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Classic Literature Challenge

Another book challenge:

Although I’ve been an avid reader almost all my life, this is one area where I’ve been a bit negligent. I managed to avoid most of the reading I was supposed to do in high school (thanks to Cliff’s Notes), and now there are a lot of books I feel I “should” have read, but I haven’t. So, I would like to read more of them.

I like to make my goals quantifiable when possible (so I know when I’ve completed one) . . . so, I’m going to challenge myself to read 12 classic novels (one per month this year, unless I get speedy and read them more quickly).

I’m planning to start with “Phantom of the Opera,” which I checked out from the library earlier this afternoon.



ETA: A LIST (or the start of one, anyway)! :)

Phantom of the Opera
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Scarlett Pimpernell
Northanger Abbey
Jane Eyre
Oliver Twist
Portrait of a Lady
Around the World in 80 Days

Comments

here_be_dragons
Jan. 9th, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that you liked Jane Eyre better than WH. I completely agree with what you said - I just didn't like any of the characters! Which was kind of surprising to me. I'd always had in my head that it was some sort of fantastic love story - Cathy and Heathcliff, and she returns from the grave blah blah blah. But ACK! They were both such losers, I could hardly stand it!

And funny you should mention ALW and "Phantom," since they're both the reason I've chosen this book. I've been a fan of the ALW production for years, and a while back we bought the video of the film version (which I liked the first time I saw it, but didn't like the singing, since I was so used to the recording that I'd listened to for years; but over time, the film has really grown on me, and now I ADORE Gerard Butler as the Phantom - OMG SO SEXY - and I don't know her name, but the woman who plays Christine Daae is spectacular, too. Although it's weird to see that actress in "Poseidon," as now she's just Christine to me). Well . . . that was a long tangent . . . where was I? Oh yes.

So, I'd been a fan of the musical for a long time, but in watching the new film, I've noticed that there are some things about the plot that bother me. Some things that don't quite add up, and times when characters do things that just seem a bit inexplicable to me. (Well, mostly that Christine wants to be with stupid boring Raoul, when she could live in that crazy underground palace with the multi-talented and oh-so-sexy phantom. But okay, I admit that I might be in the minority about this opinion). But since we've been watching the film a lot lately - Connor really loves it - I've been curious as to just what happens in the book. So, I checked it out. Plus, I've had "Phantom" on my "to read" list for a while now, but I'd like to read the original before reading the fanfic, if you know what I mean.

I'll check out the read-along forum, although chances are I'm not quite organized enough to participate very often. :D
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