Do you remember those glorious school days of reading thousands of enormous classics filled with ancient words and war scenes that made us grimace and frown? How we hated literature lessons and no-one (not a single person except maybe you) read the full length of the novel? All it took was to go online and search for a “short description of the plot”.
To be honest, in the beginning of every summer holidays (just after receiving the longest “reading list”) I was very excited to read everything and all books in the entire world. And some of them I did indeed got to, however as the joy and freedom of the holidays overtook my reading spirit I would slowly but surely move to “light” and fun books.
I actually went on a very thorough google search and found some examples of “reading lists” for the last school year (it is obviously in Russian but you get the idea about the amount of books).
So my question is – “Should we read “serious” literature? (I wanted to accentuate this “should” )
First of all, when it comes to school’s required reading, I agree that classics and the transition and evolution of writing is very important, therefore we need to read examples from different eras – see the differences between the words used by this specific author in this specific year, understand that every sentence can contain hidden meaning.
HOWEVER, school is the first and most important step in every child’s life. So why don’t we try to make them actually enjoy reading? Why can’t we mix education and fun?
How many people do you know that said “I don’t read.” or “I don’t like reading.” or “Why would you read if you can watch a movie?”. 98% of people around me (except this awesome community) don’t read. And it makes me very sad.
They don’t know this amazing feeling of the movie rolling in your head when you read. Or how you forget about everything around you, but the world of the book. Or how you don’t even notice when you turn pages.
It is definitely something schools and education should be worried about – How to make children enjoy reading!
Let’s take a step back, as it was not exactly what I wanted to discuss with you today. The question remains – Should we read more of “serious” literature?
(round of applause)
Sure, there is no age limit to what genre you love, however when the genre’s name IS age related it’s difficult to look away. (I still consider myself a Young Adult, even though I am not in my teens anymore.)
But as this year I will be one step closer to 30, I started wondering if reading more classics or more award-winning books is something I should focus on. I want to be well-read. Everyone does! I want to be able to quote famous authors and shine in a “serious adult conversation”.
This year, as you know, I want to read at least 12 classics, hence the Classic a Month challenge. But not because I should , only because that is what I want to do.
I don’t see anything bad in reading for fun. I don’t see anything bad in reading Romances, Fantasy, YA or other genres. Nothing at all. All of them will teach you something. All of them are full of amazing characters, scenes inspired by real life (even when the Mage’s fireball hits you in the face – it is all very real! Don’t you believe in magic?!)
Furthermore, I adore the concept of “reading for fun” because WHY else would you spend your days sitting at home staring at the book if it wasn’t fun?! (or you have finals soon – like tomorrow and you need to read all 847394 pages of that manual).
Honestly, I don’t know. I have no clue. (Lot’s of ranting to come to this conclusion!)
For me, it’s something I HAVE to want in order to do. Otherwise, I will get in the biggest reading slump and hide all my books under the bed. And as of right now, I feel inspired to re-read “War and Piece” all tomes and not skip the war scenes; or read non-fiction; or just learn something new and exciting about our world.
What are your thoughts on this subject? Let me know in the comments down below if you ever felt the urge to grab classics and power through them!