Saturday, August 17, 2019

It's So Classic Book Tag

It's So Classic Book Tag by Rebellious Writing

Link post to the host: Rebellious Writing. 
Answer Questions.
Tag five bloggers.

What is one classic that hasn't made it into a movie, yet, but really needs to?

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
An amazing, heart-wrenching story about what one mother had the courage to do instead of be separated from her babies. Ever! 
or Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
I do wish someone could make an updated film version of this story.
HOWEVER...What I'd really love to see is an excellent film sequence made from the entire nine-book set of the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Don't change the characters or the fictional chronological order, or water it down for today's overly Twitter-sensitive audiences. I want to hear every bird song and see every flower, sky, rolling hill, lake, and waving prairie grasses, and taste every delectable dish that Laura described. I want to experience the wild woods and prairies, the horrid grasshoppers, the wolves, the devastating winter, the poverty, hunger, and every unknown and fear that Laura experienced.
I want to see all the excellent lessons Almanzo learned. I want to enjoy the patriotic Fourth of Julys. I want to hear all of Pa's songs and Ma's exemplary corrections. I want the pain and the disappointments and the trials and perseverance. There is nothing to leave out, even if her story was is still a story, and that is what needs to be made into film.
But I won't hold my breath.
What draws you into classics?

The writing style of the classics stands out the most for me, and I find classic authors have higher standards or are technically better writers. They are beautiful writers and know how to use words to paint pictures. They don't waste words. They are careful about how they place words, as each word is used purposefully and precisely. One could even say they use words to make music, because you could read aloud and it would almost be like a tune. Or at least your tongue doesn't trip on itself. 

What is an underrated classic?

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

What is one classic that you didn't expect to love, but ended up loving it anyway?

My second reading of Persuasion by Jane Austen.

What is your most favorite and least favorite classic?

MOST: Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
     or Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
          or Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
               or Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

LEAST: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

What is your favorite character from a classic?

Melanie Hamilton from Gone With the Wind

What's a popular classic that you felt wasn't that great?

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Who is your favorite classic author?

Right now, it's Thomas Hardy.

What makes a classic a classic?

Well, I've already mentioned writing style. Another characteristic of a classic is the soul of the story. It has to be a good story that makes timeless arguments about life, human nature, and our hearts. It has to tell us about ourselves. If we cannot relate to it, it won't speak to us, and we will forget it. Classics go on forever, and that is why they last for generations. 

Relating to newer books, what attributes does a book need to have in order to be worthy of the title "classic"?

So besides a strong and healthy writing style, a story that speaks directly into our souls, and longevity, a book must have the truth. An author cannot lie to his/her readers or they will not take the author seriously. A classic has truth. TRUTH. The characters must be human and the plot must make sense or have a purpose. If the truth is missing, the book will only be cheap and quick entertainment,  whereas a classic will have you going back for seconds. 

Tag Time:

Sharon @ Gently Mad
Silvia @ Silvia Cachia
Paula @ The Vince Review (No pressure, Paula. I know you said you were slowing down for awhile.)

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Marian H said...

Enjoyed reading your answers! I should re-read Uncle Tom's Cabin. I read it as a child and was a bit traumatized by it, but I remember the story was good.

By the way, there's a movie coming out in November called "Harriet" about Harriet Tubman. I watched the trailer and it looks interesting.

Ruth said...

Yes, I wrote it down in my planner so I wouldn't miss it. I look forward to it.

Joseph said...

Well put: "timeless arguments about life, human nature, and our hearts" What I was trying to say, but you said it much better. And Melanie...YES!

Jillian said...

I LOVE YOUR NEW HEADER. Also I love your answers, especially about truth and soul in classics, & making a proper Little House movie. <3

Jillian said...

Didn't realize there's a Harriet movie coming out!! I still need to read Uncle Tom's Cabin. I might go for the version annotated by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

I have visited Harriet Beecher Stowe's home in Cincinnati & have looked through a silver fog to the patch of lawn just off the river where newly freed enslaved people would have found Stowe's solace and welcome awaiting them against the high walls of her house. Surreal and inspiring.

Silvia said...

Ruth. I too love your answers. For once, Far From the M... is bumped to the top of my reading list. I didn't expect to be tagged and i already wanted to do it, :) Thanks for thinking of me, i hope to write my post soon.

Sharon Wilfong said...

Great answers. I think a series such as the wonderful BBC series of classic British authors would do the Little House series proper credit. I mean a faithful account and when the last story is told, it's over. Not that I didn't like the TV show when I was younger but they had to take a lot of license in order to come up with a new story every week for so many years.

Uncle Tom's Cabin is one of my favorites as well and so is Far From the Madding Crowd. There is a 1994 BBC production of it that is really good.

Thanks for tagging me. I may have to give it some serious thought before answering and I have no idea who I would tag.

Paula Vince said...

A film sequence of the Little House books would be great indeed. The famous series from the seventies with Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert just went it's own way so crazily :) I wasn't a big fan of The Grapes of Wrath either, when I had to read it for school. Your words about the style, soul and truth of a classic is so true. And thank you for the tag. I'll definitely give this one a go, probably toward the end of the week.

Ruth said...

I watched the LH tv show, too, but imagine my shock when I learned that Laura never had a brother (Willie) and that Mary never married! I wish I read the books when I was young. It makes me cringe when speaking about the books, and people get excited and say, "Oh, I love Little House on the Prairie. I watched the whole TV show." NOooooo!!! That's NOT Little House. Ugh. Oh well.

Ruth said...

Sharon, why didn't I know that UTC was one of your favs, too!!!????? And FFtheMC? There's a BBC production? I'm going to look for it right after I'm done here. I do love the most recent film version, but I imagine the BBC did an excellent job as well. So, yes, they'd do a marvelous job of the LH series, if they would.

Ruth said...

Thank you, Sharon. I don't like to say this to other readers, but...I do hope you like Far From the Madding Crowd. Have you read Thomas Hardy before?

Ruth said...

Thank you, Jillian. I had a lot of fun designing the header.

: )

Ruth said...

Thank you, Joseph.

: D

Ruth said...

Jillian, I didn't know Gates annotated an edition. I'd like to check that out, too.

How amazing! What an excellent opportunity, and to imagine history how it may have happened. I know another reader who visited HBS's home while we were reading UTC for our WEM novels. And she posted photos. It looked like such a great experience. Another trip for my bucket list.

Silvia said...

Long time ago I read Tess of the d'Urbervilles and I don't remember much, but I remember having liked it and feeling sorry for Tess. I'm reading FFtMC, for sure.

And did you know as a teen I remember having watched this movie based on Uncle Tom's Cabin?, however, it's old, it could be redone, as well as that movie on Laura Ingalls books. Your description of them was so moving.

o said...

Thanks for the tag :) I'll do it as soon as my hand is up for writing longer posts :)

I love Wuthering Heights actually - but gritty misery often appeals to me, and I see why it doesn't appeal to everyone. It is a total downer I must admit.

I love Thomas Hardy too! Must read more of his poetry, I had meant to...

Ruth said...

Thomas Hardy...speaking of "gritty misery!" I should love Wuthering Heights then! I don't know what happened.

Stephen said...

Considering that the modern 'mind' sneers at Uncle Tom and uses his name as an insult, I'd honestly hate to think what a trainwreck might be produced of the book today.

Anonymous said...

Well, what do you think?

Ruth said...

I think I know what you mean, and that is because complainers never read UTC. Maybe an honest and transparent movie needs to be made to entice people to read it, as usually is the case; then they'll come to learn that the only Man Uncle Tom was following was his Savior. And if more people did the same, this world would be a better place.

Ruth said...

I like it! I love that background, too.

That was pretty simple!

Sharon Wilfong said...

It's because it was written by a white woman. "Woke progressives" call that "cultural appropriation."

Davida Chazan (The Chocolate Lady) said...

Some very interesting answers here. A movie of Uncle Tom's Cabin... hm... never thought of that. Mind you, in the musical movie "The King & I" there's a scene where the king's children put on a show based on that book. Here's mine.

Ruth said...

Yes, that is true....but it doesn't come close to the heart of the story. : D

Brona said...

I'm always relieved to discover someone else who simply doesn't get all the fuss about Wuthering Heights.
Yes to Melanie.
I had a go too - My Classics Book Tag

Keturah Lamb said...

I think that's so neat that you liked Persuasion better the second time reading, and that you read it again after not liking it so much the first time. I've found the same thing applies for myself with a lot of books. Sometimes a theme is so heavy that we can't understand it or fully appreciate it without maturity or experience, and so we mistake that misunderstanding for hate.
Thanks for joining in on the tag!


Ruth said...

Thanks, Keturah,
It's important to keep an open mind about one's self. So if you dislike something once, you should give it time or try it again, and maybe even again before you proclaim yourself DONE with it. Many things have potential in this life, and we shouldn't give up so easily. We have to train ourselves to think differently. For example, I was reading on your second blog something you said about thinking differently (I'm paraphrasing); and this is true, because if we just cause ourselves to think differently about something, our behavior will eventually follow. But also it is important to know why you think the way you do, too. Everyone should have values, principles and standards to live die for even. But that's another story, and I've gone way beyond the discussion of giving Persuasion a second chance. : D