Announcing The 2020 Classic Literature On Film Blogathon!

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I am very pleased and excited to announce my first hosting of a blogathon – namely the Classic Literature On Film Blogathon!

And of course you are all kindly and heartily invited to partake!

Classic novels and plays have provided cinema with some of the greatest stories of all time. They are part of the fabric of culture and have been powerful in helping us to understand ourselves. Since the early days of cinema, film-makers have mined the richness of classic tales for the silver screen. Some of our most beloved films have been based on the works of Charles Dickens, the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen and Mark Twain, to name a few. Indeed, many classic novels have been produced many times.

So, the main focus of the blogathon is to celebrate, examine, critique and review those films that have been based on classic literature!

As already mentioned, the concept of ‘classic literature’ reflects what has been traditionally considered by scholars as those books and plays which have had a considerable impact on the development of literature. They have set the standards for and established certain genres and have given us some of the most recognised stories and characters.  So this blogathon aims to keep the focus within those boundaries – but of course that leaves everyone plenty of options!

Please have a look at the rules below and I TRULY hope you will take part!

Outline Of Rules

  1. This blogathon is not just restricted to reviewing actual films based on classic literature. Participants are encouraged to write on any angle regarding the topic area e.g comparisons of films based on a particular text, discussion of the textual integrity of films based on classic literature.
  2. Duplicates of films will be allowed for review but of course it’s a case of first in, so act fast. Whilst you are welcome to write more than one entry, there will be a limit of three posts per blog.
  3. This blogathon does focus on the classic era of Hollywood film – from the silent era to the 1960s. But please don’t let that hold you back, as all entries from all period will be happily accepted.
  4. All contributions must be new material only. Previously published posts will not be accepted.
  5. The blogathon will take place between April 3rd and 5th, 2020. Please submit your entries on either of these days or earlier if you wish. For those of you posting early, just remember that your entry won’t be linked until the event starts. 
  6. To express your interest in participating in the blogathon, you can so in the following ways:

 – please leave a comment on my blog along with the name and URL of your blog, and the subject you wish to cover

 – or you can always register by email at: For those of you who wish to register by email, please be sure to include the name and URL of your blog, and the topic you wish to cover.

Once you get confirmation, please spread the word about this blogathon by advertising the event on your blog and other social media. Please feel free to use one of these ads to advertise the event.

Looking forward to seeing you in April!

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72 thoughts on “Announcing The 2020 Classic Literature On Film Blogathon!

  1. Looks interesting. Does Anya Seton count as serious classic literature? If it does I’d like to write about Dragonwyck (movie), a Victorian (sort of) Noir.

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  2. Hi, Paul – Congratulations on your hosting! I would like contribute a blog on Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina”, doing a comparison of the 1935 Greta Garbo verison with the 1948 British adaptation with Vivien Leigh.

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  3. I have a rather ambitious project in mind. I will do a three part series on various adaptations of the H. G. Wells classic “War of the Worlds”. Projected reviews of three versions of film the 1953 George Pal version, the 2005 Steven Spielberg version and a direct to video version made in England that remains pretty true to the novel from 2005 also. Lots of other stuff will be referenced but those three will be the focus.


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      1. Yes. The project will more or less be one movie per day plus some other information and comments about various other permutations of the theme.

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  4. Hi Paul, I have an idea but want to make sure it fits with your vision of the blogathon. If possible I’d like to write about Hans Christian Andersen (1952). It’s a fictional retelling of the author’s life but his stories and the impact they have on the people around him are woven into the movie beautifully.

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  5. Paul: Sorry for the short notice, but my life has been rather hectic of late. Would it be okay to write about the Marlon Brando version of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE? If not, how about the 1925 Lon Chaney version of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA?

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    1. Please don’t apologise. I know you are going through a very rough time and with all the current chaos in the world it must be real difficult. Would be thrilled to have you aboard and by all means either choice is fine. Let me know which you would like and I’ll be happy to add you to the list.

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  6. This has been a real downer of a week. Not sick, but just worried and a little depressed. Sorry to have to back out so late but I just couldn’t get motivated. Hopefully I will get back in the mood soon.

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