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The ABCs of Literature — A Listlet

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I wrote my own “quiz”/listlet (yes, I just made up that word) a couple of years ago and thought it would be fun to revisit it. If you like it, feel free to re-post on your blog or Facebook page, and be sure to come back and share the link in a comment!

My ABCs of Literature

List your favorite . . .

Austen (Jane) novel: Persuasion

Brontë sister’s novel: Jane Eyre

Clancy or Crichton novel and/or movie: Jurassic Park (book & film adaptation)

Dickens novel and/or film: Bleak House (it’s the only one I’ve read through, and I love the 2006 miniseries adaptation)
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English class you took: History of the English Language

Frequently read author: Currently, Courtney Milan

Grisham novel and/or movie: Novel—The Rainmaker; film—A Time to Kill

Historical novel*: The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
*Written at a time well after that in which it’s set.

Iconic fictional character: Ichabod Crane 😉

James Joyce or Henry James? Henry James—Turn of the Screw especially

King in literature (i.e., a character who’s a king, real or fictional): King Henry V of England (Shakespeare’s version)

Lord of the Rings character: Éomer (was there any doubt?)

Movie made from classic literature: Persuasion 1995

Newberry Medal–winning book: Sarah, Plain and Tall (1986)

Oldest book you own (not necessarily “favorite,” just oldest): The entire Harvard Classics set, © 1909

Pirate in literature: Tie: “El Salvador” and “Shaw” (Ransome’s Quest)

Quiet place to read: In bed

Robin Hood version (which film/TV series?): Disney’s animated version

Shakespeare play or poem: Much Ado about Nothing

Twain (Mark) novel/story/essay: “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” (short story)
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USA Today Bestseller: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Villain: Loki

Walt Whitman or William Wordsworth? Whitman (Leaves of Grass is one of my favorite works of literature)

Xanthippe (an ill-tempered woman; a shrew): Lady Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing

Yawn-inducing bedtime read: Something by Dickens

Zealously protected book you’ll never part with: Victoria by Willo Davis Roberts—I’ve had it since I was fourteen or fifteen, it was what really got me motivated to start writing, it’s taped together, and I haven’t read it in years, but I’ll never part with it.

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  1. Dora permalink
    Wednesday, October 8, 2014 8:47 am

    I shared the link to Facebook and have will return when I have my list completed. I can answer some, but the rest will be difficult. I need time to think.

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  2. Dora permalink
    Wednesday, October 8, 2014 11:08 am

    Okay. Here is my listlet. I have changed some of the “letters”, but it is still a listlet of my favorites.

    Austen (Jane) novel: tie, between Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility

    Blume (Judy) novel: Are You There God, It me Margaret. (My category, haven’t read the Bronte’s, yet–on my TBR)

    Clancy or Crichton novel and/or movie: Clear and Present Danger–movie –Harrison Ford, need I say more.

    Dickens novel and/or film: A Christmas Carol–no surprises there.

    English class you took: American Literature–Junior year of High School, introduced me to some very great American authors.

    Frequently read author: currently, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Vannetta Chapman and Shelley Shepherd Gray

    Grisham novel and/or movie: A Time to Kill (both) and The Chamber (movie)

    Historical novel*: A Tale of Two Cities

    Iconic fictional character: tie–Scrooge and Tiny Tim

    Judge from literature/novel: Judge Cynthia Baker-Klien (referred to as Icabod)–Directed Verdict and The Judge Who Stole Christmas–by Randy Singer (Again, my own category)

    King in literature: Edward IV–The White Queen, by Philippa Gregory

    Legal Thriller novel: Dead Lawyer Tell No Tales, by Randy Singer (My category)

    Movie made from classic literature: A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott and the animated version with Mr. MacGoo.

    Newberry Medal Honor Book: Charlotte’s Web

    Oldest book you own (not necessarily “favorite”, just oldest): The Bible–not sure of the copyright. I inherited it from my grandmother. It contains a family register.

    Pirate in literature: Baret from The Buccaneers series, by Linda Chaikin

    Quiet place to read: tie between in bed and in the bathtub

    Robin Hood version (which film/TV series?): tie–Disney’s animated version and Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

    Shakespeare play or poem: The Taming of the Shrew

    Twain (Mark) novel/story/essay: Huckleberry Finn

    USA Today Bestseller: Harry Potter series and Killing Lincoln

    Villain: Dracula

    Witch in literature: Glenda the Good Witch (Wizard of Oz) (my category)

    Xanthippe (an ill-tempered woman; a shrew): Katherina from The Taming of the Shrew

    Yawn-inducing bedtime read: The Bible-sad, I know

    Zealously protected book you’ll never part with: A Christmas Carol—I may have several copies of this book and continue to buy newer “versions”, but I can’t part with any of them. I simply love this book.

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  3. Jennifer Fisher permalink
    Wednesday, October 8, 2014 12:38 pm

    Hi, Kaye! I’m new to your website. What a marvelous resource for my writing–thank you! I just had to let you know that I too loved my History of the English Language class. I didn’t need it for my Mass Communication degree, so I took it as a graduate class at Indiana University, South Bend. Fascinating.

    Jennifer Fisher

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  4. Saturday, October 18, 2014 7:04 pm

    Wow, this makes me realize how much classic literature I haven’t read … =)

    Link to mine: http://theartistlibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/10/my-abcs-of-literature-via-kaye-dacus.html

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