I have only started reading the classics in the last year or so. For me, I discovered that listening to them as audiobooks helps me read them quite easily. I love the stories, the love and adventure, and the glimpse into a time long past. However, I know reading classics is not to some people’s taste. I did, however, stumble across a blog post that reflected some great points about why people don’t read the classics and why they actually should.
The articles are originally posted on the Confessions of a Bookaholic by Emily.
She states people don’t read classics because:
- Judging it by the cover
- They’re hard to relate to
- They use difficult language
- They are forced to read it
- Familiar story lines
- They don’t like the characters
- They don’t want to find the inner meaning
- They’ve seen the movie
Here are the reasons she says you should read the classics:
- It’s satisfying to read such a big book
- The simplicity of the covers
- The old book smell
- Discovering old notations
- Expanding your vocabulary
- Learning history
- Discovering the deeper meanings
- Discovering the origins of today’s stories
- THE SCANDAL
- You can gloat about what you read
Be sure to check out the full articles. Emily runs an excellent blog with interesting discussions. I just really liked these in particular and wanted to share them here because I agree with her. So stop over and see her blog and pick up a classic!