: "Dear Marmee" is an earworm that can't be easily removed from your system!
A lot of people discovered spoken word poetry through YouTube, and one of the best channels to subscribe to is Button Poetry. With over million subsribers, Button Poetry is a community of spoken word artists who share their performances and have helped spread this live art online.
Yup, being a "BookTuber" is a thing. Basically they are like book bloggers but now with the added pressure of being able to speak well in front of a camera and having to show their personality. One of the most well-known BookTubers is xtineMAY of polandbananasBOOKS who is the queen of the BookTube community with over 400,000 subscribers under her belt. She has featured a lot of popular authors like Twilight's Stephanie Meyer, The Mortal Instruments' Cassandra Clare, Divergent's Veronica Roth among others. She also attended premiere screenings and has featured actors from various book-to-movie adaptations like The Fault In Our Stars' Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley.
Discovering the hidden literary side of YouTube is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me as a nerd. When I finish an underrated book, I’ll just search for it on YouTube, and there I could talk to or relate to BookTubers that have read them. When I’m not in the mood to read, I just watch these modern adaptations of the classics. And when I need a dose of angst, I watch poets perform their pieces.
Who would have thought that literature can still thrive in the digital age?
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