I have seen the classics tag a lot on YouTube and really enjoyed reading it. I believe the original tag was created by It’s a Books World so I’d recommend checking that out too. And here’s my take on it!
1. An overhyped classic you really didn’t like
Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger. I know, I know it is meant to be amazing but I just did not get it. I read it so long ago admittedly, and I would definitely give it another read now that I’m older. But at the time I read it knowing I was meant to like it and just didn’t! I didn’t get involved with the main character or the story at all. One to try again though?
2. Favorite time period to read about
I don’t have an answer to this one, as I think my tastes are quite varied. But probably the Victorian area and the 1920s would be two top picks.
3. Favorite fairytale
I didn’t read a lot of fairytales when I was growing up, that I remember. But one book that held a fairytale like quality for me was Rebecca’s World by Terry Nation about a girl who gets transported to another planet through a telescope.
I used to have the most beautiful version of this book which I really regret no longer owning. It’s a really special children’s book.
4. What is the most embarrassing classic you haven’t read yet
As many people have said when doing this tag, I’m not embarrassed by not having read anything – we all read what we want to read! But in the spirit of the tag I really should get to some classic classics like Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, George Orwell’s Animal Farm and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.
5. Top 5 classics you would like to read (soon)
There are so many, but the ones on my shelf at the moment are:
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy and a collection of Edgar Allan Poe stories. I’d also liked to try out Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
6. Favorite modern book/series based on a classic
I couldn’t think of a book that I liked so I cheated and went for a film: 10 Things I Hate About You is a brilliant film which I still love, based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
7. Favorite movie version / TV series based on a classic
So obvious, but the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice will always be a favourite. But I also loved the 1998 BBC adaptation of Vanity Fair (which is one of my favourite classics!)
8. Worst classic to movie adaptation
Is it to obvious to say the Keira Knightly Pride and Prejudice and the Reese Witherspoon Vanity Fair?!
9. Favorite edition(s) you’d like to collect more classics from
An easy one, I’m obsessed with the Penguin English Library editions.
10. An underhyped classic you’d recommend to everyone
I’d love to hear your thoughts on classics below. Any more that I should add to the top of my TBC?