Classics- Guest Heather
As we celebrate the release of The Wind & the Sun— here’s my next guest: Heather was the winner of the wolfies back in March during my anniversary party. She’s an avid reader of paranormal stories, and you can find her on Twitter and at her blog:
I have a bit of a confession to make, and it’s a big one —I don’t read the classics. The great romances on which many of the male characters I read are based on in some way; I’ve never read the original books though I love watching the movies or reading the modern adaptations. I’m thinking about Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, or the honorable Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility (though that might have been because he was played by Alan Richman in the movie). Though I did love Mark Darcy from Bridget Jones Diary the most out of my movie Mr. Darcy options. I have a soft spot for Colin Firth and his Christmas jumper. His cold and superior temperament towards Bridget went counter to his declaration”I like you just the way you are”. And his sparkling eyes whenever he saw her — I felt my heart go a pitter patter a bit. The cold and aloof romantic hero who fights his unfavorable attraction to Elizabeth (or Bridget) is a theme I feel that repeats in many paranormal romances but with the twist of the man also being a werewolf or vampire.
Another reworked classic that comes to mind the movie The Ten Things I Hate About You, which is based off William Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew. I loved this movie– it takes place at Padua high school rather than the streets of Padua in the play and the “tamer” is bad boy Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) and the ansty teenage shrew is Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles). Two suitors for Kat’s younger sister Bianca pay Patrick to woo Kat and soon he finds out she might be more than he can handle. Though there are distinct differences from the play — Patrick is a much more sympathetic character than Petruchio – once again we are faced with the alpha male than falls for a women despite himself and then fights his feelings for her.
So now that I’ve got one of my deep dark literary confessions out of the way — what do you think of modern adaptations in book or movie form versus the classic text? Should I run out now and grab a copy of Pride and Prejudice right now or do you think like modern adaptations like Bridget Jones Diary are the way to go? Do you have any modern adaptation suggestions for me?
Your answer to Heather’s question, or a comment is your entry into the contest for today.
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