Enjoyable Classics? | A Mini Discussion

Most of us, at one point or another, have HAD to read a classic. Whether that be in school or university, you have probably been faced with having to read a daunting and unfamiliar classic against your will. Growing up, I was definitely not a fan of classics. When I was in high school I found that the books and plays we studied took all the fun out of reading and made me want to read less in general. My classmates often expressed how boring they thought these books were and some of the teachers I had didn’t show much enthusiasm either. Some of the classics I read were Animal Farm by George Orwell, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, and Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy, all of which I did not enjoy at all. But recently I’ve been thinking about classics and what has created the idea that they’re boring. Is it because they’re sometimes really old and often challenging to understand? Is it because the plots seem uninteresting? Or do we just assume that if people we know didn’t enjoy them then we won’t either?

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