Let’s talk about all things Classics. Do you like the genre? What are some of your favorites?
Honestly, I’m not very well read in the classics genre. I read the ones we had to for school, but seeing as those were quite a bit stuffy and we analyzed them to death, I mostly got turned off on the genre. There are some, however, that I’ve read by choice and loved, such as Gone with the Wind, Jane Eyre, and Phantom of the Opera.
I find the classics to be difficult to understand as I am sure others do since often times I am lacking the cultural reference that is necessary to read them and really understand their impact. I think books are less subtle today, or perhaps that is because I get the subtle references to current events. I am not sure. The first “classic” I ever read that I did not find to be boring and difficult was Jane Eyre. After that, I tried other classics that weren’t as stuffy as I would have thought.
I think the true marker of a classic is a book that’s just as relevant today as when it was written. I definitely haven’t read all the classics, but have read some. And more than the ones just required in school. I like Austen, Shakespeare, Bronte, Verne. Catch-22 is amazing. I like the Greek Tragedies. But, there are many Classics I didn’t enjoy, haven’t read, and have no intention of reading. I think that as readers, we should challenge ourselves, broaden our horizons. But I also think we should read what we want. If you aren’t interested in a life before cell phones, air planes, and tv, you don’t have to read those stories. If you are, then start with a genre you already like, do some research, and try out a Classic.