October means Victober!
So while I’m neck deep in Victorian literature (along with my spooky Halloween reads, of course) it seemed like a great time to try out this Classics Book Tag , created by It’s a Book World.
An overhyped classic that you didn’t really like
THE LAST BATTLE by C S Lewis. I reread these books last year. I liked a couple more than I remembered (but recognised the racism so much more… sigh) but still hate this last book.
Favorite time period to read about
Probably the Victorian era, mostly because of the volume of authors in such a long period. It’s a numbers game there. I also like the Georgian era, because it was part of my job for a few years so it’s always interesting to read about.
Favorite fairy tale
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
What is the classic you are most embarrassed you haven’t read yet
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen. I think because I’ve seen so many adaptions, retellings and sequels? It’s just so embedded in pop culture and the like that it almost feels pointless to read it. Maybe someday.
Top 5 classics you would like to read soon
GUARD YOUR DAUGHTERS by Diana Tutton
JILL by Amy Dillwyn
THE ODD WOMEN by George Gissing
VERA by Elizabeth von Arnim
THE PRIORY by Dorothy Whipple
Favorite modern book/series based on a classic
WHAT KITTY DID NEXT by Carrie Kablean and THE OTHER BENNET SISTER by Janice Hadlow. Both are PRIDE AND PREJUDICE retellings/sequels that look at the other girls. Both are really wonderful stories in their own rights.
Favorite movie version/tv-series based on a classic
The 2004 NORTH AND SOUTH mini-series with Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe.
For a modernised series based on a classic, the CARMILLA webseries.
Worst classic to movie adaptation
DRACULA (2020) by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat. I genuinely hated everything about this smug, self-satisfied feeling adaption.
Favorite edition(s) you’d like to collect more classics from
I’m looking to get more of the Persehone Books’ modern classics.
An under-hyped classic you would recommend to someone
THE TENNANT OF WILDFELL HALL or AGNES GRAY by Anne Bronte. Charlotte and Emily get all the love — and I love them too — but I think Anne’s books hit differently, especially as an adult. In my teens I was all for the tortured romance and melodrama of Wuthering Heights, in my twenties I still saw the appeal of Jane and Rochester, but in my thirties I’m much more drawn to Anne’s quieter, practical minded protagonists and their supportive, genuinely nice-guy love interests.