Thursday, January 28, 2010

Think About It Thursday (3): Classics

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With the recent death of J.D. Salinger, author of Catcher in the Rye, I wanted to see everyone's opinions of some books that are considered classics. This is mostly a YA blog, so that's what I focus on, but many classics could fit into the YA genre (if books had been sorted out that way in the past).

That being said, I mostly read YA, but I adore many of the classics. To Kill a Mockingbird is my all-time favorite book and I've always loved A Separate Peace, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Of Mice and Men, and anything by Kahlil Gibran. All of these are generally considered classics. Many of them can even be viewed as YA, or at least have a crossover appeal.

I'm big on the classics and love to read old books, but I don't often see people frequenting that section in bookstores. So, I want to know:

Do you, as YA readers, also venture into other genres?

If you do, have you read what some consider classics? (Maybe not what I mentioned, but other classics.)

If you haven't read any classic books, would you ever consider it? Or do you just like to stick with what you know?

I tend to not venture too far out of what I know I like, but I try to give everything a shot at least once.

Share your opinion!


Leslie said...

I read a little bit of adult fiction and "classics". Usually with classic books, I either really like it or really don't.

Nickles said...

I can be pretty open minded when it comes to books. I don't stick with one genre. That would be limiting myself and the opportunity to expand my knowledge and imagination. And genres can of course interconnect as you mentioned with classics and YA. Some ideas and stories are just timeless and universal that it doesn't matter your age or position.

Adriana said...

I love reading classics. One of my favorites is Wuthering Heights, which I first read in 5th grade and have read many more times after that. Over summer I read a few Charles Dickens. I also read Jane Eyre and Crime and Punishment which were both great. I think classics are a great insight into different times and society. I'm planning on reading Anna Karenina and The Brothers Karamazov next.

Melissa said...

I have a thing for the classics. It took me years to fully appreciate Shakespeare, and even longer to appreciate Dickens, but I love them now. I'm a sucker for anything by Jane Austen or Louisa May Alcott. I think that To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the finest pieces of literature ever written. So, while I adore reading YA because it's easy, fun entertainment, I love venturing because it broadens my horizons and challenges me all the time :)

Rheanna said...

I actually really love the classics as long as there not too long-winded. And by that I mean it doesn't read like a very cheesy romance novel ex: "He brushed his piano playing fingers through her silky hair the color of roasted hazelnuts fresh out of the oven, as he looked deeply in her ice blue eyes like seeing straight to the heavens on a perfectly clear day."

Yeah can't stand that. I love descriptions but hey ya gotta get to the point sometimes. But I love Jane Austen books, her writing isn't boring lovey dovey it's exciting and breaks the rules. I also consider Edgar Allan Poe's stories/poems classics and he is anything but boring and stuffy. Maybe a little creepy ( The Tell-tale Heart, read it you'll understand) but never boring.

pepsivanilla said...

I only read classics when I was forced to in school, and ended up hating most of them just because they were hard to understand and very dull. Now, I read some adult fiction, but very rarely.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

It's good to see that so many people still enjoy the classics. They are classics for a reason, right? It's funny though, because most of the books everyone has mentioned, I have yet to read, so I'll have to get on top of that.

@pepsivanilla I think the reason that so many people don't read the classics is because they are forced to in school. Most of the people I went to high school with despised reading the books we were assigned. I loved it, but I think that was the inner nerd in me. I just hope the fact that students are forced to read some books, doesn't completely turn them off of them in the future.

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