Top Ten Classic Books

This week’s Top Ten list from http://www.brokeandbookish.com was about favorite classics. There are so many it’s hard to choose! *cracks knuckles* My definition of a classic for these purposes does not include plays or fairy tales because it would be like all fairy tales and praising Oscar Wilde’s sass and Shakespearean insults. Here we go!

1. The Complete Works of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
-I’d bounce, sing like a raincloud, chase “dragons” (geese), get a little bit of butter for my bread, and bless India rubber balls every chance I get!

2. Scaramouche by Raphael Sabatini
-This book is the epitome of the older definition of romance that included adventure! He also does outlaws, revenge, and true love, so basically-if you like the Princess Bride in any format, you should definitely read this!

3. Persuasion by Jane Austen
-This is my favorite Austen novel.

4. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
-The torture chamber episode wins everything. Why is it not properly in films??? And for that matter, the Phantom’s original backstory-it’s much more exciting and intriguing than what Andrew Lloyd Webber and others have come up with!

5. Candide by Voltaire
-Giant sheep, horny eunichs, and characters that get away with acting like whack-a-moles with Death.

6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
-I tried to only have one, but no-this is up here, too.

7. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
-I love most L’Engle books, but this one does have just that perfect balance to it.

8. Narnia by C.S. Lewis
-Walking through wardrobes, intricate dancing every first snowfall until someone gets hit with a snowball, turning into a dragon…these are the imaginings I love.

9. Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie
-I’ve read all the Hercule Poirot novels but this is still my favorite.

10. The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe
-The man wore motley!

What classics do you love?

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Top Ten Favorite Secondary Characters

Yoinked from: http://hardcoversandheroines.com/2013/08/26/top-ten-favorite-secondary-characters/

 

1. Will from “His Dark Materials” by Philip Pullman  (I say anyone not in all books of a series can be considered secondary, if you’re wondering.)

2. Inigo Montoya from “The Princess Bride” by William Goldman (This one’s a little iffy, as it’s really an ensemble cast, but…dammit, I love him and I am taking this chance to declare it!)

3. Rob Anybody from the Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett.

4. Maddie from “Fever” by Lauren DeStefano (She is by far my favorite character overall.  I desperately want her to wind up in charge of everything.  This is my head-cannon.)

5. Thorin from “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkein (The primary reason why I detest the old cartoon version is their horrid characterization of Thorin.)

6. The Jester from “King Lear” by Shakespeare (He has, by far, the best and most brilliant insults of all the bard’s works.  And THAT, my friends, is saying something!)

7. The Persian from “Phantom of the Opera” by Gaston Leroux (WHY does he not show up in more movie versions??  He is wonderful!)

8. Puddleglum from “Silver Chair” by C.S. Lewis (You TELL that witch, you beautiful pessimist!)

9. Calcifer from “Howl’s Moving Castle” by Diana Wynne Jones (I want him to run my house!)

10. Gollum in everything by J.R.R. Tolkein (I know I already did something from “Hobbit”, but this counts as separate since it covers “Lord of the Rings,” too.  The sneaky creature stole my love from “Riddles in the Dark”.)

 

Who are yours?

New Year’s Literary Resolutions

The New Year approaches and many people are attempting to choose their New Year’s resolutions.  To help with this important choice, I have compiled a list of advice about resolutions from several British Literary Greats.  Choose to implement this advice with sense and sensibility, or dismiss them as merely sound and fury, signifying nothing at your own peril.

 

British Literary Greats’ Guide to New Year’s Resolutions:

1. Do not: make resolutions based on anything said by weird sisters, or any trio of strange females.

2. Do not: make resolutions based on what you heard from the ghost of a family member.

3. Do: make resolutions based on what you heard from ghosts of time periods.

4. Do not: make resolutions about avoiding the opposite sex. It never works out.

5. Do: make resolutions based on telepathic communications from exes.

6. Do: make your resolutions without reference to any person wholly unconnected with you, particularly if they are cantankerous old women who have not been accustomed to language such as yours.

7. Do not: make resolutions based on one dance request.

8. Do: make resolutions based on letters from scorned lovers.

9. Do not: resolve to keep trophies from Dark Lords, even when they are vanquished.

10. Do not: make resolutions based on Turkish Delight.

 

15 points for every author you can name.  25 points for every title and author.  50 points for any new literary advice.

 

Enjoy your holidays and may the new year bring you good things, whether your resolution helps or hinders you.

Literary Classics Gift-Giving Guide

For those who prefer to get their advice from sources more reputable than Disney, I have here a few gifting tips from the literary classics.  Names of works or authors are accepted.  24 points per reference and 50 points to any new references you add.

 

Literary Classics  Gift-Giving Guide

 

1. Make sure to get gifts in the desired color-it keeps things rosy.

2. Don’t give gifts that are too big-it might become an invasion of their space.

3. Consider giving gifts you made yourself-anything that could become an intimate password response just makes home feel more yours.

4. Musical instruments are marvelous romantic gifts, if you can afford the right quality.

5. Things that light up are good gift ideas-it’s always good to have one more light in dark places, in case all other lights go out.

6. If your gift is taking someone else’s place for something distasteful, like chores, remember that it helps to have a good motto to get you through it-preferably about the satisfaction of giving.

7. If getting something engraved, be sure to include both your name and the recipient’s.  It might just help your name reach the ears of someone it’d be very interesting to meet.

8. Getting something in the recipient’s style is far more important than getting something more fancy or expensive.

9. Stories are even better gifts if you can make the recipient the star of the tale.

10. It’s generally agreed by the classic authors that medieval weapons are a great gift idea-more modern arms, not so much.

 

Hopefully these signposts will help you further along in your great holiday gifting quest.  Good luck!