I was against reading classics for a really long time. It was for pretty stupid reasons, too. I thought they would bore me to death and usually by the time I entertained the idea of reading the book, there was already a movie version available, so why even bother?
Boy, was that a big mistake. Now I’m catching up on what I like to think is required reading for anyone who wants to be a writer. My favourite classic so far is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It’s the story of proud and sassy Elizabeth Bennet, who does all she can not to lose her mind when she’s around her mother who’s obsessed with seeing all the Bennet girls married to rich bachelors, or lose her patience with her sister Lydia who would be right at home with the boy crazy girls of Jersey Shore, or lose her heart to Mr. Darcy who absolutely infuriates her with his prejudice towards her lower status.
Yes, there are a bunch of great movie adaptations you could watch instead (the one starring Keira Knightly is my fave), but this is seriously a book worth reading.
If classics make you turn up your nose, I suggest you pick this book up and turn your nose down at the pages instead because it really is one of the best pieces of work ever written. And if you really need something more modern to get you in the mood first, you can also check out the awesome and hilarious YouTube series, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
Have you read Pride and Prejudice? What did you think? And if you haven’t why are you prejudiced against classics? (Hah! See what I did there?)