The Classics Club moderators have once again out done themselves with something deceptively simple. This month’s theme is “Why are you reading the classics?” Simple right? Not so much.
I could give my gut responses: I’ve not read very many, those few I have read were required reading for school and I’ve had a bunch on my to-read list for ages. And although these are true, they’re not the whole picture.
I only started book blogging in 2010 but have been always been a reader. In High School I read hundreds of Star Wars and fantasy novels; in college I obsessed over Harry Potter, LGBT and southern fiction; after college I started to read a lot more British/Irish fiction. And although I read quite a few ‘classics’ within those genres, I never read The Classics other than those for school requirements (at too young of an age).
Spending more time thinking about it (I drafted the first portion at least two weeks before finalizing this last half) I’ve realized that I’m reading The Classics now because I can truly appreciate them and no one is forcing me to read them. In choosing those I want to read and when I want to read them I’m able to find the ones that are intriguing and interesting.
In addition to this, I find it awesome that I’m reading books and authors who have inspired countless other authors, musicians and artists to create even more literature and art. The number of books I’ve read which have allusions to or direct references to older classics is staggering and the more I read the classics the more often I find these allusions and references or question whether an author/artist did do this.
So, although my answer may be as deceptively simple as the question, my thoughts are still evolving on this month’s meme. I will definitely have to revisit it perhaps annually until I finish my list if I stick with it long enough.