I started reading classic books from quite a young age, although they were few and far between, and they were obviously children’s classics. I was bought The Secret Garden, my first classic read, and I absolutely loved it! My grandparents then bought me Alice In Wonderland, which I thoroughly enjoyed as well. I then went years without reading classic books, not really finding any to take my fancy. I then decided to download Little Women on my Kindle (for free) after hearing it mentioned in a Friends episode. I really got into the first half of the book, then I put it down, and haven’t started it up again since (although I really should because I so want to find out what happens to Beth and whether Laurie ends up with any other March sisters)! I also had to read the traditional Watering Heights by Emily Brontë for my English exam at GCSE, which I loathed! As you may know, I am half way through To Kill A Mockingbird, which has been recommended to me several times, and I am really liking it at the moment. I also have The Great Gatsby, The Catcher In The Rye and The Bell Jar (recently added) on my TBR list.
The point of this post, however, was not to tell you about the classic books I have read or plan to read, but mainly to ask my readers what you think about the power of the classics? Do you think it is bad people think you have to read the classics to be classed as a ‘hard-core bookworm’. Do you think it really matters if you are massive fan of Austen or Brontë, or if you have a copy of every single Vintage possible to collect? Do you enjoy reading classics? Do you find them hard to read, and find you have to really concentrate to understand the story? Or do you prefer more contemporary books, and have never picked a classic up in your life? The main question here is: are classics overrated? By overrated, I more mean do you think people are pressured into reading them because they think it will make them a better reader, writer, or more respected in the world of books?
Post you opinion in the comments below. I am curious to see what everyone thinks about the wonderful/terrifying world of classics!