I thought of this question while watching a collection of great movie monologues. I thought, “Shakespeare fans may not flock to classic literature in general, but they’ve probably got a higher appreciation for the classics than average.”
So here’s my question : Not Shakespeare, what’s your favorite “classic”? Book, or movie. Or both.
Tis the season so I’ll put up some props for A Christmas Carol - you simply *must* hear Patrick Stewart (a Shakespeare Geek fav in his own right!) perform his one-man show. Brilliance. I love the way Dickens manages to create characters so vivid that the story has been retold over and over and over again, in every flavor from the Muppets to Mr. Magoo.
Another shout out to Dickens for A Tale Of Two Cities, one of my favorite “epic novels” in this category. It certainly screams “high school English”, and I’m not sure that I’d ever sit down and reread it for pleasure, but it might be one of the great “martyr hero” stories of all time. It is a far far better thing that I do, than I have ever done. Gives Shakespeare a run for his money.
Lastly, getting back to what originally triggered this post, comes To Kill a Mockingbird, easily one of the top American novels ever, and surely a contender for best book-to-movie translation ever. When flipping randomly through the channels late on a Sunday night, I stumbled across this movie and immediately froze in my tracks, transfixed. 20+ years out of high school and I sat and explained to my wife just how good this story was, and the whole significance of the “Hi Boo!” scene that we’d just spotted.
Ok, that’s my list. Who else?