I don’t know about you, but I have a love hate relationship with “classic” literature. First off, let me start by ranting about how everyone assumes just because I read a lot, that I’m an expert on classic literature. I may have touched on this before, but many people assume that just because I own over 1,000 books, and I spend most of my free time reading, that I’ve read all the classics. Well, sorry, but I haven’t. I’d like to read several of them, but unfortunately many of them can be a chore to get through.
Pride and Prejudice happens to be one of my favorite books, and I’ve read several of Austen’s other works, and I appreciate her wit and style. In fact, I make a point of trying to read Pride and Prejudice every year. However, that doesn’t mean I like every book written in the 1800s. In fact, I really wanted to like Jane Eyre but found the book to be incredibly boring and I skimmed through several parts. Sadly, I prefer the movie version
with Michael Fassbender, ohmygourd and I felt that the book could have been cut down by about a third. But on the other hand, I read David Copperfield towards the end of middle school and loved it. I definitely want to read more Charles Dickens. I also want to read Wuthering Heights. But back on the negative side, I couldn’t even finish Dracula or Little Women, I found them both too boring to even finish. I really want to read Moby Dick, but I’ve been putting it off because I’m pretty sure I’ll hate it. I’ve decided not to attempt Anna Karenina because I don’t think I could get through that either. Even the wiki on that book is too long to read!
So as you can see, I’m pretty divided. I’m sure there are reasons that classics are considered classics, but that doesn’t mean I should want or have to read them just because someone else judged them to be classic. Most of the time I just feel too removed from the writing style.
How about you – Do you enjoy the classics? What books in the classic category have you read? Any in your TBR?