Reading Challenge the Third
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Read Your Victorian Literature
Queen Victoria reigned from 1837-1901.
If your book wasn't published during those particular years,
but is by an author considered 'Victorian' then go for it.
We're here for reading, not historical facts!
Also, this can include works by authors from other countries,
so long as they are from this period.
Book blogger recognition, here I come!!! =D
(Not that I'll know what to do with it when I get it.)
Believe it or not, I actually have a book list this time, because this challenge gives me the perfect excuse to get started on something I've wanted to do for a few months now . . .
(This isn't a real challenge, by the way . . .)
Okay, so the movie adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was kind of a flop. I still really, really enjoyed all the literary allusions. And the Steampunk was just great--so good I could almost overlook the horrible CGI. (Almost.)
Which is why it is with great shame that I admit I haven't actually read most of the novels or short stories whose characters come to new life here. None but one--and that was in elementary school! And it's the novel that wasn't even supposed to be there, so it doesn't do much to elevate me from (my self-imposed) Literary Loser level. Time to get reading!
Here are, in alphabetical order, the Victorian works of literature I am giving myself one year to read . . .
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard -- COMPLETED!
The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne
The Final Problem by Arthur Conan Doyle
(You'll have to use your secret decoder rings for the last one because it contains a spoiler for the movie.)
I guess this means I'm going for the Victorian Reading Challenge's Great Expectations level!
PS--If you're wondering what US Secret Service agent Tom Sawyer (!!!) is doing in there . . . The filmmakers weren't happy about having an all-European cast of characters, so they threw in an American. =P
PPS--Yes, it's the only one of the bunch I can say I have read . . . if having read something once, almost twenty years ago can still count as "having read something." (Does reading have an expiration date?)
PPPS--Some of you might remember that Fire Storm and I were supposed to have read Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea together last year. Let's just say that although he tried to bluff his way through it and failed, I bluffed my way through it with amazing success. =P And after he said he just wouldn't be able to read it, I thought, "Well, heck, I'm not reading it, either!" Further proof, I suppose, that I was always too immature to teach high school students.)
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