I was tagged ages ago by Erika over at @erikainbookventureland to do The Classics Book Tag, originally created by It’s a Book’s World. And so I’m finally getting around to this lovely and fun-looking tag 🙂
I enjoy reading classics, so let’s dive right in head first, shall we?
An overhyped classic you didn’t really like.
This one specifically, but anything by Hemingway in general. He is…just..ughhhh. Don’t even get me started or I’ll rant until my face is as blue as this stupid sea. Yes, throw you’re punches at me: It’s a Metaphor, His simplicity is awe-inspiring, yada yada yada, I don’t care. He was a shitty person and his writing’s not even that good.
*disclaimer: I’m not trying to offend anyone. If you like this dude, that’s fine. I’m not looking for an argument. Just my own opinion that he’s one of my least favorite classic writers.
Favourite time period to read about.
Favourite fairy tale.
Of course we all know most of the retellings of these stories. I was both surprised and not when I read this collection to find out our favorite fairy tales are much more violent than we’ve been taught.
Out of this collection, the two stories I remember the best and like to talk about most are the tales of Rapunzel and Cinderella. So, over the years (I read this awhile ago when I was still in high school), these two stories have become easy favorites of mine.
What is the most embarrassing classic you haven’t read?
As the self-proclaimed feminist that I am, I can’t believe I haven’t read this classic piece of feminist literature. What’s even more embarrassing is that I’ve owned a copy for about 7 years now…
Top 5 classics you would like to read soon.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – For reasons stated above.
Dune by Frank Herbert – With Science Fiction being my favorite genre, it’s amazing I haven’t read this acclaimed classic.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – I’m fascinated by everything about and surrounding Christie, yet I haven’t read any of her work. Shame on me.
Don Quixote by Cervantes – I’ve actually read this book already. I read it in Spanish when I was studying the language in high school. But, I’d like to reread it, perhaps side by side again in Spanish as well as in English.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – Wilde is one of my favorite authors, and I have yet to read his most acclaimed work. This needs to be rectified.
*What’s Worse: Is that I own all of these books except Don Quixote. I own 2 copies of Dorian Gray. I need to get around to these!
Favourite modern book/series based on a classic.
Ohmigosh! This book is perfect for any classic lover (like myself :P). It’s so much fun and downright hilarious. I laughed the whole way through.
Favourite movie version/tv-series based on a classic.
I have a thing for Colin Firth. Heheh.
Honestly though, these adaptations are both excellent. I have literally zero complaints about them. They’re perfect.
Worst classic to movie adaptation.
I finally read this book. A few weeks after finishing, I rewatched the movie. (Which actually happens to be just last week.)
I do enjoy this movie. As a piece of cinema it’s quite impressive, but as a book adaptation it misses a lot of the plot points king used and made in his writing.
Even if I don’t think the movie encompasses well what the book did, I still recommend them. They’re both interesting in their own way and classics for a reason.
Favourite edition(s) you would like to collect more classics from.
The new Penguin Classics series is beautiful :O and I’m dying over the fact that I can’t afford any of the gorgeous covers right now!
An underhyped classic you’d recommend to everyone.
Arguably, Jane Austen’s best work. This book deserves far more attention than it gets.
That was so much fun! Thanks again Erika for tagging me 😀
*disclaimer: No need to participate if you don’t want to, and if you do want to but I haven’t specifically tagged you, you’re definitely still tagged. Go forth and tell me all about your experience with classic books you wonderful bibliophile you ❤