Blog Hop: Classic Novels

book blogger hopThis week’s Book Blogger Hop question: What is your favorite classic novel?

There are some easy go-to’s here, considering three of my favorite authors would probably fall into the Classic category (L. M. Montgomery, J. M. Barrie and Edgar Rice Burroughs) but let’s face it, I talk about them a lot.  Branching farther afield… 

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain comes to mind.  Huck is such a wonderful character, and both the humor and the heart of the story are so excellently done.  And does it get better than Huck’s “All right then, I’ll go to Hell” scene?  Such a beautiful story about friendship and finding oneself in the face of a society that wants to shape you into something else.

It may surprise you that Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux is not a favorite.  The story is a bit of an obsession (a bit!) but the original, while deserving all recognition as the original, is not actually as compelling as some of the retellings.

Another favorite is Jane Eyre.  There’s something about Charlotte Bronte’s writing style that simply draws me in, and the whole last section, after Jane returns to Rochester, is just adorable–and gives me all the romantic dialogue Austen always skips!

So much for my favorites!  How about your favorite classic(s)?

9 thoughts on “Blog Hop: Classic Novels

  1. I completely agree with you about Phantom of the Opera! It made Raoul sound like a whiny prat honestly. I’d have to say my favourite (or at least one of them) is probably Pride and Prejudice

  2. dianem57

    Mine is Gone With the Wind. Great writing, characters, and story. Love or hate Scarlett, she is always interesting and compelling.

  3. ov099

    Well, I liked Jane Eyre well enough, but sorry, I prefer Pride and Prejudice (and yep, I read it before seeing any movie!)… second favorite JA is Northanger Abbey. And yep, read POTO before seeing any movie/musical, but not a favorite book – here, it’s one of those rare instances that the movie (well, musical) is way better than the book. While I saw the one miniseries before it, I haven’t read North and South (Elizabeth Gaskill) yet, but it’s on my pile to do so.

    Lois

  4. Aww, I just finished Huckleberry Finn (again). Actually took it on a road trip with me and was listening to it as I crossed the Mississippi in Baton Rouge! That was a little surreal. But yeah, that’s a good one.

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