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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Classics Retold (sign up post for 19th Century & Gothic Classics)

Posted by Charlene // Tags: ,
Classics Retold  is a project hosted by Alison @ The Cheap Reader, Alyssa @ Books Take You Places, Brittany @ Book Addicts GuideCharlene @ Bookish Whimsy (ME!), and Wendy @ Excellent Library.  Similar to Project: Fairy Tale from earlier in the year but for this project we are reading a classic book and then reading or watching retellings, spin-offs, or adaptions of it!

The Details:

  • September 2013 will be our month to post everything.
  • Each blogger will choose a classic they'd like to read.
  • They read their classic and read or watch as many retellings, spin-offs, sequels or adaptions of their classic as they can. They will post reviews or their thoughts on each one during September.
  • 1-4 bloggers can work on a "main" text. They can work independently or work together. You're allowed to all read/watch the same things or split the work up.
  • To participate in this project, you only sign up for one classic (and its adaptions).
    • Optional: You're allowed to work on other classics/adaptions if you'd like. Find the bloggers covering the book you're interested in and ask to do a guest post!
    • Optional: Do other posts about your classic: character analysis, where else to find the characters, the book’s influence on culture, memes, etc. It can be literally anything involving your classic.
    • Optional: Do a sign up post after I clear your classic. It will help spread the word about the project and you’re able to bounce your ideas off of your readers. They may even give you ideas of books/movies to use for your classic!
  • For a classic to be useable for this project, it should have at least 2 adaptions, spin-offs, sequels, or retellings.
  • Sign-ups for the project ends May 25th.
Obviously this project is going to get pretty big so we've split the co-hosting duties up. It's all one big project so you only sign up once for one book (not once on each blog).

Alyssa @ Books Take You Places is in charge of Ancient to Renaissance Lit Classics. (Sign up post)
Brittany @ Book Addicts Guide is in charge of Mythology. (Sign up post)
Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy is in charge of 19th Century & Gothic Classics.
Alison @ The Cheap Reader is in charge of Children's Classics. (Sign up post)
Wendy @ Excellent Library is in charge of American & Misc. Classics. (Sign up post)

Here are some choices for 19th Century & Gothic Classics (but if you think of one not on this list, just comment below and I'll give you the OK for it, if it fits the category. Remember there is a separate category for all American Classics).  I have picked "The Time Machine" by HG Wells for my Classic.
Sign up by leaving a comment on this post with your choice and a link to your blog!

Jane Austen
Emma (Dee @ Dee's Book Blog)
Mansfield Park
Northanger Abbey (Mrs. Silverstein @ Reading on the F Train)
Persuasion (Daphne @ Gone Pecan / Paola & Alix @ A Novel Idea)
Pride and Prejudice (Melissa @ Harley Bear Book Blog / Andrea @ Beauty but a Funny Girl)
Sense and Sensibility

Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre (Amy @ Book Goonie / Merin @ Read and Reviewed)

Emily Bronte
Wuthering Heights 

Charles Dickens
Bleak House
Little Dorritt
Mystery of Edwin Drood
Nicholas Nickleby
The Old Curiosity Shop
Oliver Twist
Pickwick Papers
A Tale of Two Cities
A Christmas Carol

Fyodor Dostoevesky
Brothers Karamazov
Crime and Punishment
The Idiot

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes (Alisa @ Picture Me Reading / Alice @ Alice in Readerland)

Alexander Dumas
The Count of Monte Cristo (DoingDewey)
The Three Musketeers (Cassi @ Bright Forest)

George Eliot
Adam Bede
Daniel Deronda
Mill on the Floss
Silas Marner

Elizabeth Gaskell
Wives and Daughters (Whitney @ She Is Too Fond of Books)
North and South (Rachel @ Paper Cuts)


Thomas Hardy
Far From the Madding Crowd
Jude the Obscure
The Mayor of Casterbridge
The Return of the Native
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Amanda @ Off the Book)

Victor Hugo
Les Miserables (Tory @ The Sleeping Latte)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Gaston Leroux
The Phantom of the Opera (Krista @ Krista's Picks)

Edgar Allan Poe
Masque of the Red Death
Annabel Lee

Ann Radcliffe
The Mysteries of Udolpho

Sir Walter Scott

Mary Shelley
Frankenstein (Faith @ StudentSpyglass / Fi @ Bookish Outsider)

Robert L Stevenson
Treasure Island (InkSpired)

Bram Stoker

Jonathan Swift
Gulliver's Travels

William Thackeray
Vanity Fair

Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina
War and Peace

Jules Verne
Around the World in 80 Days
Journey to the Center of the Earth
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

H.G. Wells
Invisible Man (Melydia @ Utter Randomonium)
The Island of Dr. Moreau
The Time Machine (Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy)
War of the Worlds

Oscar Wilde
Picture of Dorian Gray

I'll be at Disneyland today, so I'll try to get to comments later tonight, or definitely tomorrow!  

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  1. I would love to do Jane Eyre. I've been wanting to reread it & finally watch the movie.

    Amy @ http://bookgoonie.com/
    bookgoonie at yahoo

    1. It's yours! Jane Eyre is my favorite book, so I definitely will be stalking your website in September! :) If it helps, I have a list of Jane Eyre related novels here.

      Thanks for participating!

  2. I was thinking about doing Jane Eyre but I want to branch out and try something new ..I am think Sherlock Holmes because I could talk about the Beekeeper's Daughter! :)

    1. I had the same idea! Though I'll miss not doing JE! :) Done, just added your name to the list! I had no idea The Beekeeper's Daughter was Holmes related!

  3. I'd love to sign up for Sherlock Holmes!
    I love Disneyland, have fun! :)

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

    1. Awesome! I saw you signed up on Wendy's blog as well, not sure what category we will ultimately put Sherlock, but someone will let you know! :) Thanks for signing up!

  4. Ooh ooh may I sign up for Invisible Man? :D

    melydia @ utter randomonium


    1. Absolutely! Yay for a fellow HG Wells participant! :)

  5. Can I do Pride and Prejudice please! Hope you're having fun at Disney!

    -Melissa @ Harley Bear Book Blog

    1. Of course! Just added you to the post. And thank you, I had a great time at Disney. :)

  6. I would be really interested in also doing Jane Eyre (you can have more than one person, right? I am reading that correctly, I hope; it's quite late and I need to go to bed!). It's a classic I've never read, but have seen all sorts of adaptations for, so I'd love to cross it off my to-read list. :)

    ~Merin @ Read and Reviewed~

    1. Yay for another Jane Eyre participant! Yes, it's 1-4 people for one text, so you can definitely choose it. I really hope you like it and I can't wait to see your posts on it (my fave book and all. :D)

    2. Your post you linked above to Amy is super helpful! I hadn't realized just how many retellings of Jane Eyre there are. I have two in e-galley form (I never read them because I couldn't squeeze in the source material, which I wanted to read first!) so am really excited to finally get to them!

    3. Oh thanks for that, I'm glad you found it helpful! Now I'm wondering - what books did you have as e-galleys?

    4. I am excited you are doing Jane Eyre!

    5. @Charlene, A Breath of Eyre and Ironskin are the two galleys I have!

      @Alisa, I'm pretty excited as well. I've been wanting to read it for absolute ages! :)

      And, um, sorry about the late reply! I don't get comment notifications and forgot to come back and check to see if anyone said anything. Fail!

      ~Merin @ Read and Reviewed~

  7. i would like to read Persuasion. gonepecanla.wordpress.com

  8. Can I sign up for Wuthering Heights please? I've been wanting to reread and this is the perfect excuse to do so and find retellings/watch Tom Hardy :)

    Fi @ Bookish Outsider

    1. Just put you down! It's a book I've been meaning to reread too! LOL enjoy the Tom Hardy project! I mean Classics Retold!

  9. May I read Wives and Daughters? Its been on my tbr for far too long.

    1. I just added you to the list! That's a book I need to read as well, if only so I can appreciate the BBC miniseries when I finally watch it. :)

  10. Hi Charlene,

    Could I use Frankenstein?

    Faith @ StudentSpyglass

    1. Yes Faith, I just added you to the list! Thanks for participating!

  11. I was having a long drawn out debate with myself between Les Miserables and Pride and Prejudice. However, Les Miserables is a one time read (and I've already done so) and I'm a bigger fan of the musical anyway. Additionally, I've been looking for an excuse to re-read Pride and Prejudice and I think I just found it! So I'll sign up for that one :)

    You can find my blog at http://beautybutafunnygirl.blogspot.com



    1. Les Mis is also a super long book - which has somewhat deterred me from reading it, but I will someday! :D I've just added you to P&P!

  12. I would love to do The Count of Monte Cristo :) http://doingdeweydecimal.wordpress.com/

  13. Hi! Can I sign up for Persuasion by Jane Austen? And is it okay if my co-blogger & I both work on the project for our blog? http://novelideareviews.com

    Paola & Alix @ A Novel Idea

    1. Absolutely fine for you both to work on the same book! I've added you to the post, have fun! :)

  14. Can I sign up for Emma please? I have it on my 50 classics challenge list and found some intriguing re-tellings from the looks of it - my blog is http://www.deesbookblog.com

    1. Oh I'm signed up for that challenge too and did the same thing - picked a book from my list. :) I've put you down for Emma!

    2. here is my intro post - http://deesbookblog.com/2013/05/22/classics-retold-emma/

    3. Thank you for letting me know! :)

  15. I got so excited when I saw this!!!

    As tempted as I am to do Pride and Prejudice (as it's one of my favorite books) I'm enthralled by the idea of doing The Phantom of the Opera. The book is so twisted. Can I sign up for that please?

    1. Yay, so glad you are joining up! I love the musical of POTO so much - hope it will be included in your Classics Retold posts! :) I've added you to the list!

    2. I will definitely be doing at least two versions if the musical (the 25th anniversary and the movie/musical). Yay! I'm excited!

    3. Awesome! I can't wait to read your posts! :)

  16. Charlene, I would love to dig for buried treasure in R.L. Stevenson's classic "Treasure Island". Let me know if that fits in and I will look forward to posting on my blog, InkSpired (www.melinda tfalgoust.doodlekit.com/blog) and on Twitter and
    FB to help spread the word!

    1. Be my guest! :D I've added you to the list, and I look forward to reading the post!

  17. Ooh ambitious book! Though I love the musical! I can't wait to see what you explore for this book! Thanks for participating!

  18. And books are always more important than work! :)

  19. Can I do North and South??? :) I love the BBC miniseries (Sigh, Richard Armitage.) and would love the excuse to read the book.

    This is such a cool project!

    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

    1. Absolutely! I'm glad someone will be reviewing the miniseries because I adore it too! And I can't wait to gush over it with you on your blog. :D Thanks for participating Rachel!

  20. I might have to join you for the heck of it, so I can finish reading it - since I got stalled on book 3 and I want to finish it up

  21. This project is shaping up to be good incentive! Let me know if you do want to change Dee, I will switch you over. :)

  22. I think i'm going to read it just to read it - and stick with Emma for my participation book - thanks though - I've seen all of the Les Mis musicals many times, as well as both the new movie and the 1996, so I would likely struggle finding something new

  23. Oh okay, that makes sense! I know there are a lot of cool things to read and watch for Emma!

  24. If it interests you, I already published my rewrite of Baroness Orczy's "The Scarlet Pimpernel." I blog at http://blog.cplesley.com, where the cover is prominently displayed.

  25. I know I am late to the party but could I still sign up. I love Holmes but I want to challenge my self with a book, I haven't read and want to The Three Musketeers.

    1. Yes! I've added you to the list! Thanks for participating Cassi!

  26. I would like to sign up for Northanger Abbey! What a fun idea! You can put me down as Jess from Reading on the F Train.

    1. Oops--didn't see that I'd missed the sign-up date. I'd still love to participate if it's ok!

    2. Oh that's okay, I've added you to the list! Glad for you to participate! :)

  27. Is it too late to participate? I would love to sign up for Tess of the D'Urbervilles! I haven't seen any of the adaptations, and would love a chance to reread the novel.

    1. Not too late! I just sent you an email which I hope you've received and I've added your name to the list! Welcome! :)