From the new imprint, Pulp! the Classics. They're all pretty great.
I don't read many classics any more. Barely any. A while back though I took a notion to read Pride & Prejudice for the first time. I'm a big kindle fan but for this book I wanted my first time to be special :P
I hunted down and bought a very nice vintage hardback, complete with gilt trim and (faux) leather and settled down to read...then I laid it aside and had an attack of doubt. What if I hated it? EVERYONE else seems to love it and the pressure to get sucked in by it felt huge. I decided to delay reading it until I felt I was in the right mood for it to grab me. Eventually I decided that even if I hated it I'd just say I loved it so that nobody would think I was stupid :D
Mkay, now where did that fancy book go? *sigh* Nowhere to be found. It's like the thing has vanished into thin air. Ah well, never mind, my kindle is special too, I suppose.
Nope, two chapters into the kindle edition and I'm not feeling it. I really need this one in paper.
So, fast forward a few weeks spent checking charity shops for any copy I could lay my hands on without any success and I take myself online. I'm browsing a few different covers when I spy the mother lode... Soon as I saw it I knew that was The Special I had been looking for.
It's just perfect. It's published by a company called Pulp! The Classics and their covers have all been given a vintage re-do with cute tag-lines to match. This one has Colin Firth as the inspiration :D
Pride & Prejudice was their first release and although they're quite a new press they've got a nice selection of classics and a few more near to publishing date.
The text of the books is the exact classic's text, it's just the covers that are different. They all have the coloured page edges like some vintage paperbacks used to have as standard (Pride & Prejudice has red edges) and are made to look beat up and stained on the covers. So cute.
I love my P&P copy so that I'm saving up for all the others too. LOVE. THEM.
I was reading it in the hospital waiting room last week and two separate ladies came over to me and asked about it :) It's a great conversation starter, lol.
Anyhoo....the story... I LOVE IT!! No lie, I really do, lol. I'm working through it slowly to make it last but I'm happy to announce that I really like it. Darcy is an arse and I don't blame Elizabeth for turning him down but I'm just at the part where she's starting to melt a little towards him and it's great! I'm going to watch all the dramatizations and movies next and have stock piled the spin off knock off books about Pemberly and Longbourne and vampires, etc :)
I think Wuthering Heights is next!
This finish gets me 320 pages closer to 1 Million pages challenge. 80,925/1,000,000
Caution! There’s rambling ahead!
Usually I don't read reviews in order to find out about the plot of a certain novel. I read reviews to find out about the reading experience. This is also why I write reviews. And I really don't think the world needs another plot overview of Wuthering Heights. Instead I want to talk about how my perception of this classic changed and how I came to love what I once found utterly boring.
I don't really know how I could have been so completely unaware of the plot of a classic like Wuthering Heights but apart from the famous names of Heathcliff and Catherine and the fact that it takes place on the wild English moors I knew next to nothing about it. Most of my knowledge comes from that one episode of FRIENDS where Phoebe and Rachel attend a literature class for fun and Rachel never finishes the reading material and tries to cheat her way through it. So yeah, my knowledge was very profound, as you can see.
In 2009 I decided I need to read WH. It’s one of these absolute classics and everyone seems to think it’s really good. So, you know, I gave it a shot. And boy was I disappointed. I dragged myself through the first 50 pages, was bored out of my mind, and called it a day. I’ve always had second thoughts about the fact that I quit. And five years later, in March 2014, I ordered myself a copy of WH. The idea was to make myself read it again – so many people love this book; 98,000 five-star reviews can’t be wrong! (btw, apparently they can – Fifty Shades has 226,000!!) At least in the case of WH they aren’t! Yes, the first 50 pages are a bit tough to get through because you have no idea what’s going on and all these names are thrown at you and the narrator seems to have nothing to do with the actual story.
But once you get past that! The tragedy! The stupidity of the characters! The evilness! I loved it all. Above all, I loved to hate almost every single character. I am not quite sure why this novel is so often treated as a tragic and passionate love story and everyone seems to be pining away about Heathcliff. I hated him with all my heart. Same goes for Catherine. And that brat Linton! But every single one of them got what they deserved in the end. I’ve heard a lot of people state that they can only like a book if at least one character is likeable. WH is not for them. I guess, one can argue that Nelly might be likeable, but I don’t buy it. I loved it because everyone acted terribly selfish and ruthless; and there was absolutely no one to like.
What I am trying to say here is that I went from giving this book one star to giving it five. There is always a right time or mood for a book. And maybe I needed to be in a certain mind set in order to appreciate the beauty that is Wuthering Heights; which makes me think there might be other books out there that I need to reconsider.
I guess this review is not as informative as most people would want it to be but I needed to get this off my chest. Thank you for your kind attention!
I was just looking for a new edition of Pride and Prejudice so that I wouldn't have to take my precious hardcover with me on the train. And look what I found!
So, have you seen these?
Some independent (I think) publisher from the UK has taken it upon themselves to give some of our beloved classics an all new vintage look!
They are made up like cheap pulp ficiton novels with tagline, used looking cover and coloured edges. The series is called Pulp! The classics and I for one love its style!