I’m not much of a classics girl. I have read a few classics that I liked like Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre etc. but I ended up disliking a lot of them too. I couldn’t stomach Adam Bede at all because of the weird way of writing the accents and also, I found it a little on the preachy side. But then, I came to know what the story is about, so now I know it’s not so bad. But still, I didn’t have the patience to finish it. Another classic I didn’t like was Frankenstein. I know there will probably be a lot of gasps at this, but again, I thought it was very yawn inducing. Maybe I expected it to be a bit more gory or something, but I suppose it must have been pretty gory when it was first published. Another shocker is the fact that I didn’t like Little Women either. For a while I had given up on classics altogether. But I’m trying to broaden my reading horizon, so I’ve decided to give these old tomes another whirl. So, what I’ve done is I’ve compiled a small list of classics that I believe are to my taste. And let me describe what ‘my taste’ comprises of.
- I don’t like books that go on and on about the sun filtering through the leaves and falling on the lake and bursting into a million rays and… Well, you get my drift.
- I detest preachy books. Completely. Absolutely.
- I like books that are passionate and awe inducing.
- I like complex characters who are neither completely good nor completely bad.
- I do like happy endings, but I don’t mind not having one either.
- I like intense and gripping plots that bring out the best and the worst in the characters of the book.
- I love reading about strong female characters who are not afraid to make their opinions known and who refuse to take any kind of shit from sexist males.
Based on the above criteria, I’ve made the following list.
- Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
- Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
- Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
- Persuasion by Jane Austen
- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
- A Room With A View by E.M. Forster
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
- The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
- I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Villette by Charlotte Bronte
So, these are the books I’ve managed to find so far that fit my taste. Can you think of any other books I can add to this list? I would really appreciate the help!