This tag is all about… you guessed it: classics! I really enjoyed answering these questions, and it even helped me to lengthen my classics TBR. I challenge anyone who is interested to do the tag, too!
Source: Bookish Friendship
An overhyped classic you really didn’t like:
Pride and Prejudice or really anything by Jane Austen. I know, I know — as an English major, I’m supposed to love her writing, but I honestly just find her descriptions tiring and her plotlines boring.
Favorite time period to read about:
I really enjoy reading American literature, which is typically from the 17th century to 21st century.
Favorite children’s book and fairy tale:
I really don’t know that I’ve read that many classic children’s stories/fairy tales. But is one of my goals to read some of the original, classic fairy tales from Hans Christian Anderson and the Grimm Brothers.
What is the classic you’re the most embarrassed about having not read yet?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I somehow missed out on this in high school and haven’t ever read it since.
Top 5 classics you’d like to read soon:
- Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Aesop’s Fables by Aesop
Favorite book/series based on a classic:
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. I remember loving this Cinderella retelling as a kid, and it’s on my list to reread.
Favorite movie/TV-series based on a classic:
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Even though I STILL haven’t finished reading the book, the Hulu series was the reason I started reading it in the first place. From what I can tell after having read over 50% of the book, the series does the book justice.
Worst classic to movie adaptation:
I really can’t think of one. I don’t watch too many classic to movie adaptions, and any that I have watched, I’ve liked. But let me know some of the adaptions you love to hate — I’d like to know!
Favorite edition(s) you’d like to collect more of:
I know they’re not super fancy or anything, but I really like the Penguin Classic editions. There is something so simple about the black band around the bottom with a corresponding illustration above it. Another plus is that almost every classic that you can think of has been published in this edition so it would be so easy to have a whole classics shelf that has books of the same edition.
An underhyped classic you’d recommend to everyone:
It’s difficult to come up with an underhyped classic because if a book is considered a classic, it’s probably fairly hyped. But I’ll go with The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy. I was supposed to have read this book in my World Literature class in college (didn’t happen), but I did read it a few years later. I can’t quite remember what it’s all about, but I do remember really liking it. Maybe I’ll give it a reread soon…