Around the time I started keeping track of the books I've read (around 2001), I tried to think back on the few years even before that to remember what I read. Here's just some of the books that appear on that list:
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Villette by Charlotte Bronte
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
A Study in Scarlet
The House of Mirth
The Turn of the Screw
The Picture of Dorian Gray
That was then.
Now, it seems like I yearn and long for these classics, yet when I read them, I find my brain can't focus on them like it used to. It makes me wonder what's happened?!! This is what I've come up with:
The world's technology changed,
....which meant we get information faster and quicker
....leading to the fact that we feel always in a rush to receive information
....and this doesn't work with the slower paced classics
....and then Harry Potter happened
....which lead to the onslaught of YA
....which happened around the time people began blogging
....and everyone started talking up the YA
....so I started reading that over classics
....and those books deliver the message/story/info in a much faster quicker way
....and caused me to lose patience with those slower classics
....and made me anxious and antsy while reading them
....so therefore I find myself wishing them over or shorter or faster
....and then my brain can't focus.
Either that, or I'm just getting too old and my brain is losing it's functioning capacity!
What do you think? Have you enjoyed classics in the past? Do you find them to be "harder" to read than they were before? Or have you yet to discover classics? Do you find yourself nervous to try them because they are "harder?" What would be your reasons that some of us are having this problem these days?