As you can tell, I like the classics. There is a reason they make you read these books in school ladies and gentleman. It is because they are awesome. They resound. They make you think and imagine and understand like you never had before.
Although I am an avid reader and lover of books, the one genre that I cannot get into is the classics. However, to be a well-rounded reader, everyone should read at least a few of this genre. If any of you are like me, you find most classics B-O-R-I-N-G.
As a fan of all things Jane Austen and a new reader of fantasy fiction, including the popular vampire craze, this title stood out while browsing the stacks. Vampire Darcy’s Desire is a Pride and Prejudice adaptation which takes the classic novel’s characters and adds a gothic, vampire inspired twist.
2010 brings several literary anniversaries with it. Most notability and most noticeably is Harper Lee’s immortal classic To Kill a Mockingbird. But while this book turned a mere fifty, another book celebrated the big One-Zero-Zero. This year marks the One Hundredth Anniversary of Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera. (2011 marks the 100th Anniversary of its English adaptation.)
My name is Nellie. I like reading books that stay with me for the rest of my life, and although I give contemporary literature a fair try, classics are still my favorites. Some of the dustiest books on the shelf are the best. Here are five books I love.
The classics at their best can appeal to a wide range of people and diverse groups. These books manage to touch certain universal themes that apply throughout different places and time periods. Yet, it's understandable how people can disagree as to what books really deserve to be called "classics". Literary tastes and opinions simply vary. Although, I'm certainly not implying that we give up reading some of the well known classics, or that any selection process for classic books is inherently subjective or flawed.
High school, with its 4 years of forced reading, can be difficult. English class is all sad books, which teens often have a hard time identifying with. As I have gotten older, I have learned to appreciate some of the common offenders, but there were a few that I actually enjoyed in high school. Maybe, they can be helpful to you if you get a choice. I hope so.
According to Webster's dictionary, the word classic means "serving as a standard of excellence: of recognized value." I always think of a classic as all those books you should read in your lifetime. Some may have been required reading in high school or college, others have just stood the test of time and still remain books people talk about.