The Classics Book Tag
Ruth at A Great Book Study tagged “ANYONE”, which includes me, so…
1. An over-hyped classic you never really liked: On the Road by Jack Kerouac. I’ll leave it at that here (follow the link if you are curious why?)
2. Favorite time period to read about: I don’t have a favorite. I’m a bit deficient in Medieval (500-1500) and Renaissance (1500-1670), but I’ve begun to correct that. I am seriously lacking in Enlightenment period (1700-1800). I'm wondering now, what the period of 1671-1699 is known as?
3. Favorite fairytale: The Emperor’s New Clothes. A timeless commentary, and it might just even have something to say about certain written works that are considered great today.
4. What is the most embarrassing classic you have not read? The Chronicles of Narnia, though, I’m not really embarrassed.
5. Top five classics you want to read: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, The Tale of the Genji by Murasaki Shikibu, Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy, Kim by Rudyard Kipling, and Beau Geste by P.C. Wren
6. Favorite modern book or series based on a classic: Apocalypse Now – based on Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. IMO, Apocalypse Now is better than the original.
7. Favorite movie version or TV series based on a classic: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962 film). Personally, I hope no one EVER redoes this. IMO, they’d be foolish to; they will suffer by comparison.
8. Worst classic to movie adaptation: I could have fun with this, but lest I come off as a snob, let me first say, MOST classic adaptations I’ve watched were at least decent, considering a two-hour time constraint, and there are a good number that are very good. However, Lord of the Flies has not been done well yet, Animal Farm has not been done well yet, most versions of Frankenstein are not at all faithful, Catcher in the Rye hasn’t even been attempted, nor has Invisible Man (both worthy) …but…I hate, loathe, despise, and abominate the 2002 version of The Count of Monte Cristo.
9. Favorite editions you would like to collect more of: I like The Everyman’s Library, Modern Library, and Folio Society editions.
10. An under-hyped classic: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.
And I’ll just follow Ruth’s example and tag . . . ANYONE WHO FEELS COMPELLED TO ANSWER. Leave a link and I promise to comment on your list.
Just for fun...impress me by citing the source of "hate, loathe, despise, and abominate".