Yes, I know… I didn’t post on my blog last week. It’s been a busy last couple of weeks, and I apologize for not getting a post out.
I love classics, and I’m super excited about today’s post! In fact, today’s blog post is a wonderful guest post written by a fellow YDubber!
Good day, fellow kindred spirits! My name is Leannah, and I write on a dusty corner of the Internet called The Story Girl. Ever since I was a young sapling, I have been entranced by the written word. I used to lightly wet my toes in writing, but it wasn’t until I joined the, “Young Writers Workshop” that I started writing seriously. Since then, I have been inspired to change the world through words.
What do you think of when you hear the words, “Classic literature?” School? Essays? Boredom? Disgusting, right? This is how the majority of our generation views classics.
In order to read classic literature, you need to understand why you read it. Therefore, lets dissect them under a different magnifying glass.
First things first, lets compare classic literature to modern literature. Which of the two uses a broader variation of vocabulary and sentence structure? Classics. Which have more memorable characters and plots? Classics. Which dig deeper into themes, morality, and philosophy? Classics. Which are probably more historically accurate? Classics. And finally, which have stood the test of time and influenced the modern world? Classics.
Don’t misunderstand me, there are mounds of books written today that will and are filling those roles. I just wanted to show you the phenomenal adventure you are missing out on!
Take a another peek at the list above. How can classics encourage growth for a writer? How can they encourage growth for an everyday human?
You see, classics are called classics for a reason. They have surpassed the expectations of good literature. They have changed the way the world thinks.
Now that I have given a brief overview on why you should read classic literature, I will give you a couple of tips on reading them; start small, go slow, and keep the right mindset.
1. Start Small
Sorry to break it to you, but you probably won’t be able to start right now and read, “War and Peace” in a month. If you do, boredom will quickly strike. It is okay to start with “Anne of Green Gables” or “Treasure Island.” By starting with the fun and easier classics, you can train yourself to enjoy the daunting ones.
2. Go Slow
It is crucial to start with small goals. Possibly, those fun and easy classics might be torture for you. You would rather eat a whole eggplant than suffer through “Pride and Predjudice!” The solution is to start small and balance it out. For example, read one chapter of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” a day before you read a novel from your favorite genre.
3. The Right Mindset
If you don’t keep a positive attitude, you will despise every moment of your classical journey. Remember all those amazing aspects of classical literature I told you about? Remember why you are reading them. You will learn and grow as a person and a writer! If you keep these fresh in your brain, you will cherish reading these cultural phenomenons.
Now, the moment you have all been waiting for, my list of six classics for beginners!
Six Classics for Beginners:
- Pride and Predjudice, by Jane Austen
Besides the fact that this has a famous plot, Austen was a master at creating stellar characters. And as a bonus, this is the most witty book I have ever read!
- Little Women, by Louisa May Alccott
This heartwarming novel is the perfect story about family. It shows the joys and sorrows of growing up.
- Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
Dickens was dubbed the greatest novelist to have ever walked the earth and there is no doubt about it. This is the first and my favorite of all the Dickens’ novels I have ever read.
- Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
This mysterious novel is an excellent introduction to Victorian literature and the Bronte sisters. This book is one of the reasons I love classics!
- Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
This is the most influential and epic pirate story on the face of the earth. If it wasn’t for this book, the pirate stories we read today wouldn’t be the same!
- The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Canon Doyle
It surprises me how many people have seen or read some modern rendition of the famous detective, but haven’t read the original stories! They are missing out on some of the most clever mysteries ever!
And there you have it! A beginners guide to classics at your fingertips! Read on, dear friend. Start on a new adventure!
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Do you like classics? What are some of your favorites? Have you read any of the books on this list? Talk to me in the comments!