How is everyone doing? We’re in lockdown now here in the UK. It’s a bit surreal.
Today’s Top 10 Tuesday is a genre freebie. At first I was going to do something fantasy-related but decided to do something a bit different. This summer it will be three years (three years!) since I graduated from university. I studied English Literature with Creative Writing and had a lot of reading to do over the years I was studying! So here are 10 of my favourite classics I studied during my degree (either they were required reading or additional reading as part of research for the creative writing modules).
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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – The history around this book is so interesting. If you know nothing about it except what’s around in popular culture, I’d recommend reading about Mary Shelley (and reading the book of course). It also explores the theme of what it means to be human, which I found really interesting.
Dracula by Bram Stoker – Probably the most famous vampire book, ever. We read this for a Gothic fiction module and I loved it.
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – How could I not include a Jane Austen on this list? This is another from the Gothic fiction module. It’s essentially a satire of Gothic novels and thoroughly entertaining.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick – This wasn’t required reading, but one I read as part of research for a science fiction piece for one of the creative writing modules. It’s the book the film Blade Runner is based on.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie – An interesting module we had was Detective Fiction! This book has a big twist. I won’t spoil it. You won’t see it coming!
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle – Another one from the Detective Fiction module. Got to love a bit of Sherlock Holmes! I do like a classic mystery.
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keys – I read this one as part of research for my creative writing dissertation. This book is thought-provoking and also heart-breaking. I felt a real connection to it when I read it.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – I’d read this before I went to uni and was happy to see it on the reading list. It’s quite a long book, but I remember really enjoying it. I must read it again sometime.
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman – I don’t very often read short stories, but I found this one really engaging. It explores attitudes towards women with mental health problems in the 19th Century. It’s incredibly vivid and I found it fascinating reading around the subject and analysing the text.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – For our Children’s Literature in final year we had the option to use books not from the module. The Hunger Games was on the reading list and I chose to compare the trilogy to Ender’s Game. That was a fun and interesting topic.
10 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Favourite Classics I've Studied”
I couldn’t agree with this list more. All of these books are wonderful stories. Did you hear about Dracul (the prequel to Dracula) that came out recently? I’m just about to start reading it.
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Oooh no I haven’t, I’ll have to check that out!
Great list! I really enjoyed reading Frankenstein and Northanger abbey!
Yeah I enjoyed those two, they’re not too long either. As much as I like chunky books, it’s also nice to read shorter classics too!
For classics I often prefer shorter ones haha! Since in longer once often (not always of course) everything is very slow, and not much happens..
Yes I’d agree, the long ones can be like that.
I have a degree in English as well. I’ve only read about half of these, though. I say “about” because I’ve tried to read ENDER’S GAME a few times and just can’t get through it. So many people love it that I feel like I’m missing something because it just hasn’t clicked with me. Oh well. Different strokes for different folks.
Yes, everyone has different tastes! I watched the film before I read the book so was already familiar with the story, I don’t know if that made a difference to my enjoyment.
Love the classics. Glad you enjoy them too. https://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2020/03/ttt-032420.html
I didn’t read them for a long time, I think because I just couldn’t find ones that I enjoyed, but once I found some authors and genres I liked, I’ve been quite happy reading classics.