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.
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.