Armchair BEA is for those people who cannot visit Book Expo America but still want to join in the fun. I really wish I was in NYC with my fellow bloggers who are attending BEA (Book Expo America), but sadly I can't. It all good though I’m more than happy to be a part of Armchair BEA! Over the next few days I will be joining in with this event and their daily blog post topic suggestions.
So as an English major you'd think that I've read a lot of classics
and as a self proclaimed book nerd you'd come to the assumption that
I've thoroughly enjoyed the classics I've read..Right? Well in a way you'd be slightly wrong.I've read the classics assigned for class and a few picked on my own but honestly it's not my thing.*Gasp* I know some may say blasphemy but it's true.Now
I'm not trash talking the classics because I do enjoy the old school
books on occasion it's a once in a blue moon type of thing.
There are so many classic books that I think I would enjoy I just have yet to sit down and read them.I've seen so many Jane Austen adaptions but I have yet to read any thing by her.Tragic I know..Just like how I've seen many Jane Austan adaptions I've seen many adaptions about the character Sherlock and feel like the books/short stories would be an excellent read.
What are your favorite classics?
If I had to pick a favorite it would be The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Is this even considered a classic? Also I'd say almost all things Shakespeare Hamlet is my favorite from him.
If you could give a list of classics to
someone who claims to hate them to make them change their mind, what
would be on it?
If I could give a list of classics to some one who claims to hate them I'd include any thing by Shakespeare.The Great Gatsby,The Scarlet Letter.Les Miserables,The Alchemist,Tom Sawyer,
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.I could come up with a few more but these are the ones i really liked.
How would you convince them to give classics a try?
I'd ask them why the didn't like it and after we discussed it I'd tell them the story of when i read Les Miserables for the first time.I read it in the 7th grade and since it was required reading I skimmed alot and half read the book pretty much just enough to pass.At that point I wasn't big on reading so called old school books.Fast forward to me in high school when I had to read it again and guess what I loved that book.After I gave it a fair shot I realized what a great book it was.
So basically the advice I'd give is just to keep your options open.Just because you read a classic in school and disliked it that doesnt mean you should give it another go.Yeah not all stories turn out like mine sometimes you'll read a book and just not like it.If you don't like one classic don't let it turn you away from all the othe options out there.