Friday, March 13, 2015

The Classics Booktag

I saw this book tag over at Fly but it originally came from It's a Book World. I love tags and I love classics so I'm going to fill it out! :)

An overhyped classic you didn't really like

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald- I hope to re-read it sometime and see if maybe my opinion has changed with time. 

Favorite time period to read about

Whatever the Pride and Prejudice time period is. ;)

Favorite fairy tale

Hmmm. Good question. I'm partial to Beauty and the Beast but that might be because of the Disney film. 

What is the most embarrassing classic you haven't read yet

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Top five classics you'd like to read soon

  1. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  2. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  3. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens
  4. The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde
  5. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Favorite Modern book/series based on a classic

Beauty by Robin McKinley 

Favorite movie version /TV-series based on a classic

1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice obviously!!!

Worst classic to movie adaptation

The 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and the 2007 adaptation of Mansfield Park are tied. I've heard the 1999 adaptation of Mansfield Park is pretty bad but I haven't bothered with it.

Favorite editions you'd like to collect more classics from

Hmmm. I don't normally pay attention to additions but let me think. I'd say the Barnes and Noble collectibles are very nice indeed and I'd love to have more of them. :)

An under hyped classic I'd recommend to everyone

I feel like Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey don't get the credit Jane Austen's other novels do so I'd say those two. Also, Our Mutual Friend, Little Dorrit and Hard Times are three Dickens novels I read last year that I don't hear as much about either that are awesome! 

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  1. Great tag! For me, the most overhyped classic is Catcher in the Rye. I read that for the first time last year and I just didn't get it. I hated the main character and more importantly, I hated how he thought EVERYTHING (and everyone) was pretentious. I think Holden was pretentious. Ha. I love the movie Gone with the Wind and I am not sure why I have never read the book. I hope to change that later this year though. :)

    1. I haven't read Catcher in the Rye yet but I overheard a conversation between two of my coworkers the other day, one of whom loved it and the other one had the same opinion as you did. I'm thinking though that I probably won't like it if the character is really pretentious but thinks everyone else is. Those kinds of characters grate on me.

  2. Ooh, methinks I will fill out this tag, it looks like fun! :)

    If you watch the 1999 adaptation of Mansfield Park thinking it's not an adaptation of the book, then it's a pretty decent watch. But as an adaptation, no, so much no. I like the 2007 adapation all things considered but it's just too short! lol. I'm still waiting for someone to re-adapt it for a miniseries that's closer to the book. Fanny's a lot more interesting/stronger than people realise.

    Omg, yes to Our Mutual Friend for Charles Dickens (also Little Dorrit but so much so for OMF). It always seems to get left out in the lists for some reason, and one of the last to get shiny new covers. What is up with that? And it's such a fantastic book too...

    1. What really grated on me about the 2007 adaptation was casting Billie Piper as Fanny. It just isn't her role. They really do need to re-adapt it for a miniseries!


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