Ah, classic literature, I’ve loved it since 9th grade when my beloved English teacher (“Mama B,” we called her) got me hooked. Today is my birthday, so I’m especially grateful to Charley @ BooksAndBakes for giving me this opportunity to walk down Classic Book Memory Lane by tapping me for this Classic Books tag. Here goes. . .
An overhyped classic you didn’t really like:
Anything by Ernest Hemingway (except The Old Man and the Sea). His sparse writing style and testosterone-fueled navel-gazing just doesn’t suit me.
Favorite time period to read about:
1800s England–thanks in no small part to Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, and Charles Dickens.
Favorite fairy tale:
I’m having a conniption trying to limit myself to one favorite fairy tale. Fairy tales are life! How to choose? I’ll compromise and say my favorite is any fairy tale with a princess in it. Wait, then there’s Jack and the Beanstalk. But that’s not my favorite. Hansel and Gretel? Rumpelstiltskin? No, how about anything by the Brothers Grimm? Does Peter Pan count as a fairy tale? Alright…I’ll go with Cinderella. Yes, I love the magic and how the good-hearted, mistreated girl gets her comeuppance.
What is the most embarrassing classic you haven’t read?
I am not proud to admit I’ve never read a Shakespearen play in its entirety. I’ve seen Shakespearean plays–does that count?
Top 5 classics you’d like to read soon:
- The Art of War by Sun Tzu
- Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- Faust by Goethe
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Yes, that is six, which is five in book junkie terms.
Favorite modern book/series based on a classic:
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley (a modern retelling of King Lear). Not that I looooved A Thousand Acres, but it’s the only retelling of a classic book I’ve read that comes to mind.
Favorite movie version / TV series based on a classic:
1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). Watching this movie honestly felt like seeing the book come to life.
2. Sense and Sensibility (1995)starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, screenplay by Emma Thompson, directed by Ang Lee. Loved it!
Worst classic to movie adaptation:
A classic novel that made a big impression on me emotionally was The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne. Unfortunately, the movie adaptation with Demi Moore (who I’ve liked in other films) didn’t do the story justice.
Favorite edition(s) you would like to collect more classics from:
I’m not gonna lie, I do not understand this question.
An under-hyped classic you’d recommend to everyone:
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. It’s weird in the best way and masterfully written.
While I admit I’m really interested in reading your responses to this Classic Books tag, if you’re, y’know, busy getting ready for Valentine’s Day or whatever, feel free to pass. 🙂 –Eve