~Comments on Classics~
For the longest time, to me, classical fiction was the stuff I read in English classes against my will while hating every minute of it. Later on, I discovered that these books were not my enemy. I could read whatever I wanted, at any pace, with no tests to take or papers to write. Heck, I didn’t even have to finish it if I didn’t like it! Literary freedom!
While I don’t read nearly as many works of classical fiction as I do contemporary science fiction and fantasy, I still would like the opportunity to share my thoughts as I do in my other reviews, so I’ve added this new category. I’ve separated them from my regular reviews because it’s tricky to review such works of fiction. Being considered classical, these books have already stood the test of time and are considered to be good, if not great, so how can I accurately review something I’m expected to like. If I don’t like it, then it would seem there is something wrong with me, or perhaps my intelligence. But I prefer to deal with classical fiction the same way I deal with any book I read. Since these aren’t school assignments, I can freely criticize, and dislike them, if I choose. So, I intend to share my opinions of them as I would any other book, whether I love them or hate them, am completely baffled, or find them to be surprisingly wonderful.
In addition to having an outlet for my thoughts on these novels, I’m hoping to demystify classical literature for those who may be intimidated by it. I won’t be over-analyzing symbolism or digging up metaphors that may or may not be there. I will be approaching them in a casual way, with my honest impressions.
What sort of books will I be talking about? Well, I’m using the term classical fiction somewhat loosely. Some of what I review might not technically fall into that category. Basically, anything about 100 years old or older from Stoker to Austen to Shakespeare. I may also include short stories by classical authors and even the occasional fairy tale by Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson.
I think this might be fun, and it will certainly broaden my literary horizons, and one’s literary horizons can never be too broad.