This question was MADE for me! YAY for finally having a great monthly question after months and months of participating! I’m finally reading another Classics Club novel (The Grapes of Wrath), but yay for small progress!
For August the hosts of The Classics Club have asked
What are your thoughts on adaptions of classics? Say mini-series or movies? Or maybe modern approaches? Are there any good ones? Is it better to read the book first? Or maybe just compare the book and an adaptation?
If you don’t know it yet, I LOVE adaptations. Seriously, go check out this one page: Austen(esque), but those aren’t the only ones I’ve read! If you look at my fan-fiction tag you’ll find many others. And as part of my local library book group (category on my website), we read a lot of classics and watch the films!
I do always try and read the original first! If I find out a movie (or another book) are based on an older book I usually go back to find what the book is about and read the original first. It allows you to really see what the author learned and changed to update or change the story.
I’m not as big a fan of sequels and prequels, as I am of modern re-tellings or films, but honestly I love seeing different interpretations of classic novels. The only Classic novel I haven’t seen on film that I have actively avoided watching is Wuthering Heights. I’m not sure why I’ve avoided it, but I just have. I think my favorite adaptation currently is The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (I talk about it here), they did such a great job updating EVERYTHING!
I think I’m most excited about The Austen Project and already have copies of Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope and Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid and I MIGHT read the Shakespeare ones that are similar. I’m also looking forward to the third in The Madman’s Daughter trilogy by Megan Shepherd.