If you were going to rewrite a classic and adapt it to modern day (something like Clueless did for Jane Austen's Emma), which classic would you choose? How would you rewrite it?
To be honest, I really like most of the original classics and don't think they need a modern spin. I did enjoy Clueless and the modern Sherlock Holmes on the BBC, so I certainly don't think all adaptations are bad. But the idea that modern readers can't read the classics (or modern TV viewers need black and white classics "colorized" so they're more palatable) is an abhorent idea.
There are writing exercises which suggest that fledgeling writers attempt to "write like" a great author, or take one of their plots and copy them. Either one is definitely interesting to attempt. Trying to write in someone else's voice can make you more aware of voice and help you find your own. And trying to replicate the plot of a master can show you how to create better plots of your own.
I did rewrite a classic once--an Agatha Christie. I gave "Twelve Little Indians" a modern spin, but kept quite a few of her plot points (plus her crazy twist of an ending) intact, and made the story into a screenplay. It was a fun exercise, and the process of deciding which plot points to keep and which to ignore made me appreciate Agatha Christie even more. She definitely knew how to keep a story moving. But the process also made me aware of how old fashioned she was and how she was very much a product of her time.
What classics would you like to see adapted to modern day (either by you or someone else)? And which can't you stand? Do tell...