Shout-out the The Orang-utan Librarian for tagging me in the Classics Tag (told you I’d get to it eventually)! Woooo! Let’s be all cultured and shit and talk about the *classics.* I’m even going to leave all the British spellings in the post questions just to feel extra fancy. Lez go.
An over-hyped classic you didn’t really like:
Is there such thing as an “over-hyped” classic? Anyway, I’ve talked about On the Road by Jack Kerouac before and how I wanted to like it but just couldn’t. I actually didn’t even finish it, which doesn’t often happen to me. I’m just not cool enough, apparently.
Favourite time period to read about:
Yikes. I can’t choose between the Georgian and Victorian eras. Don’t make me.
Favourite fairy tale:
Gotta go with the Grimm’s version of Cinderella. I also love the Perrault version, but you really can’t beat the cutting off of the toes and heels and pecking out of the eyes in Grimm.
What is the most embarrassing classic you haven’t read?
There’s an embarrassing list of Shakespeare plays I haven’t read, at the top of which is Othello. I know. Trust me, I know.
Top 5 classics you’d like to read soon:
Moby Dick, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and The Count of Monte Cristo
Favourite modern book/series based on a classic:
The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. What are you doing with your life if you love classics and don’t also love these books?
Favourite movie version / TV series based on a classic:
Ok, so there are those that are exceptional, but instead of saying the same old ones that everyone agrees are classics in themselves, I’m gonna be realistic. My favorite movie adaptation of a classic is Muppet Treasure Island. There’s really nothing better. I don’t think there’s even a better movie, really.
Worst classic to movie adaptation:
I might need to dodge some rotten veggies on this one, but I am not a fan of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Emma. Emma is my fave Austen novel, so I have real high standards for it, and that movie just lacked.
Favourite edition(s) you would like to collect more classics from:
Penguin Classics! Like the original orange ones. They are SO hard to find in the US, and if you do find them, they’re either titles no one has heard of/cares about, or they are in horrible shape. It’s my quest to own at least a few good ones.
An under-hyped classic you’d recommend to everyone:
Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson. You can read my recommendation post raving about this book if you want to know why I love it. It’s beautiful.
…and anyone who loves classics!