I started out with the idea that this post would be a discussion piece on whether experiencing the ‘classics’ (classic literature, that is) in alternative methods is a good thing, but after thinking it over I realized the obvious answer was ‘well, yeah obviously’ – because experiencing a version of something awesome is better than never having experienced it at all, right?
So instead, I’ve decided it’s going to be a list of some ways I’ve enjoyed experiencing the classics and would recommend to others. My list will work in two directions, depending on what sort of person you are.
We have Person A – an ardent classics reader, loving everything from Austen to Zola. They drool over the Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Collection (because who doesn’t?) and lament over the publication of Go Set A Watchman (don’t even get me started). But, they’re also afraid of tampering. A Purist, one might say. The quotes are so pretty, why change them? They might ask.
Person B – they find classics dull. Why should they read them anyway? They’re outdated, usually sexist – why bother? Contemporary books are so much more relatable. They associate classics with school. They probably used Cliffsnotes or Shmoop for English Lit as a substitute for reading the book, too.
These are pretty extreme ends of the spectrum, but there is nothing wrong with either point of view. I probably fall somewhere in the middle and a lot of you probably do too, but identify which end of the spectrum you lean towards – got it?
Okay, well Person A will want to approach this list from the beginning, forwards. Kind of like putting a goldfish in a tank, you’ll need to ‘warm up’, you know, so you don’t have a heart attack or something.
Person B will want to go in the opposite direction, from the end backward. This will start you off with the mediums that use, shall we say, a little more artistic license with the story. A bit more adaption and less portrayal.
If you’re pretty close to the centre – have at it, any order you like. Go wild.
Well then, A People, let’s get started and B People, we’ll see you on the other side (or in the middle, whichever).
So – what do you think? Off to go experience some classics? I hope so. I’ll list the various links and sources below for you to peruse at your leisure.
Until next time!