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'Anna Karenina' is being adapted into a YA novel with a Korean-American lead

'Anna Karenina' is being adapted into a YA novel with a Korean-American lead

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy was first published in 1878. A novel in eight parts, with more than a dozen major characters, Anna Karenina deals with themes of betrayal, faith, family, Imperial Russian society, marriage and desire.

Now, YA author and screenwriter Jenny Lee is repackaging this complex Russian classic for a younger, modern readership. Pitched as a contemporary, multicultural reinvention of Anna Karenina with elements of Crazy Rich Asians and Gossip Girl, the Anna K series will be set between Manhattan and Greenwich, featuring a Korean-American ‘it girl’. Teenage Anna is caught between her picture-perfect, family-approved boyfriend and the guy who might just be her one true love, along with her high-flying cast of friends.

The series, Anna K is scheduled for publication in 2020, and will be followed by a TV series. After a competitive rights auction this week, US company Entertainment One has acquired the TV rights to Lee’s a modern-day, multicultural adaptation of Tolstoy’s original.