As 2017 is my ‘Year of Classics’ I decided it would be a fun experiment to do this tag at the beginning of the year and once more at the end to see how my answers change and to log my progress. I believe this tag was created by ‘Itsabooksworld’.
- An overhyped classic you didn’t really like: For this category I have to go with Vonnegut’s cult classic Slaughterhouse Five. I had to read this novel/novella for University and unfortunately found it boring and forgettable. I understand however that I am the minority here. There are many overhyped classics I personally dislike for example Pride&Prejudice, Lolita and The Man in the High Castle. If you also didn’t enjoy these famous novels, have you enjoyed other works by the same authors? If so please leave a comment.
2. Favourite time period to read about: I personally enjoy novels set in the Victorian and Romantic eras. I also like the 1920s and The Lost Generation writers.
3. Favourite Fairytale: I hope to read many fairytales this year especially Rumplestiltskin. Until now my favourite fairytale is the wonderfully quirky and unique The Light Princess by George MacDonald.
4. What Classic are you embarrassed about not having read: While I wouldn’t say embarrassed I am disappointed that I haven’t read For Whom the Bell Tolls and Middlemarch.
5. Top 5 Classics you would like to read soon:
I would like to read Moby Dick by Herman Melville as I’ve been meaning to pick this up for a long time. The problem is that I find its size intimidating. Walden by Henry David Thoreau is also at the top of my list. I’ve wanted to read this novel since watching Dead Poets Society, a movie that I absolutely adore. I am also interested in reading Thomas Hardy which I have not yet done and was intrigued by the movie trailer of Far From the Madding Crowd. I have read the first few pages of The Hobbit and liked the writing style. I am also, along with the rest of the world, a huge fan of the LOTR movies and hope to read that trilogy also. I am a huge fan of F Scott Fitzgerald and have read his other works, The Last Tycoon is his last and unfinished novel which I have been putting off for obvious reasons. I hope to get around to reading it this year.
6.Favourite modern book/series based on a classic: Unfortunately I have not read many adaptations of classics although I am really excited to read Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf and The Hours by Michael Cunningham alongside each other this year. I have read that His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman is an adaptation of Milton’s Paradise Lost although I have only read exerts of Milton’s classic, from what I’ve read so far I can say I love both novels. I have read two fairytale retellings that I enjoyed which are Cinder by Marissa Meyer and The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy.
7.Favourite movie/tv series based on a classic: For this category I have chosen the 1975 adaptation of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey starring Jack Nicholson which I like more than the Kesey’s novel. I also adore the Henry Fonda adapation of 12 Angry Men.
8. Worst Classic book to screen adaptation: Every adaptation of Frankenstein ever made.
9. Favourite editions you’d like to collect more of: Penguin Drop Caps, Roads Classics, The Virago Modern Classics, Vintage Classics, Picador 40th Anniversary Classics, Puffin Classics, Penguin Clothbound Classics and the list goes on…
10. An underhyped Classic you’d recommend to everyone: The Lifted Veil by George Elliot, The Graduate by Charles Webb, White Noise by Don Delillo and This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald.