Posted on 08/07/2015 at 12:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Between “Go Set A Watchman” and the futuristic reboot of “Little Women,” this summer has been full of darker flashbacks to well-loved classics.

We have to admit: Our first reaction to the “Little Women” TV show was one of horror. 

But among the many things we’d forgotten (or never learned) about Louisa May Alcott was that she wasn’t exactly as prim and proper as Marmee ...

Along the same gritty lines is Christina Henry’s “Alice,” a dark fantasy — for adults — that draws inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s beloved characters.

Like Alice, James Bond is returning with some psychic scars. A comic book series about Agent 007 will come out this fall, with a return to the “original, brutal, damaged” character that Ian Fleming made famous.

Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” has once again served as the backdrop for a novel about child sexual abuse. The Guardian describes the recent “Nobody Saw No One” and 2009’s “Nicholas Dane” as excruciating but compelling.

(Need your spirits lifted after this? Try “The New World” by Andrew Motion, who drew inspiration from this novel and its predecessor from Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.”)

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