June 7: Ten Reasons I Love Classic Literature
- could be a certain book, character, author, your indie bookstore, a fandom, a tv show, reading, a hobby, a genre. Honestly anything you want to gush about.
1. Good stories. No matter how old, the stories are still valid today. People haven't changed all that much, neither have their dreams and ambitions.
2. Quality. These books have been read over centuries by so many people and are still on the best-selling lists. That must mean something.
3. Language. Classic authors use so much vocabulary, a lot of it has gone lost in the meantime. They also express themselves so well. I learned a lot of my English through classic novels.
4. Knowledge. There is a lot to learn from history and reading classic novels teaches us more than what the Bennetts had for breakfast.
5. Challenge. I know many people find them too hard but that's just the nice thing about them, they challenge the brain, it's like exercise for your intellect, reading a 1,000 page long story by Tolstoy is like jogging every day.
6. Pleasure. You can read those books again and again, they are always "new" again. As Meg Ryan says about "Pride & Prejudice" in "You've Got Mail": "I'm always in agony over whether Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are going to get together."
7. Learning. We might not learn anything new about this world but we will definitely learn more about us. Reading a classic is as much a soul searching trip as it is reading a novel
8. Book Cover. You can buy the books in so many different forms nowadays. I have a couple of really nice editions of my favourites. Just looking at them makes me feel happy.
9. Connection to the author. I always feel that with any book I read but even more with the classic authors I love and have read so much about.
10. Films. All of the classics have been turned into movies over and over again. We can see our favourite heroes and heroines in so many different ways.