June 16, 2013
Anyone who knows me has heard me say, "The movie was okay, but the book was great!"
I find this to be true in almost every instance except classic literature. I have seen so many versions of Pride and Prejudice, but I have never read the book. Each time I pick it up to read, I can’t get past the language and the tiny print.
My favorite Jane Austen movie is Sense and Sensibility, the version with Alan Rickman as Colonel Brandon. Since I loved this one so much, I thought I would give the book a chance. Language and tiny print aside! I fixed the tiny print problem by checking out the large print version. The language part I achieved by reading it VERY SLOWLY! I made it through and enjoyed it, although it can’t top Alan Rickman. EVER!
If you are interested in classic literature but cannot make it through the old books, there are many different ways to get the exposure without reading the old book. We have several modernizations of the originals. My favorite is Jane by April Lindner. You can’t go wrong with Mr. Rochester as a rock star! We also have these great board books for little ones.
Whether you stick with the movie or pick up one of these books, classic literature can be enjoyable.
Blue Springs South Branch