Best Underrated/Overlooked Classics

Classics that are underrated, have fallen under the radar, have been suppressed and not recovered, or used to be all the rage but have become obscured by the sands of time.

Perhaps particularly applicable to anything under 100,000 ratings, the lesser works of well-known authors, out of print books, and/or any not adapted for TV or film.
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message 1: by BookLovingLady (last edited Apr 09, 2017 12:56PM) (new)

BookLovingLady The description of this Listopia says and any not adapted for TV or film but I noticed several titles on this list which have been made into films or television series and can therefore hardly be called 'overlooked'...


message 2: by Erica (new)

Erica Zahn I meant those descriptors in an 'either/or' way - as in, books that have never been adapted would be appropriate choices, but it's not a requirement.


message 3: by BookLovingLady (last edited Apr 09, 2017 11:41PM) (new)

BookLovingLady Erica wrote: "I meant those descriptors in an 'either/or' way - as in, books that have never been adapted would be appropriate choices, but it's not a requirement."

Still, books that have been made into films/television series can hardly be called overlooked, as they then reach millions of people :-)


message 4: by Erica (new)

Erica Zahn I agree that it helps their exposure, but my thinking was that some classics go in and out of fashion over time - so even if something was adapted in the distant past, or was put to film/TV by a lesser known production company, that doesn't guarantee that it'll be recognised by the general public now. I guess it varies from country to country too (i.e. the 'national' classics of one country might not be so well known overseas).


message 5: by BookLovingLady (last edited Apr 10, 2017 04:18AM) (new)

BookLovingLady Erica wrote: "(i.e. the 'national' classics of one country might not be so well known overseas). ..."
Oh, absolutely.

Erica wrote: "or was put to film/TV by a lesser known production company ..."
One can hardly call the BBC lesser known, and several of the titles of the list were sold abroad, as I watched them on Dutch television ;-).


message 6: by Erica (new)

Erica Zahn Again, it is an and/or situation - if it was BBC produced but is relatively old, it might have gone out of vogue by now. I agree that there are particular 'classic' adaptations that retain their popularity over time, though.


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