My affair with Literature started at a young age when I first read Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. I was unfamiliar with the concept of novels being captured on film at that time, so I had pretty much watched Gone with the Wind every Christmas until I was 13 – which is when I was gifted with the enormous book. It was an exceptionally heavy read but I enjoyed it nevertheless. The realisation that the epic film did not capture the entire story made me question every film I had ever seen. From then on, I have been reading every book before watching the film so that I have a clear picture of how it was meant to be.
After reading Gone with the Wind, I realised that literature was like a mini-gateway into the past, intertwining history with fictional story lines was the epitome of understanding each era that has past. Classic literature is a doorway into how people lived, their mannerisms, their believes and it is a means of documenting each moment of the past in a beautiful way. The timeless themes of love, revenge, anger, sorrow and indecisiveness are all evident in classic literature, making it a relatable form of expression.
Many people find classics a heavy form of literature, moving away from it to read something that is easy to understand and read. This is mostly because classic novels require dedication and effort, however I recommend that everyone try and attempt at least the most popular literary novels of all time – they became popular for a reason!
Here is a brief list of my favourite classics, and I highly recommend these to literature lovers:
- Anna Kerenina – Leo Tolstoy
- Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
- Emma – Jane Austen
- Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
- Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
- Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
- Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
- War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
- The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
- Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
- Frankenstein – Mark Shelly
- Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
- The Picture of Doran Gray – Oscar Wilde
- Ulysses – James Joyce
- Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
As a literature fan, I could go on and on with this list but these are a few of my all time favourite classics. Each and every book has been a journey into the past, of understanding the time and era and relating to the timeless themes. These texts inspired me to study Literature and take on the profession of a writer, so as for my confession: I am a classics geek and proud of it!
Share your thoughts and let me know how you feel about classic literature. Love it or hate it, we have all read at least one classic novel in our lifetime!