Monday, 16 November 2015

The Classic Book Tag

I love a good tag, I do! I'm quite nosy, so I love learning odds and ends about people - even better if it's all on one handy topic, like books! I found this little tag over on Megan's blog, and I've kept it at the top of my 'to blog' pile for quite some time. While you're at it, if blogs about books are your thang, make sure you check Megan out - after reading the tag, of course.




1. Name a hyped classic that you really didn't enjoy.
I'm not sure if it's hyped as such, but I had to read Persuasion by Jane Austen and hated it. I didn't manage to finish it, which is something I always try to do. 

2. Favourite time period to read about?
I quite like reading more in modern - or close to modern - times. I know most classics would be classed as earlier than that, but if it's more than a few centuries old then I tend to lose interest.

3. Favourite fairytale?
I loved the Little Match Girl when I was younger, but I think now I would say The Frog Prince.

4. What classic are you embarrassed to admit you haven't read?
I haven't read a lot of classics, so quite a few! I haven't read the works of Shakespeare, which is probably something to be embarrassed about, but that's because I think reading a play is a silly. You should watch a play, obvs.

5. Top five classics you want to read next?
Top five? Yikes. I really want to read The Great Gatsby, as I haven't done so, and maybe something like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I've also got Orange Is Not The Only Fruit on my TBR list. Two more, let me think... Lord of the Flies and To The Lighthouse. I should probably have put these as all answers to question 4 as well. 

6. Favourite modern book/series based on a classic?
I loved Hausfrau, which I believe is meant to be a take on Anna Karenina, but I haven't read that either. Crikey, the list just grows, doesn't it?

7. Favourite movie adaptation/tv series based on a classic?
Can I say Clueless? It was based on a Jane Austen novel, so... It's probably the only way to enjoy Austen, if you ask me! 

8. Worst classic to screen adaptation?
I'm not sure if you consider The 39 Steps to be a classic, but it's the worst book to screen adaptation of all time. No, I'm not talking about the Alfred Hitchcock film, but the app. I studied it during my Literature in the Digital Age module last year, and oh my god, it is so slow. For a fast-paced, full-of-action novel it seems so dull. 

9. Favourite editions you'd like to collect more classics from?
I desperately want the sewn covers by Penguin as they're beautiful. I wish they'd do a Wuthering Heights one as that would be a great cover to add to my ever growing collection. 

10. An under-hyped classic you'd recommend to everyone?  
Can you have an under-hyped classic? I'd recommend The Elegance of The Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, as it's a lovely story, and made me feel rather sophisticated to be reading a French novel. Translated, of course, but still. 


Fancy doing the Classic Book tag? I'd love to know your answers!


Chelsea xo

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