A Classic Couple: AS YOU LIKE IT and TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE

Welcome to another Classic Couple: post! In this series, I choose a classic and a more contemporary read that I think resemble each other and discuss why I think they're similar. Today I’ll be comparing and contrasting As You Like It by William Shakespeare (1599) and To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny …

A Classic Couple: LIGHT IN AUGUST and THE HUMAN STAIN

Welcome to another Classic Couple: post! Today I’ll be comparing and contrasting Light in August by William Faulkner (1932) and The Human Stain by Philip Roth (2000). Light in August is one of my favorite Faulkner novels (which is saying a lot because I have many favorite Faulkner novels). Recently I was thinking about this novel and what I could possibly pair …

A Classic Couple: ANIMAL FARM and WATERSHIP DOWN

Today I'll be discussing a particularly four-legged Classic Couple: Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945) and Watership Down by Richard Adams (1972). Although these books may both be considered "classics" at times, they are rarely considered alongside one another. While Animal Farm is known for being an allegory for the Russian Revolution of 1917, Adams wrote in his Introduction that he …

A Classic Couple: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN and THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

Today I'm here to discuss a rather unlikely Classic Couple (this one made of two classics!): The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1885) and The Wind in the Willows (1908). As most American students who have been assigned to read Huck Finn in English class will know, this classic novel is about a white boy and black slave …

A Classic Couple: THE CATCHER IN THE RYE and PORTNOY’S COMPLAINT

What’s this?! A Classic Couple post?! After SO MANY MOONS OF ABSENCE?!?! I’m so excited to be back with this feature because it’s one of my absolute favorites. I have such a soft spot for classic lit and even though there are certainly some problematic beans out there (I’m looking at you, male-dominated white western …

A Classic Couple: The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower

When I realized recently that I have never made a Classic Couple pairing of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye (1951) and Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999), I vowed to remedy that situation immediately. This classic/contemporary duo always reminds me of the start of the school year, which makes this the …

A Classic Couple: Romeo & Juliet and The Hunger Games

Sometimes it seems as though everyone is birthed from the womb with an inherent knowledge of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. I have a feeling that a similar situation will happen with Suzanne Collins' novel The Hunger Games in a few generations. Just as the mention of Shakespeare's famous play immediately conjures up ideas of star-crossed lovers and family feuds, The …

A Classic Couple: Middlemarch and Nervous Conditions

A few months ago I discussed Tsitsi Dangarembga's 1988 novel Nervous Conditions in the context of feminist writing and postcolonial literature. Today, I'll like to talk about this remarkable novel in a slightly different context: coupled with George Eliot's classic 1871 novel Middlemarch. Published over a century apart and set against very different backdrops, these two novels are nevertheless tied …

A Classic Couple: Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea

Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 novel Jane Eyre is one of the books that first made me fall in love with classic literature. I remember reading it on a family road trip before my senior year of high school, captivated by Jane's independence and resilience. For years librarians, professors, and bookish friends who know that Jane Eyre is a favorite of …

A Classic Couple: The Lost World and Jurassic Park

Today I bring you a very specie edition of A Classic Couple featuring two remarkable books: The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1912) and Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (1990). You may be wondering what a novel by the creator of Sherlock Holmes has to do with the book that inspired my favorite movie. The answer? The Lost …