The Classic Book Tag

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Boy, do I love a tag. I recently found this one over on Poppy's blog and thought I'd give it a try, as classics aren't really a genre I talk about much over here. I don't spend a lot of my time reading classics, so most of these ones I've read have been via required reading for school or university reading lists. Fortunately I've had quite a good experience with the ones I have read, but I'm definitely more of a 'modern classics' girl in reality. Take that, canon.

(Poppy's blog is also one I've only just discovered, so you should go and check her out as her writing is wonderful, and her posts are refreshingly unique to read.)


1. A hyped classic that you really didn't enjoy:

Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe - Found this very hard to read, language-wise.
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James - Not even remotely spooky.
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad - For a short book, this felt incredibly long.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - Dickens does not float my boat, unfortunately.

2. Favourite time period to read about:

The turn of the century up until the end of World War II. Yes, that is quite a long period of time.

3. Favourite fairytale:

I haven't read many fairytales admittedly. I quite like the Swan Princess, and by that I mean the film. I do have plans to read a lot of fairytales and folk tales from around the world very soon, however!

4. What classic are you embarrassed to admit you haven't read?

Inferno by Dante if that counts as a 'classic'. It encompasses so many things I enjoy, but the verse and length have been putting me off so far. Also anything by Jules Verne, and Frankenstein.

5. Top five classics you want to read next:

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Fanny Hill by John Cleland
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

6: Favourite modern book/series based on a classic:

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, based on many fairytales including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel. I've read the first installment, Cinder, and at the time of writing I'm about a quarter of my way through Scarlet. I love how they've taken the base elements of these stories, but transformed them into science fiction adventures. Cinder is a CYBORG.

7. Favourite movie adaptation/tv series based on a classic:

I loved the Sense and Sensibility adaptation with Kate Winslet (despite never having read the book), and the BBC adaptation with Gemma Arterton of Tess of the D'Urbervilles (despite never having read the book).

8. Worst classic to screen adaptation:

Dorian Gray, the 2009 film adaptation. What an unnecessary destruction of something so wonderful. 

9. Favourite editions you'd like to collect more classics from:

I really like the Vintage Classics with red spines. They always have such beautiful cover designs. (I have quite a few, see above).

10. An under-hyped classic you'd recommend to everyone:

I know all classics are hyped, and all Shakespeare is hyped, but I would recommend Richard III. I feel like it's only really been brought to popular attention over the past few years since they found him under a car park, but it's such a dark, creepy, dramatic play, and probably my favourite work by Shakespear, bar Hamlet.


***I'm not sure who else has done this tag, but I'm going to tag Jennie over at The Book Journal, Bee over at Vivatramp, and Holly over at Holly Pocket to give this a try too. Of course anyone reading can give it a go too!***

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