If you loved The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, here are four more book-to-web series adaptations that you need to watch.

The success of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries burst open opportunities for book-to-film adaptations on the web. Suddenly those stories that were in the public domain looked a lot more appealing, and other creators were inspired to take their creativity online.

Of course, the creators of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries have already given fans Welcome to Sanditon, and have just kicked off their third series in Emma Approved.

If you loved the modernisation of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries or are falling for Emma Approved as this new story plays out, here are 4 more web series that may be for you. All offer something new, none are the same. Some are unfinished, and some have not yet started. But they all cleverly take their inspiration from literature, and we can’t say no to that.

If you love ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries’

Inspired by ‘The Raven’: A Tell Tale Vlog

This series shows us Edgar Allen Poe as a vlogger, and is inspired by Poe’s famous poem, The Raven. A Tell Tale Vlog describes itself as a “mini-webseries”, and shows Poe attempting to write poetry, while a sassy ghost haunts his study and offers her own commentary.

Watch it because: It is actually hilarious. Edgar Allen Poe might not seem like the best comedy material, but the show has puns, literary jokes, the world’s most entertaining ghost, and a ventriloquist raven. This series is a real gem, so don’t miss out on it.

Inspired by ‘Jane Eyre’: The Autobiography Of Jane Eyre

Possibly the most common in style to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, this Jane Eyre modernisation began in February this year. In the series, Jane pulls a New Girl and find a job (rather than a house) on Craigslist. This series also incorporates several transmedia elements, including Jane’s Tumblr and Twitter.

Watch it because: Those who have read Jane Eyre know that it would be a difficult story to modernise, and poses several unique challenges. Still, somehow this team have done it, and done it well.. Jane is a self-aware, Tumblr-using, Harry Potter-reading student who is looking for a change.

Inspired by ‘Sense and Sensibility’: The Dashwood Diaries

Warning: This is an unfinished web series. One of the joys of the success of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries has fans of the show giving this web series thing a go themselves, and this is one of the best examples of that.

Watch it because: This web series is very much a do-it-yourself effort, and is heavily inspired by The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. But it’s entertaining, the relationship between the sisters is fun, and we love seeing the dual protagonists. We wish this pair had continued with the show.

Inspired by ‘Hamlet’: Hashtag Hamlet

Okay, so this one hasn’t started yet. But we are keeping a very close eye on the developments with this series, for very good reason.

Hashtag Hamlet is being developed by The Lizzie Bennet Diaries transmedia producer Jay Bushman. Hashtag Hamlet was selected for the Sundance Institute Story Lab. The series will modernise Shakespeare’s Hamlet as a “political thriller for the social media age”, and with Bushman on board we can certainly expect a creative use of multiple platforms.

Watch it because: Bushman will be joined by The Lizzie Bennet Diaries trandmedia editor Alexandra Edwards, who together won an Emmy for their work. Plus, Hamlet on YouTube? We wonder if the mortality rate will change with the medium. This is one to keep an eye on, as it develops.

Quiz: How well do you remember the 2007 Oscars?

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As the 89th Academy Awards approach, we take a trip back to 2007 to see how memorable the ceremony really was 10 years ago.

Ah, the Oscars. What a night. Glitz and glamour, lots of rich and beautiful people crying and thanking each other. What’s not to like?

Related: 2016 Oscars: Leo finally wins, Mad Max: Fury Road cleans up

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As the 89th Academy Awards approach, we take a trip back to 2007 to see how memorable the ceremony really was 10 years ago.

Ah, the Oscars. What a night. Glitz and glamour, lots of rich and beautiful people crying and thanking each other. What’s not to like?

Related: 2016 Oscars: Leo finally wins, Mad Max: Fury Road cleans up

In 10 years, will we look back at the 2017 Oscars and remember every detail of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling awkwardly accepting award after award for La La Land while the other nominees politely clap and try not to grit their teeth? Or will the event fade into distant memory?

Maybe we can get an answer to that question by dialling back the clock to 2007 and see just how clearly we remember the 79th Academy Awards.

How did you do? Tell us how well you remember the 79th Academy Awards in the comments!

The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be unveiled Tuesday, January 24.

You may know that one of those dogs-are-so-great-and-warm-our-hearts movies, A Dog’s Purpose, is hitting theaters very soon. Unfortunately, it’s now embroiled in controversy.

TMZ has released a video from the film’s Canadian set depicting a German Shepherd being forced into a fast-moving stream of water. As you can tell, the dog clearly does not want to go in it.

The most upsetting part of the video comes at the very end when we see the dog finally in the fake river but having trouble staying above water. The crew calls cut to rescue him/her.

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You may know that one of those dogs-are-so-great-and-warm-our-hearts movies, A Dog’s Purpose, is hitting theaters very soon. Unfortunately, it’s now embroiled in controversy.

TMZ has released a video from the film’s Canadian set depicting a German Shepherd being forced into a fast-moving stream of water. As you can tell, the dog clearly does not want to go in it.

The most upsetting part of the video comes at the very end when we see the dog finally in the fake river but having trouble staying above water. The crew calls cut to rescue him/her.

“Sources connected to production tell us eight outboard motors were used to churn the water and recreate a rushing river,” says TMZ. “The dog eventually got in the water — or was forced in — but was quickly submerged.”

At 1:28 in the below trailer you can see a scene that looks similar to what was being filmed in TMZ’s video:

Universal and their partners at Amblin told TMZ in a statement, “Fostering a safe environment and ensuring the ethical treatment of our animal actors was of the utmost importance to those involved in making this film and we will look into the circumstances surrounding this video.”

A Dog’s Purpose stars Dennis Quaid and Britt Robertson. It opens next Friday, January 27.

Update: Josh Gad, who voices a dog in the movie, issued the following statement on Instagram. He speaks highly of the film but says he finds the leaked video “disturbing.”

“While I do not know all of the details and cannot speak to the level of care and caution that went into this moment (as I was never on set for the marking of this film), I am shaken and sad to see any animal put in a situation against its will.”

Since apparently some of you did not see the statement I issued last night, here it is again.

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We’re suddenly way less interested in seeing this.

Moviegoers may be getting the Spidey we’ve all been hoping for! A new report reveals that Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie, set to hit theaters in 2018, will focus on the Miles Morales Spidey.

Update (January 18, 2017): Sony Animation confirmed on Wednesday, January 18 that their animated Spider-Man movie will star Miles Morales!

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Moviegoers may be getting the Spidey we’ve all been hoping for! A new report reveals that Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie, set to hit theaters in 2018, will focus on the Miles Morales Spidey.

Update (January 18, 2017): Sony Animation confirmed on Wednesday, January 18 that their animated Spider-Man movie will star Miles Morales!

Original story (May 2016): Heroic Hollywood, who has a good record of breaking superhero news, is the source behind the exciting development. As was previously announced, the animated Spider-Man movie will be produced by LEGO Movie helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The duo are also set to direct the Star Wars Han Solo spinoff for Lucasfilm.

Who is Miles Morales? As we wrote in a lengthy tell-all about the character last year:

Miles Morales is the current Spider-Man in Marvel’s Ultimate Comics series. Introduced in 2011, Miles is a black-hispanic young man who, like Peter Parker, is a talented scientist and self-proclaimed nerd. However, unlike his predecessor, Morales steps into the superhero’s shoes at the surprisingly young age of 13.

Raised in Brooklyn, Miles was born into a family plagued by criminal activity. Before settling down with his wife Rio, Miles’s father Jefferson used to be crime partners with his brother Aaron (Miles’s uncle). However, where Jefferson tried to shrink away from the lifestyle, Aaron continues to embrace it — assuming the role of classic Marvel villain the Prowler. After pulling off a heist on Oscorp, Aaron unknowingly takes a genetically modified spider home with him. It is at Aaron’s house that Miles is bit by the spider and starts the transformation into Spider-Man.

Where Peter Parker relished the opportunity to become spidey, Miles is reluctant to enter the world of vigilantism. What’s more, his family’s criminal history causes him to question whether or not he can ever be a hero, or if evil is hardwired into him.

Oh, and one other cool thing about him: The guy is immortal, unlike the Peter Parker version of Spider-Man.

Related: Who is Miles Morales? We explain everything

The rumor mill was alive with chatter about the MCU’s Spidey being the Miles Morales version last year, but obviously those reports never panned out. The Peter Parker version of Spider-Man was introduced in Captain America: Civil War, played by Tom Holland. He’s getting his own spinoff film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, next year.

Telling the Miles Morales story on screen may be just the thing the animated Spider-Man movie needs in order for it to draw people into the theaters in December 2018. We’ve had enough Peter Parker stories!

2018 will be a great year for super hero diversity: Marvel’s Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman will be released a few months earlier.