Jillian has tagged me for the The Classics Book Tag, which I thought looked rather fun, so here are my answers....
An over-hyped classic you really didn’t like: 'The Paliser Novels' by Anthony Trollope. I wouldn't go so far as to say they're "over-hyped" and I do appreciate people love them, but, aside from Can You Forgive Her? and The Eustace Diamonds I really didn't like them.
Favourite time period to read about?: I do have a particular liking for books set in pre-Victorian times, say mid-18th Century to early 1830s. This was about the time of the Industrial Revolution, but the books I like largely (not entirely) ignore that aspect. The actual effects of the Industrial Revolution, the social novels that is, tended to come in the 1840s and it's not that I don't like those, I positively do, but the mid-18th Century - early 1830s seem simpler times, a time when, though the changes were occurring, the country wasn't ravaged by industry and rampant capitalism. Here's a few examples:
Favourite fairy tale?: The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen (1843).
|Faery Tales by Hans Christian Andersen illustrated by Maxwell Armfield (1910).|
|Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales illustrated by W. Heath Robinson (1916).|
What is the most embarrassing classic you haven’t read?: Le Morte D'Arthur by Thomas Malory (1485). I'm not embarrassed that I think everyone's read it but me, more because I have been meaning to read it for years and I have an absolute block with it, even though I'm sure I'll love it!
|The Romance of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, abridged from Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur,|
illustrated by Arthur Rackham (1917).
Top 5 classics you want to read: Aside from Le Morte D'Arthur - As I Crossed the Bride of Dreams (11th Century), The Golden Ass by Apuleius (2nd Century), Elizabethan Love Stories, The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole (1764), and Spring Torrents by Ivan Turgenev (1872).
Favourite modern book/series based on a classic?: He Knew He Was Right by Anthony Trollope (1869). I know this is not exactly modern, but it's an excellent take on Shakespeare's Othello.
Favourite movie version / tv series based on a classic?: Has to be Pride and Prejudice directed by Joe Wright (2005).
Worst classic to movie adaptation?: I haven't actually seen any bad ones - I don't watch many films at all, so when I do they tend to be almost universally liked! I have heard that William Wyler did terrible things to Wuthering Heights in 1939, and, the short snatches of it I've seen, it does seem very wooden.
|Wuthering Heights starring Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon|
Favourite editions you’d like to collect more of?: I'm not much of a collector of different editions, I'm really not bothered as to what the book looks like or who published it, just so long as it's readable. That said annotated editions are a God-send for certain novels and I wouldn't mind an annotated Finnegans Wake and Ulysses by James Joyce.
An underhyped classic?: So many! Émile Zola's short stories, Richard Kennedy's A Boy at the Hogarth Press (1972), which is about Kennedy's experience working for Leonard and Virginia Woolf, James Woodforde's Diary, Émile Najac and Victorien Sardou's Let's Get a Divorce! (1880), Diary of a Pilgrimage by Jerome K. Jerome (1891), Francis Kilvert's Diary (1870-79), and Marcel Proust's Jean Santeuil (1952) come to mind.
I shall tag anyone who wants to join in! 😊