Tag: Classics Book Tag

So, I’ve been debating doing a tag blog for a while but have been worried about translating a BookTube tag to a blog post because a lot of things are reliant on reaction to things. I’ll say it again – I wish I had the confidence to be a part of the booktube community. But more on my introversion in a future post (I’m currently reading Quiet by Susan Cain which is about introversion/extroversion so seriously, watch this space).

Anyway, the lovely Samatha (Novels and Nonsense) posted a video on the Classics Book Tag which is right up my alley and, also, very easily translated to a blog post. So I decided to give it a go! The original can be found here as a blog post!

Questions:

1. An overhyped classic you really didn’t like:
2. Favourite time period to read about
3. Favourite fairy-tale
4. What is the most embarrassed classic you haven’t read yet
5. Top 5 classics you would like to read (soon)
6. Favourite modern book/series based on a classic
7. Favourite movie version/tv-series based on a classic
8. Worst classic to movie adaptation
9. Favourite edition(s) you’d like to collect more classics from
10. An underhyped classic you’d recommend to everyone

1. An overhyped classic you really didn’t like

For this I’m going to have to pick Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I can appreciate it’s mastery, I love the song by the blessed Kate Bush but… I tried 3 or 4 times to complete this novel (succeeded once) and it was just a chore. I hated everyone, everything and just… I wanted to love this book so much. A friend and I recently had a discussion about it and he studied it at A Level and loved it – but said he wouldn’t have loved it if he had read it purely for pleasure so maybe that’s the problem, I read it for pleasure and didn’t analyse it.

However, I was bought the Penguin Clothbound edition of this which is beautiful. It’s a shame when a book you dislike has so many beautiful editions and it takes up space on your shelf but… it just looks pretty!

2. Favourite period to read about

This is a pretty difficult question to answer, actually! I don’t really think about the period in which books are set. I guess the majority of books I read that are classics/modern classics are probably 19th and 20th century. I’ve been reading a lot of Dickens lately, and then there’s the Bronte’s, Lewis Caroll, Wilkie Collins which were all 19th Century. As for 20th Century, of course there is du Maurier, and Virginia Woolf, Steinbeck, Orwell and also THE WIZARD OF OZ!

3. Favourite Fairytale

I will always love Andersen! The originals are dark and creepy but I have much love for my Penguin Clothbound edition of Andersen’s fairytales. As a child my favourite was always The Ugly Duckling! I can’t find it now but I had the cutest edition of it when I was little – I can still picture the illustrations!

4. What is the most embarrassed classic you haven’t read yet

My lack of Austen is a little embarrassing I suppose! Most people start with Austen but I’ve tried numerous times and failed. I AM going to try again this year. I am! Also, I’ve not read The Great Gatsby. I don’t think this is such a thing in the UK as Gatsby isn’t really on any ‘core’ syllabus but I still feel a little weird in that I’ve not read any Fitzgerald!

5. Top 5 classics you would like to read (soon)

So to the left is the 5 that when thrown in my room I went “that one”. From the top we have:

The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
The Jungle Books – Rudyard Kipling
Frenchman’s Creek – Daphne du Maurier

There are varying reasons from it’s been on my shelf for ages (Grapes of Wrath) and I’ve been procrastinating reading it to it was an impulse buy because someone I love loves it (The Jungle Books)

6. Favourite modern book/series based on a classic

There have been some really good retellings of fairytales/folk tales which I’ve adored. I read Angela Carter’s Fairytales a while back (there is a review on here somewhere) and I really enjoyed those!

Also, The Hours. Seriously if you have not read it, read it!
7. Favourite movie version/tv-series based on a classic

There are so many here!

Firstly, my favourite adaptation of all time, BBC Jane Eyre series. Seriously one of the best 4-part-dramas ever! It was broadcast not long after I first read the book and everything was just how I imagined it. It was simply beautiful. Ruth Wilson is Jane in my head whenever I reread it now! Obviously there is A Christmas Carol and it’s numerous adaptations which I talked about in my review of it in December. I will always love the Patrick Stewart adaptation – but have a soft spot for both The Muppets and the Flintstones retellings however much they sway from the plot!

Honourable mention goes to Kenneth Brannagh’s MacBeth with Alex Kingston. Truly a masterpiece, while not TV or Film, I did go and see it in the cinema and if you ever stumble upon it – WATCH IT. And on the Shakespeare note, obviously The Lion King. Then there are things like Sherlock, and The Wizard of Oz that while not perfectly true to the books do hold a special place in my heart.

I’m sure given time I could think of plenty more!

8. Worst classic to movie adaptation

I hated the movie adaptation of Jane Eyre. Maybe this is because I loved the BBC TV adaptation of it so much, I don’t know. Also, Hitchcock’s Rebecca – mainly because (by law) they changed the ending which just made it all irrelevant. There are a lot of adaptations that are on my “to watch” list that I still haven’t got around to…

9. Favourite edition(s) you’d like to collect more classics from

Penguin Clothbound Classics – naturally. They are just beautiful and I love reading them. They just feel so lovely in your hands and yes. I do lust after a full collection, one day!
Penguin English Library – I also love these, I do love a paperback and my only bug with these is that they’ve done away with the sort of rubberised texture covers!
Penguin Modern Classics – These just look so beautiful on a shelf! I adore them. They’re also generally really well published/set out/easy to read which is a plus!
Persephone Classics  anyone who hasn’t seen these, google them. They are beautiful. I have a solitary one on my shelf that looks a bit lonely but I have nowhere to put any more right now!

10. An underhyped classic you’d recommend to everyone

THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL! Seriously. #JusticeForAnneBronte and all that. No in all seriousness, if you’ve loved Jane Eyre or even Wuthering Heights, seriously try this book for the love of all that is holy. Please. You’ll not regret it!

Phew! I’m sure there’ll be more tags in the future – I had far too much fun doing this! Let me know if there are any you’d like to see me do, simply because as a blogger I don’t get the tags (sadtimes) so prod me in the right direction!

2 thoughts on “Tag: Classics Book Tag

  1. I hope you get on better with Austen this time around. I’d avoided them in the past but I’ve read a lot of them recently and I’m really enjoying them, Emma especially (though I don’t rate Pride and Prejudice very highly). 🙂

    • I hope I do too! I feel like I’ve missed out on something – I didn’t mind Persuasion but I actually watched the adaptation first so I think I may have to do that in future (breaking my “books first” rule). So it may have to wait until Summer!

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