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The Classics Book Tag

Hi everyone –  I have just seen this Classics Tag over at Erika Bookventureland the Tag was originally created by It’s a Book World. Reading more classics is one of my goals for 2016 but for now here’s a look at the classics I’ve read so far and what I hope to read in 2016 and beyond.

An over-hyped classic you didn’t really like.

I’m really on the fence about Wuthering Heights, I love the story in its self but I don’t think it’s written in the best way. I think it’s the fact it’s being told from the perspective of a guest at Wuthering Heights. Everything that happens to the characters is second/third hand information if it was from Kathy and Heathcliffs POV I think the story would have resented much more with me. I adore the (2009) adaptation with Tom Hardy though definitely worth watching.

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Kathy and Heathcliff (2009)

Favourite time period to read about.

I really enjoy reading about World War I & II some of my favourites are Bird Song and Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman.

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Favourite Fairy Tale. 

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My favourite fairy tale is probably Cinderella the idea of being down on your luck and being rescued appeals to most of us when we’re feeling low. But I can’t deny that Beauty and the Beast comes a close second, Belle is a lover of books after all!

What is the most embarrassing classic you haven’t read?

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Probably Jane Eyre, thanks to endless adaptations I am very familiar with the story and prefer to read books when I don’t know the plot. But Jane Eyre is on my tbr for 2016 because I’m thinking it’s about time.

Top 5 classics you would like to read soon.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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Emma by Jane Austen

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (I have actually started this and so far so good, the BBC series is what inspired by to start reading this and Mr. Thornton I just… ❤

1984 by George Orwell

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Favourite modern book/series based on a classic.

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Splintered by A.G Howard is a modern day YA Re-telling of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. If you like Alice in Wonderland, fairy-tales and a love triangle to end all love triangles then this three book series is for you.

Favourite movie/tv show based on a classic.

This is a tough one because there are some great adaptations out there but for me Pride and Prejudice would have to be fave. Mathew McFadden has to be my  favourite Darcy (sorry Colin!)

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Worst classic adaptation. 

The most recent adaptation of Anna Karenina, I am a fan of Keira Knightly  and watch most of her films but this particularly adaptation was filmed in a very particular style almost like it was filmed in a theatre and I just didn’t enjoy it.

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Favourite edition you would like to collect (more) classics from.

I love the Penguin English Library editions I already have a few and hope to carry on collecting.

An underhyped classic you’d recommend to everyone.

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Cheerful Weather for the Wedding by Julia Strachey to read my review of the film adaptation click here.

And here are my tags! 🙂

Carries Book Reviews

Art and Soul

The Book Finch

Comfy Reading

Your Daughters Book Shelf

Hope you enjoyed my classics tag, happy reading everyone!

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Lady Chatterley’s Lover – BBC Adaptation Review

Disclaimer at the time this review was written I had not read the D.H Lawrence novel Lady Chatterley’s lover (book review to come)

The BBC is known for it’s period drama’s so it was no great surprise when an adaptation Lady Chatterley’s Lover hit our screen at 9.00pm in Sunday night. The Story of Lady Constance Chatterley (Holliday Grainger) whose husband is paralysed in WW1. When Lord Clifford (James Norton) returns from the war he is changed man and his relationship with his wife suffers greatly when it is revealed he is impotent and they are unable to have a child. Clifford deprives his wife of affection and isolates himself from the world and it was during this lonely period that Constance meets Oliver Mellors Lord Chatterley’s Game Keeper (Richard Madden). Oliver is going through his own heart break having discovered his wife was pregnant with another mans child while he was way during the war and so, through their meetings the two begin to bond.

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The story is one of the distinction of class during that time period and the meeting of two lonely souls. Also Constance doesn’t seem to belong in the world in which she lives all the while Oliver is desperate to see the class system come crashing down. The BBC adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover is a love story crossing the classes something at the time which was an impossibility.

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Although while watching it it was hard to imagine why it was ever a banned book. Many D.H Lawrence readers have commented again and again that this is not a faithful adaptation and the original story is nowhere to be found. Having not read the book yet I can’t comment but I have started it as I was curious. And I will say this I am 20% percent in and we have only just met Oliver Mellors…

Did I enjoy it?  

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I really, really did, the actors were great in the roles and it was somehow heart breaking and akward for a modern viewer. The class system is really delved into in a way you don’t get to see in shows like Downton Abbey or in film because I think for the sake of entertainment the past has been glamorised. Lady Chatterley’s Lover gave the viewer an idea of how different classes treated and spoke about eachother and what it would have taken for these two characters to be together but not to stay together.

Paint and Butterflies Rating – 4/5 stars

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Book to Movie Adaptations – Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales

There is always so much talk about book to movies adaptations, the book is always better than the film is normally the first thing that comes up in conversation.  So in an attempt to break from convention I am going to talk about Myths, Legends and Fairy tales the ultimate text for an adaptation (the Grimm Brothers didn’t right them first you know!) They just…adapted them and so the stories moved on, evolved and this happens again and again and with these kind of tales we can never really know there true origin, there is no real author of Cinderella she just began some where long ago and has just continued to be and hopefully that is the way it will remain- immortal tales that tell us immortal truths.
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As Albert Einstien  said – “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

So in homage, I suppose for my love of all things mythical I am going to talk about my five favorite adaptations and why I love them so much.

1.  I’m going to kick things off with Tristan and Isolde (2006) starring James Franco and Sophia Miles. Now I read somewhere that James Franco regretted doing this movie, I don’t know why probably wasn’t pretentious enough for him but to be honest I don’t care. I enjoy the exploration of the character’s Tristan and Isolde, the difficulties human beings can feel during betrayal and ultimately that love sometimes in not enough.

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2. Something I am LOVING at the moment is Once Upon A Time, it is probably my favorite television programme of the moment. Season 4 is due to start in March but the general premise is that every story book/fairy tale character that you can ever imagine is trapped somewhere where their happy endings have been stolen from them…our world.

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3. Well, I couldn’t possibly do this list with out including a Disney film. The Little Mermaid (1989) is one of my favourite Disney films and certainly my favourite fairy-tale- Thank you Hans Christian Anderson- Although his version is slightly more depressing/bleak and missing the catchy musical numbers.
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4. Okay so Cinderella- she’s a Classic and probably the most adapted fairy tale on the big and little screen. The likes of Hilary Duff (2004) and Disney have all had a crack at  portraying the famous orphan. And although Disney’s version is the one which I watched over and over as child I think Drew Barrymore in Ever After (1998)is my favourite Cinders.
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5.  Last but not least I would have to pick the BBC adaptation of the King Arthur Legend. Merlin ran for five years and told the story of Arthur, Guinevere, Morgana and Merlin as young contemporaries in Camelot in the years leading towards his fore seen death and Merlin’s attempts to change his fate…
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