Question via Tumblr : What is your favorite classic, and how has it influenced what you read and how you write today?

Answer: I’m not going to lie. I am not a huge fan of ‘classics’. I think there are things we can learn from them stylistically and about the people at the time in which they were written, but very few of them come near my favorites shelf.

That isn’t to say some do not. Of the top of my head, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Once and Future King, and Sherlock Holmes are great. I guess people are expecting me to be more into the Austen, Bronte, or Plath line of things, and I’m just not. I like silliness and I like adventure and problem solving. Those seem to not go together at first glance, but I assure you they do. That isn’t to poo on those more romantic works, like the gothic Frankenstein, but I just could never invest myself beyond “Victor, you are a freshman! Why are you doing these things!?” Which was probably not the reaction my teacher wanted.

Another peeve of mine is mandatory “classics” reading. It’s pretty much ensured I hate Dickens for all time, along with The Crucible and The Scarlet Letter. Ugh! Introduce children to classics, but do not force them to read them. That’s how to push children away from reading, I feel.

So, what has affected my writing? Comic books mostly and Japanese animation, along with epic fantasy and science fiction movies.

Alas, I am sorry, dear Asker. I am not a classics fan, but I love me some movies and fast-moving plot.


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