I like a few classics. Pride and Prejudice. Jane Eyre. Fahrenheit 451. But for the most part I can’t stand them. They’re hard to read and there’s usually way to much exposition. This is a post inspired by my current attempt to tackle 1984 by George Orwell. I love the premise. It’s totally my kind of thing. But the way it’s written makes me hate it. I may have majored in English but classics will never be my thing. There’s a reason I went the Professional Writing route and not the Literature route.
I feel better having got this off my chest. I think the book community goes on and on about classics and it makes people like me feel a little left out and judged. (Though I’m speaking generally). I don’t quite get The Great Gatsby craze though I didn’t hate the book. And I’ll never be able to get through A Tale of Two Cities fully now that I’m not forced to. (Who am I kidding I didn’t even when I was forced to). Let’s not forget how much I hated To Kill a Mockingbird BOTH times I had to read it. And it’s okay!
Now I throw it to you. Do you like classics? Why do you love them? Why do you dislike them? I’m curious as to what others think of classics or if it’s really just me alone on this island of general dislike.