Blogging about…Oh look! A squirrel! Why we don’t read the classics.

Have you read the classics? It seems, according to an article in the Telegraph that many more people claim to have plowed through these tomes than have actually followed through. A survey of 2000 people found a good 62% of folks fibbed about having read classics such as War and Peace and Great Expectations. I’ve been pondering this (speaking as one who has not read War and Peace, but enjoyed Great Expectations in high school.) Why aren’t modern readers as on fire about reading these great works as readers from generations past? The themes are still bold, the characters vivid, the truths universal. Why the low appeal?

Get ready, I’m delivering up a theory! I believe it has something to do with our modern attention span. We’re used to quick information, delivered instantly in an easily decipherable manner. Older works tend to be wordier, with more complex, antiquated language that requires some stamina. We just don’t have the desire to go to the extra trouble to plow through it. Am I right or wrong? Do you agree with my theory that modern readers have a shorter attention span? I’d love to hear from you and all posts get you entered in the September drawing for an Amazon gift card.

If you want a speedy version of the some literary powerhouses, peruse the following link which boils down five great classics into a tweetable 140 characters.Daydreaming
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/10289390/Classic-books-in-140-characters.html

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ellen on October 4, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    I have been enjoying quite a few of the classics I had never read before by using the site http://www.dailylit.com. This website emails you a short chunk of your selected book (almost all classics, in the public domain) every weekday at your selected time. You don’t need a long attention span to read the approx. 1-2 pages they send, and if you stick with it you will eventually get the entire book done! I recently read David Copperfield from this site, and enjoyed it thoroughly! (Much better than Great Expectations!) I really think it is the archaic language more than the length of material that is a turn-off to many readers.

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  2. Posted by Chris on September 16, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Well; the young ones don’t even want to read anything!

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