The Classics book tag…

1. An overhyped classic you really didn’t like? I am going to have to say Gulliver’s Travels by Johnathan Swift, I had to read it last year and I just could not read it. I TRIED, I really tried. 

2. Favourite time period to read about? Now this is hard, can I not just say all of them? The Victorian period is definitely one of my all time favourites to read about. Charles Dickens, ahh Charles…your work has truly influenced me so much. Then, there is the 1920, oh the wonderful jazz age, excess and The American Dream. Fitzgerald, I could read his writing over and over again, give my The Great Gatsby any day and I will devour it. I just love the radical representation of women.  

3. Favourite fairy-tale-  I adore looking at fairy-tales, especially on my degree because all the hidden sexuality really fascinates me. Enough that I am probably going to do my dissertation on the sexuality within children’s literature.  I would have to say my ultimate favourite is either Peter Pan or Little Red Riding Hood. 

4. What is the classic you’re most embarrassed about having not read- Animal Farm by George Orwell,  how am I 20 and not read it yet. As an English Literature student I am disgusted in myself. 

5. Top 5 classics you would like to read  1. Animal Farm by George Orwell. 2. East of Eden by John Steinbeck. 3. A tale of two cities by Charles Dickens. 4. Anne Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. 5. Far from the Maddling Crowd by Thomas Hardy. 

6. Favourite modern book/series based on a classic –  Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding which is based on Pride and Prejudice.  As a child, I always watched classics like Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre with my nan, so they have really influenced my reading preferences. 

Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding (Pride and Prejudice)
7. Favourite movie version/tv-series based on a classic – Pretty much any BBC adaptation of a classic, for example the BBC adaptation of North and South. That is the first one that comes to mind, due to the fact I recently studied the novel for my degree. I love me some Gaskell. 

8. Worst classic to movie adaptation I really cannot think of one right now, tell me yours and we can discuss it. 

9. Favourite edition(s) you’d like to collect more classics from 1.The Penguin Classics are always lovely to look and I have many on my bookshelf. 2. Barnes and Noble Leather bound Classics collection. Forget diamonds, I want all of them. Love me? Buy me a classics book all the way. 

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10. An underhyped classic you’d recommend to everyone- I don’t know if it is an under-hyped classic but every time I go on a fan-girl rant about it ,  no one knows what I am going on about. Do I need to get new friends? But…100% EVERYONE needs to read On The Road By Jack Kerouac. OH, the writing is beautiful. 

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11 thoughts on “The Classics book tag…

  1. Great tag! I think I’m gonna pocket this one for a rainy day post 🙂
    And no worries on not reading Animal Farm yet. I’m even older and haven’t gotten to it either…

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  2. I wasn’t a huge fan of Animal Farm to be honest. I might be in the minority with that statement. I do love Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities though. I go back and reread it every so often. And call me crazy but I did enjoy The Grapes of Wrath. 🙂

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  3. And rightly so you should be disgusted with yourself for not reading Animal Farm yet. But you redeemed yourself by placing it as number one on your top five classics to-read list. 🙂

    There is a benefit to reading Animal Farm later in life, though. If you read it when you’re too young you may not grasp the depth of its allegory if your life experiences (and knowledge of history, power, and politics) are limited. Without that background a reader can finish it and think, “That was a sad story about farm animals.” With a better understanding of life, you finish the it with a profound love for what Orwell accomplished in such a small book and a far better understanding for how evil regimes come to power.

    And as a bonus, you realize how timeless the book is when you see everything in it repeating itself before your very eyes in our current government(s). When you get around to reading it, I’d love to now how you liked it.

    – J. L. Pattison

    P.S. The overhyped classic I didn’t like is Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. I wanted to like it, but just couldn’t. I was greatly disappointed with it.

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  4. Peter Pan is amazing!!! When I took critical theory I was able to use it for everything. I even used it for my end term paper on queer and feminist theory. Also Mansfield Park is the worst classical to movie adaptation… But I might be the only one in the world who likes Fanny just the way she is.

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