In order to do an Elizabeth Gaskell novel, you'd need to make it relevant to the here and now. Gaskell was very much writing about the issues of Victorian England, particularly regarding women's plight in society. I'm not saying you couldn't make it relevant, but whereas Dickens, for example wrote about universal themes, Gaskell's novels are very much products of their time.
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