You’ve been lied to. All these years, you have been told lies about classical literature. I’m here to debunk all those myths. It’s time we faced the truth about the classics and begin to understand them for what they really are.
They Are Boring
Everyone knows the classics are boring, right? The truth is that most are not as boring as you have been led to believe. Okay, there are some that will help you get to sleep at night, not that I’m mentioning Moby Dick or anything. That much is true. We can’t get around that. They were not always meant to be thrilling. Some of the classics you have to read when you are older and can fully appreciate them. They are not near as boring as you might think.
Note: Consider joining a book club where you can discuss classics. It might open your eyes to how good they really are.
They Have No Bearing On Today’s World
These books are not as outdated as you may think. Their themes are timeless. A person of today can relate to the stories written over a hundred years ago. Have you experienced longing for something you can’t have? Then you can understand Gone with the Wind. Have you worked in an unsafe environment? The Jungle is something you would find very familiar with. Been in love with someone who seemed too distant? Maybe you could pick up Pride and Prejudice and step into the heroine’s shoes.
You Cannot Learn Anything From Them
There are many things you can learn from the classics. They teach valuable lessons. Stories of honor, love, restoration, forgiveness, the evil within us, and more can be found in them. Lessons can be found in all the classics.
No theme gets outdated. The same topics, the same issues, the same obsessions follow mankind throughout the generations. Every person has struggled with the coming of age. That is nothing new, so many classics address that theme.
No Need To Read And Understand Them
This is so wrong. There is a lot for us to gain from absorbing these books. They have lessons to teach us. They might be set in other times, but their messages are still needed today.
Is trouble between a husband and wife new in this day and age? No. It has been that way since Adam and Eve and will continue. Classics that tell the story of marriage problems can be applied to today’s world.
They Aren’t Popular
Classics are popular today as they were a hundred years ago. In a way more so since more people are literate. They might not hit the best-sellers list anymore, but they sell more overall than nearly any modern books. They have lasted over time.
You’ll find that many classics have book clubs dedicated to them or to specific authors. They are very popular.
They Belong In The Past
Many people think that these classics should be kept in the past as that is where they belong. The stories are dated. The themes are old-fashioned. Only the contemporary books should be read. Those are all lies.
These books span the ages which is why they are classics and other books have fallen into the pit of forgotten stories. Their themes are eternal. Their characters are connectable. Okay, there are few that still baffle us as to why they are still read, but they are. The past is what makes up the present.
Only Valuable To Teachers
Classics are not just something for teachers to make you read. They have plenty of contemporary books to choose from as well. The classics are valuable to us as well.
They teach us life. They teach us that our problems are not new. The problems might wear different clothes and talk differently, but they are the same. The classics reach toward us through time and connect with us.
The Writing Is Outdated
Okay, this might not be a complete lie. At least I’m honest. Most of the writing is outdated. It is written in the language of the times it was published in which typically was that of the seventeen or eighteen hundreds. The style is different that we are used to with today’s bestsellers. The words they use are not what we use in our everyday vocabulary.
But…just because the writing is outdated doesn’t mean they are not meant for us to read. It might be a little hard at first, but you might find that the words are not as outdated as you might think.