Teenage Opinion: Why Read Classic Books | Children’s books

A long, dreary Victorian novel full of endless British countryside and submissive wives who adore their contemptuous husbands. What could possibly be interesting in a long and tedious text, full of difficult language and repetitive intrigue? Well, surprisingly, a lot.

After around the age of 10, when I tried unsuccessfully to wrestle with a heavy board book from Wuthering Heights, I had banished all Victorian novels to the back of my bookshelf. It wasn’t until two years later, looking for a relaxed, free-flowing holiday read, that I picked up Pride and Prejudice and tried to immerse myself in it. I must admit that it was not at all painful. I was immediately seduced. And now, reading Jane Eyre for the first time, my love has been rekindled.

Granted, these books aren’t entirely devoid of over-the-top love monologues and endless tales of rural landscapes, but they’re certainly not “tasteless” either. I was blown away by Jane Eyre’s tremendous mystery and suspense, and the plot twist that had me gripping the edge of my seat with white knuckles. The characters are lively and varied, and in Jane Eyre particularly illustrious. They’re also oddly accessible, despite their dated existence. Jane was particularly striking, and her character development and understandable thoughts were poignant throughout the book. Following her life, it is difficult not to get attached to her.

The books, in these bleak descriptions of the country, also display amazing prose. They are a great way to improve your own writing and discover new vocabulary and sentence variations. By learning the language, you can also learn about the history; these books provide an engaging and unusual insight into Victorian Britain and the type of society that existed then, particularly its attitude towards women and other cultures.

I must confess that the fiery emotions and vivid plot of these books often only pick up halfway or even halfway through, but I encourage you to stick with it: it’s more often than not worth it by the end. Not only will you feel more intellectually accredited among your peers (admit it, we all do), but you’ll have unconsciously matured your writing and enjoyed a great story.

But it’s not cool to read a big book, I hear you say. Hmm, yes that’s it! If all modern hipsters can sit on the London Underground reading original Penguin classics, why can’t you? If Tom Hiddlestone can earn a double premiere in classics at Cambridge and then play a Marvel villain, why can’t you read a love story and still be a cool kid? Last week, I spent exorbitant amounts on make-up and clothes, and I’m still sitting here with a Bronte novel!

So shake off that pride and prejudice you have for Victorian novels (yes, I’m pretty proud of that phrase!), and grab this shiny hardcover in Waterstones that coordinates perfectly with your favorite outfit. I promise you that even if it takes two months to finish and a bit of strength to read the sequel, you will definitely get something worthwhile out of the experience, whether it’s pure fun or just knowledge.

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