Thursday, July 17, 2008


J Kaye was tagged with a meme about Classics. After I commented, I started to think some more about it. Like J. Kaye, I consider myself a Junkyard reader. You will see me browsing the romance section, then the literature section (looking for historical fiction) then to mystery and suspense. I don't seek out the Classics, but if they find me I will read them.

I don't remember a lot of the Classics we had to read in school. In 9th grade, we read William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. I really have no feelings about it. I have read 1984, Animal Farm, Brave New World. I don't remember much about them. Something about they are watching you, I don't know. The Scarlett Letter, well at the time I don't think I liked it. but over time it has grown on me. I have become more politically aware about the concepts that were alluded to in The Scarlett Letter so it makes better sense. I may be one of the few people in the world who did not like the Color Purple. I had to read it for a class in college. I did not like it then nor do I like it now. I don't understand the appeal of this book.

I love the Little House Books. When I was growing up I read them so many times that I broke book spines and tore covers. As soon as I could I bought all the books in hardcover so that they could last and I could share with my children. Sad to say my eldest did not get into them and I think my youngest will not develop a love for reading. I also loved Little Women

Some Classics I love in movie form but I am afraid to read. I love BCC/A&E's Pride and Prejudice. I recently watched all six Jane Austin adaptions on PBS. I have not read any of the books. The same is true for Gone With the Wind. I know that books usually are better then movies but I can't take the chance of ruining any of my allusions about these stories.

I have bought Classics in the hopes that I will read them. they just sit on my shelf making me look smart and collecting dust. I even entered a challenge so that I would read some classics but I have not read a one. There are other books calling out to me. I answer those calls first leaving the classics unanswered.

I guess I have neutral feelings about the classics. I can take them or leave them. If you want to see what J. Kaye has to say about classics visit her blog . Thanks J. Kaye for challenging my thinking on classics.

I just have to say junkyard readers unite!


J. Kaye Oldner said...

Challenge you, huh? :-D Glad to lend a hand! I like your post waaaaay better than my sour one. :)

Pabast said...

I loved your post. I thought it was funny and so true.