1. An overhyped classic you really didn’t like:
I didn’t so much not like the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë but the character of Jane, while I found her interesting I also found her really frustrating. The hype probably didn’t help though as it built my expectations up higher.
2. Favourite time period to read about:
It is hard to pick one period as I generally love reading about the past. I will go for Victorian though because quite a few of my choices, there’s a lot of Dickens, for the club are set or were written then.
3. Favourite fairy-tale:
Growing up my favourite fairy tale was always The Twelve Dancing Princesses.
4. What is the classic you still, most embarrassingly, haven’t read yet:
Before joining the club I was generally embarrassed with how few classics I had read. I feel I got a severely limited selection to read at school, especially of British classics. I have made good progress but I am a little sad I still haven’t got round to Mansfield Park by Jane Austen yet.
5. Top 5 classics you would like to read (soon):
- The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
- The Tenant of Wildfel Hall by Anne Brontë
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
- The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley
I own copies of all of these so really I have no excuse not to get round to them soon.
6. Favourite modern book/series based on a classic:
I thoroughly enjoyed P D James’ Death Comes to Pemberley, a crime sequel to Pride and Prejudice. Another interesting read was modern classic Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, a prequel to Jane Eyre.
7. Favourite movie/TV series adaptation of a classic:
There are so many to choose from! Those that stand out straight away are The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Sense and Sensibility (1995), Romeo + Juliet (1996), The Secret Garden (1993), and the BBC’s Emma (2009) and Bleak House (2005).
8. Worst movie/TV series adaptation of a classic:
I am sure I enjoyed it as a child but sadly as an adult I really couldn’t get through a re-watch of the BBC’s The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe (1988).
9. Favourite edition(s) you’d like to collect more classics from:
I have pretty Headline: Review copies of Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion by Jane Austen, and I would love to complete the set.
10. An underhyped classic you’d recommend to everyone:
I enjoyed Shirley by Charlotte Brontë, a lot her other work is over shadowed really by Jane Eyre which is a shame. I also found The Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat a thoroughly charming read too.
What is your favourite classic? What classics have you read recently? If you have done or go on to do this meme please let me know.