12.17.2014

Roundup of Not-So-Loved Classics

As much as I love classics, there are a few I've read that I don't love, unfortunately, mostly because I didn't like the plot or appreciate the worldview.  Just because I didn't appreciate the worldview, though, does not mean that I did not learn from it.  Nor does my dislike of the book mean that it was not a good one or that you won't like it.  Just as a disclaimer.

Wuthering Heights – Some of the reasons I don't like these classics are probably kind of dumb.  I didn't really like this one because it was just really depressing and dark and kind of creepy.  I don't like reading books about men that show their love to women in really strange, creepy ways.  I just didn't enjoy this one.

The Great Gatsby – I know, I know.  It's a really classic classic.  And while I think the writing is great, it's just one of those books you finish and you're like, "Okay, great.  We're all born ceaselessly into the past and the 20's was awful.  Have a great day!"  Now I'm not trying to say that I hate all depressing, sad books.  That's not true.  But I would rather read a depressing nonfiction book than a depressing fiction book.  I don't know.  Am I weird?

Treasure Island – With this book, it's a simple problem of the story for me.  I don't particularly like stories about pirates.  Period.  I guess for me, this is more of a book for boys (though I like a lot of books written for boys, mind you) and I didn't really love it.

Call of the Wild –  Now here I have an issue with the worldview.  I had to read this book for school a couple months ago, and I was alerted to the evolutionist, survival-of-the-fittest worldview, and yeah, it was just so full of that belief system that it was completely ruined for me.  I know that every book I read has a worldview, but here it was just really obvious and dystopian.  And I don't really like stories about dogs.  So yeah.

The Scarlet Letter – I can't really make up my mind about this one.  I don't love it, but I don't loathe it, either.  I think the worldview here is a distinctly Puritanical, God-only-loves-you-if-you-are-perfect-or-pretty-close-to-it kind of worldview.  So while I don't agree with that, that's not my main beef.  It was just not fun to read at all.  I actually went through a study guide when I read it, and it was a really fascinating book, the way all the characters were symbolic, but when I read a book, I want to enjoy what I'm reading, classic or not.

The Red Badge of Courage – Again, worldview issue.  And Stephen Crane was apparently never in a battle, ever!  It was such a ridiculous portrayal of a soldier in a battle, and life and death, that had I not had to write papers on it for Lit class, I would have thrown it out the window, figuratively.  It was a humanist worldview, where what you do doesn't matter in the end, there is no God, nature is cruel and evil, and basically there is nothing redeeming about anything – there is no Redeemer.  The issues I have with worldviews in books does not mean that I am narrow-minded and refuse to look at other beliefs, far from it.  Reading books helps me understand other belief systems, but that doesn't mean I like reading books with overwhelming worldviews I don't agree with.

Well, that wraps up my roundups for the week!  I will return on Friday to talk about some movies/shows about classics.  Thanks for reading!  xo, Ella

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