The Classics Book Tag
The classics book tag was created by Vienna from It’s a Books World. I’ve read quite a few classics and love re-reading my favourites so this tag seemed perfect.
1. An overhyped classic you really didn’t like:
I’m 75% of the way through Ulysses by James Joyce and I haven’t particularly enjoyed it. I can appreciate how groundbreaking Joyce’s writing was but I’ve not connected with the book at all. I probably would have bailed if it wasn’t part of a reading challenge.
2. Your favourite time period to read about:
I don’t have a favourite time period as I love learning about a variety of eras. I’ve probably read more Victorian classics than any other though. I’m particularly fascinated by Renaissance England as I adore Shakespeare so I’m always wanting to learn more about his world.
3. Favourite fairytale:
Any Grimm fairytales are always gruesomely delightful, with Hansel and Gretal one of my favourites. I also love Hans Christian Andersen’s The Tinderbox, and Madame LePrince de Beaumont’s Beauty and the Beast.
4. What is the classic you are most embarrassed that you haven’t read yet:
I’m not embarrassed about any classics I haven’t read yet but I’ve had Catch-22 by Joseph Heller on my TBR for over a decade. I’ve also not read any John Steinbeck as they were never on my school syllabus so I seemed to have somehow missed his books.
5. Top 5 classics you would like to read (soon):
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
6. Favourite modern book/series based on a classic:
I love fairytale re-tellings and adored the ACOTAR series by Sarah J Maas, the first book of which is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I’ve also enjoyed the majority of the Hogarth Shakespeare re-tellings, and can’t wait for Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth.
7. Favourite film or TV adaptation of a classic:
Clueless is a brilliant adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. I also adore the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice.
8. Worst film or TV adaptation of a classic:
The 2002 adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo changed a huge amount of the source material and was nowhere near as thrilling as the book.
9. Favourite editions of classics you’d like to collect more of:
I love Folio Society editions so would really like the rest of their Jane Austen series. I also have their edition of Jane Eyre on my wishlist.
10. An underhyped classic you’d recommend to everyone:
One of my favourite books is North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell and I rarely hear people raving about it like they do with the Brontes or Austen. The 2004 BBC adaptation is also a really great adaptation.
Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you’d like to do this. I’d love to know more about everyone’s favourite classics.