Classics are not just “those books you read for class”

Yes. Classics are more than that, and you know it.

However, I’ve noticed that many people have a problem with getting into classics, and I think that’s really sad because there are so many books they are missing on. And that’s why I’ve dedicated my first blog post to debunking some myths about classics.

First of all, “classics” is not a book genre. I really don’t understand why it is used that way. A classic is a book that is considered timeless, a book that brought some literary innovations and is as important now as it was in the past. Just because a book was written a long time ago, it doesn’t mean it is a classic. Besides that, classics can be any genre you can imagine. They can even be SF/dystopian such as Brave New World by Aldous Huxley or 1984 by George Orwell; horror such as Dracula by Bram Stoker or Carmilla by J. S. le Fanu; or horror/SF such as Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (which, I have to add, is one of my favourite books of all time.) And you also don’t have to limit yourself to novels. Maybe you prefer poetry? Or you should try and read some plays? I think plays are actually quite overlooked, but even though they are written to be played (as the name says), they can offer a great reading experience as well.

What can be concluded from my previous point is that classics are not boring. Yes, you can find some of them boring, and that’s fine. But the key is to look for classics that suit your taste. If you find the language or style of older books uninviting, then you can always try some of the modern classics.

So, if you need any guidance or recommendations, feel free to ask! Nothing would make me happier than sparking interest in reading classics. πŸ˜€

panguin

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