I came across this book tag here, and thought I’d give it a go!
- A hyped classic that you really didn’t enjoy:
I didn’t enjoy The Great Gatsby, I felt the narrator was just too dull. I know that was the point, to juxtapose the riches and adventure of the other characters but he was just too dry for me. I also really, really didn’t like Frankenstein.
2. Favourite time period to read about:
I think the beauty of reading Classics is that you get to read about lots of different time periods and cultures. I loved reading about a wide variety of periods, Anne Karenina, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Pride & Prejudice, Wuthering Heights… etc
3. Favourite Fairytale:
Snow White. In all its incarnations. Love love love. And Sleeping Beauty.
4. What classic are you embarrassed to admit you haven’t read:
I have’t read To Kill a Mockingbird and I find that a little bit embarrassing. I did try but I just didn’t get on with it. I’m not massively embarrassed that I haven’t read it, but with the release of Go Set a Watchman it’s come up more than I would like to admit.
5. Top five classics you want to read next:
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy (finish it)
The Castle – Franz Kafka
Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
6. Favourite modern book/series based on a classic:
Hmm, recently I really enjoyed Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn, which is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights/Arabian Nights.
7. Favourite movie adaptation/tv series based on a classic:
Hands down the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. You know, the one with Colin Firth as Mr Darcy and the famous wet white shirt scene. I loved that it stuck faithfully to the novel and really brought it to life. I think Mrs Bennett is portrayed perfectly!! I also really like the Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet film Sense & Sensibility.
8. Worst classic to screen adaptation:
I didn’t think much of the Tom Hardy Wuthering Heights adaptaion. Young Cathy and Heathcliff were far too old and it just made me uncomfortable.
9. Favourite editions you’d like to collect more classics from:
I love the Barnes and Noble leather-bound classics. I have Andrew Lang’s collection of Fairytales from Around the World in it and it’s stunning. I’d like to get the Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection in that edition. I also LOVE all Vintage books. Those red spines…ugh. Although lately I’ve been getting American hardbacks through Amazon and I find they’re much better than English hardbacks…I’m not sure why that is but they always lie flat which makes reading them even more of a pleasure. So I wouldn’t mind getting more American hardbacks.
10. An under-hyped classic you’d recommend to everyone:
Ooh this is a hard one. I think the very fact that they are classics means that they’re all ‘hyped’ but I’ll have to pick Sherlock Holmes. I started reading the complete collection on the recommendation of a friend when I was revising for my A Levels as she said that the stories are such a nice length that it’s easy to dip in and out of. I am sooo thankful she recommended them to me as I probably would never have picked it up otherwise. I love Sherlock Holmes so much. I love that I can’t predict the outcome of the investigations and I like how sassy Sherlock is. The friendship between Sherlock and Watson is so enduring and it’s just brilliant. I haven’t read a story that I didn’t like and it’s a really great ongoing series. I still haven’t finished reading them all as I pick it up when I’m inbetween books/in the bath/sad etc… I think everyone should give it a go. There’s a kind of misconception that Sir Author Conan Doyle writes dryly and boring but that is not at all the case.
I tag anyone who fancies it and Poppy Coburn if you want to give it a go!