I took this idea from “Madame Writer” – please visit her HERE to see her responses.
- An overhyped classic you really didn’t like:
One I started a couple of times but didn’t like and never finished is Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.
- Favorite time period to read about:
I especially like to read about the medieval period, but we are talking classics here, not Historical Fiction, so I’d say the 19th Century from Jane Austen, the Brontë Sisters and Mrs Gaskell through Dickens to Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Tolstoy, Kipling and the rest.
Time already for a bit of colour, so out of all those I’ll select my favourite Emily Brontë Wuthering Heights cover:
- Favorite fairy-tale:
Hans Anderson’s The Snow Queen.
- What is the most embarrassed classic you haven’t read yet:
Tolstoy’s War & Peace – though I’ve read his Anna Karenina twice, and loved it.
- Top 5 classics you would like to read (soon):
Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, Cervantes‘ Don Quixote, Mary Shelley’s The Last Man and The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Catriona. (And War & Peace, but not “soon”!)
- Favorite modern book/series based on a classic:
I’ve read two so far of Martin Davies’ series featuring Sherlock Holmes’ housekeeper Mrs Hudson and young Flotsam (Flottie), the girl she has taken under her wing. Highly recommended!
- Favorite movie version/tv-series based on a classic:
David Suchet’s definitive rendering of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot – the books being classics, surely, by now. Also Viviane Leigh as Anna Karenina in the 1947 black-and-white film.
- Worst classic to movie adaptation:
Maybe The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (2005) but that is almost impossible to adapt successfully to the screen – it started as a radio programme with all the freedom that medium gives the writer. It leaves everything to the listener’s (or, later, reader’s) imagination, while a film version is simply how one person’s visualised it with all the constraints and limitations of that medium.
- Favorite edition(s) you’d like to collect more classics from:
I love the Everyman’s Library editions. Click on the ikon!
- An underhyped classic you’d recommend to everyone:
Laurence Durell’s Alexandria Quartet – in my view one of the greatest works of the 20th century. Durell’s poetic portrayal of Alexandria in Justine, Balthazaar, Mountolive and Clea ranks right up there with Joyce’s portrayal of Dublin in Dubliners and Ulysses, and personally I much prefer it.