Something a little bit different for you today. I thought I would try out another tag which I stumbled upon on Youtube the other day – The Classics Book Tag. This one is slightly different as it originated in blog form (you can check out the original post here), so I thought it would be a great one to pop on my blog too.
I am not a huge reader of classics, but the ones that I have read I seem to have enjoyed and there are a few lurking on my TBR pile, so I thought I would give it a go anyway, here goes…
1) An overhyped classic that you really didn’t like.
This would have to be Animal Farm by George Orwell. I am not sure if this is because we had to (over) study it at school, or whether I genuinely didn’t like the book, but it either case, it is the one that I thought of first.
2) Favourite time period to read about.
This would have to be Victorian England. I am a bit of a sucker for the Brontes and some Dickens (although as you know I did not really enjoy Oliver Twist recently) so I am all for getting lost in the gothic-ness of Victorian England!
3) Favourite Fairy Tale.
This is a little tricky for me, as I have to admit to not having read an awful lot (actually next to no) fairy tales. It might be a bit of an obvious answer, but I do like Beauty and the Beast…
4) Most embarrassing classic you have not read yet.
This accolade would probably have to go to Jane Austen – I have only read Pride and Prejudice and probably should have read more. I hate that ‘should’ though – I am really quite happy to read what I want when I want as a general rule.
5) Top five classics you would like to read soon.
I have chosen these mainly because I already own physical copies of the books, and really should get round to reading them soon!
- Persuasion – Jane Austen
- Emma – Jane Austen
- A Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde
- Bleak House – Charles Dickens
- The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
6) Favourite modern book/TV series based on a classic.
Um… probably Bridget Jones’ Diary. Quite possibly because that is the only one I can think of right now. I did really enjoy both the book and the film though.
7) Favourite movie/TV series adaptation of a classic.
Obviously the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice!
8) Worst movie/TV series adaptation of a classic.
The film version of Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley – bleurgh…
9) Favourite editions you would like to collect.
I have a few!
I love the Persephone editions of forgotten classics;
I also really like the Penguin English Library editions;
There are loads of beautiful classic editions out there – very tempting and no good at all for the wallet!
10) An underhyped classic you would recommend to everyone.
This is a tricky one for me, because I think the classics that I have read, most other people will have also read… My absolute favourite is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, so if by some chance you have not yet picked that one up, I highly recommend that you do so!
How about you – are you a lover or loather of classic books? Have you got any recommendations for me? If you join in with the tag, let me know in the comments, I would love to see what books you came up with too!