Trying to Read More Classics (Written by Women)

Sunday, September 1, 2019
I'm trying to read more, just in general. But then the trailer for Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Little Women came out and I was inspired. So I read Little Women, and then took advantage of a sale and my mother's membership, and went to Barnes & Noble and picked up Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen and Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier. The reason for Jane Austen was that she's a popular name, and one of the best adaptations of her books happens to be one of the best movies of all time, Clueless. The reason for Rebecca was on recommendation of my mother, and I remembered that it was the basis of one of Alfred Hitchcock's early films, released in 1940 starring Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier. (I knew that without looking it up on Wikipedia. I'm weird with what trivia I know and don't know.)

You may have noticed that all of those books were written by women. That was done on purpose because the last time I read classic literature was for my required reading in high school. The majority of those books (save Mary Shelley's Frankenstein) were written by dudes. They were fine. Except for The Scarlet Letter, which was the worst and should no longer be taught. If you really want them to understand the actual story, have the students watch Easy A. The only classic that the majority of the class enjoyed reading was Frankenstein.

So suck it dudes. I've read enough of your work. Time to expose myself to major works that was not considered important enough to be a part of my AP English Language and Literature curriculum.

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