I was tagged for this one by Kristen from Book Club Classics (thanks, Kristen!). Here goes:
What is the best classic you were “forced” to read in school (and why)? Interestingly enough, I didn’t read too many classics in school… at least, not that I can really remember. I did read many of Shakespere’s plays in one of my lit classes, and I LOVED Macbeth. I also read The Hobbit (does this count as a classic?) for the first time in my sixth grade reading class. It was the first time I was exposed to any type of fantasy writing, and I really enjoyed it. In fact, I plan to read this book again soon (it’s been oh, about 13 years since sixth grade and I haven’t read it at all since…).
What was the worst classic you were forced to endure (and why)? Hmm… like I mentioned, I can’t remember being forced to read too many classics (which is probably why I have such a hard time with them now… not enough exposure), but I did choose to read some Jane Austen on my own and did not enjoy either one (Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility). I think I simply am not an Austen type of a girl. I also remember reading The Great Gatsby in one of my lit classes and finding it incredibly boring.
Which classic should every student be required to read (and why)? I am a HUGE fan and proponent of 1984. It is just such good writing, and with the current political climate in the US, it’s creepily similar to the type of lives/government/country some people are nervous we may be getting ourselves into in the nearish future.
Which classic should be put to rest immediately (and why)? Jane Austen. I’m sorry, guys, I just can’t stand the writing and the silliness and everything. Just, ick.
**Bonus** Why do you think certain books become “classics”? Definitely superior writing. Also, classics tend to be stories that can stand the test of time – that people can continue to relate to, generation after generation, even if they are “outdated” we can still relate to the basic premise and ideas behind the stories.