Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Armchair BEA 2013 - Genre Discussion - Classics

Well I'll be straight with you all and admit that I really am not a fan of the classics.

It's not for a lack of trying either, I've attempted to read some Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, George Orwell (who did actually surprise me), plus all the usual classic titles they make you read at school (especially since I did related English, classic literature was ALL we focused on).

Unfortunately, classic literature just isn't me. I lose focus on the language used and usually just get plain bored with the slow storylines.

I don't know. Maybe I just haven't found the right 'Classic' book to really make me sit up a take notice. The problem is that there are just too many new books released all the time I want to read instead, as well as the huge backlog of older books I also already have, that I guess in a selfish way I don't want to waste my time going back and reading such old books.

I'm probably going to sound awful after this post but I wanted to be truthful. After all, discussions would never get anywhere really if everyone agreed all the time right??

What do you think about classic books? Is there that one 'Classic' that you think would change my mind??



  1. I bet there is a classic book that would change your mind, but... I have no idea what to suggest at the moment. I totally get what you are saying though. You have to slow down to read them, which makes you feel like you are missing out on all the other things! It's frustrating. That being said, I love the classics and they remains some of my all time favorite books.

  2. It's OK. I'm not a big classic fan either, although there are some good ones. Don't sweat it. Just read....

  3. I do love the Classics, but I understand it can't be for everyone! Maybe some day you'll come across one that you will love (maybe one that has inspired a more recent book that you loved?)

  4. if that's a consolation, I hate Jane Austen! Have you tried some classics in a genre you like, let's say: adventure? The Count of Monte Cristo? Jules Verne? you mention gardening in your profile, what about The Secret Garden? a fabulous easy classic, that every gardener should read I think. I have met a blogger who read it again every Spring!

  5. Classics aren't everyone's cup of tea, but I know some have been rewritten using more modern language and you might try one of those if the mood ever strikes you :)

  6. I would have to recommend To Kill a Mockingbird, BUT that said I totally agree, classics are NOT my cup of tea!


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