Some insane(ly awesome) people put together the Classics Retold reading challenge, which basically involves reading a classic and then reading/watching as many adaptations of said classic as you can this summer. Throughout September, participants will post about all of the things they read and watched.
Sound good? You have until May 25 to sign up at one of the following blogs:
- Alyssa at Books Take You Places will be hosting Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Lit.
- Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide will be hosting Mythology.
- Charlene at Bookish Whimsy will be hosting 19th Century and Gothic Classics.
- Alison at The Cheap Reader will be hosting Children’s Classics.
- Wendy at Excellent Library will be hosting American and Misc. Classics.
It should surprise approximately no one when I tell you I signed up for Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Lit. But my pick probably will surprise you.
I had every intention of choosing Tristan and Iseult, my favorite medieval legend ever, but then I stopped to consider how many times I’ve read it and how many adaptations I’ve read, and decided maybe I should broaden my horizons. And Othello has been on my summer reading list the past couple years and I still haven’t gotten to it, so here I am, breaking my policy of pretending the Renaissance didn’t exist. (That’s not entirely accurate. I actually do love certain parts of the Renaissance. Mostly the parts involving the Medici or the Tudors.)
Anyway, I come bearing a list of the material I will tackle this summer:
- Othello by William Shakespeare: I hear there is a lot of back-stabbing and jealousy and all that good stuff. There is not a single thing here I don’t like.
- Othello (1995): Absolutely necessary because Kenneth Branagh.
- Omkara (2006): A Bollywood retelling of Othello that my library happens to have, and I plan to take full advantage of this.
- I, Iago by Nicole Galland: I love me some villains. I hope this is as interesting as it sounds.
- Iago by David Snodin: This looks like it’s some sort of sequel to the play, and it also sounds interesting.
Have you or are you going to sign up for the Classics Retold challenge? Which classic are you tackling?