With The Great Gatsby hitting theaters (which I have yet to see) it appears more and more prevalent that people know the classics through movies. When asked about Pride and Prejudice, rather than the first thing coming to mind being the author Jane Austen, it is Keira Knightley and who wrote that again? Now with Gatsby, those unfamiliar with F. Scott Fitzgerald may bring Leonardo DiCaprio to mind. While I do cringe when people associate Pygmalion with Audrey Hepburn, in the big scheme of things that’s okay. While like any high school teacher it be preferable to read the book rather than watch the movie. The story is still there and the visual can be just as enthralling as the written word. I feel that way about Gone with the Wind, so I can easily see how that can happen.
A few of my favorite classics that I think would be a good jumping off point are:
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank