Jillian tagged me with this rather enchanting blog tag three months ago. Thanks, Jillian! I don't think I've ever done a blog tag devoted entirely to classics. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to fill it out.
1. An over-hyped classic you really didn't like: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. I loathe it for its deliberate, gleeful cruelty.
2. Favorite time period to read about: America's Wild West and the Jazz Age both fascinate me.
3. Favorite fairy tale: "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" and "Cinderella" are high on my list.
4. Most embarrassing classic to admit you haven't read: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. Everyone talks about how it's one of the best early mysteries, but I just haven't read it yet.
5. Top 5 classics you want to read: Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather, The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper, The Once and Future King by T. H. White, The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte.
6. Favorite modern book/series based on a classic: Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay is a fantastic modern retelling of Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster mixed with various other things.
7. Favorite movie version/tv series based on a classic: The Lord of the Rings trilogy directed by Peter Jackson is pretty hard to top.
8. Worst classic-to-movie adaptation: Possibly the 1969 adaptation of Hamlet starring Nicol Williamson.
9. Favorite editions you'd like to collect more of: I'd like to have a matching set of all of Patrick O'Brien's naval novels about Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. I own all of them, but most of them are matching trade paperbacks... and three aren't. It bothers me they don't match. Or, one day I could trade up for this wonderful edition:
10. An under-hyped classic: More people need to read The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
It took me a very long time to fill out this tag, so I'm not going to tag anyone. If you'd like to do this tag yourself, go right ahead :-) It's certainly a fun one!