30 Day Book Meme – Day 7

Day 01 – The best book you read last year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than three times
Day 03 – Your favorite series
Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy                                                                                          Day 06 – A book that makes you sad                                                                                                 Day 07 – Most underrated book I think bestsellers in general are underrated when it comes to literary criticism and reviews. Because I study literature, most teachers tend to overrate the classics and forget that there is a vast literary production nowadays. Such production, although partly created to sell, can also be very interesting and can be studied and respected as well. For example, The Weird Sisters, The Help and The Constant Gardener had more impact on my life than many 17th century classics. So, why do schools and universities still force children to read books they don’t relate to? The important thing is to teach people to love reading not only to read the classics. Bestsellers play an important role here, since they are interesting, make easy reading and can be very addictive!



  • Risa

    Personally, I believe a classic is a classic simply because of its universality. Any one from time, age or status can pick up these classics and relate to the content because they appeal to our human heights and lows. Granted, the older the classic the more like the difficulty in language. But once one surpasses all that the themes are so incredibly easy to relate to. Therefore, I would say classics are quite important even for school children.

    However, having said that, I think that current books of literary quality need more attention than they really are given. We do tend to get stuck up with the classics, holding everything that is contemporary very cheap. My old college has the tendency to update the syllabus every two years with the latest literary pieces. I really admire them for that. But they are an exception. For the most part, professors of English tend to hold their noses up at anything that isn’t over fifty years old!!….I must admit, I was like that two until fairly recently….:-(

    • Elena

      Mmm I can certainly relate to Shakespeare but I can’t to many 17th and 18th century writers so, I guess it depends on the person and the theme.

      I agree with the problem of “time” to include works in university courses, that’s why I love contemporary literature courses: I get to know works close to me and whose authors are still alive!!

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