Why Classics still connect with readers?

‘Some books are so familiar, reading them is like being home again’ – Louisa May Alcott

little women

Even after several years of publication, these lines from novel – Little Women are still etched in memories of readers. Not just the story-line, even the dialogues and characters stay memorable. From Shakespeare’s Hamlet to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, every character in the classic novel has become an iconic figure in world of literature. But today’s books lack that punch to connect with readers. Today’s contemporary authors either write about their personal love experiences or pen down youthful books on BPO’s and call centers. Such books are purchased only to kill time. People read and forget such stuff. Whenever I visit a bookstore, I only find novels on teenage love stories and breakups or some racy thriller novels filled with mythology and ancient secrets as backdrop. These books are definitely entertaining, but fail to find a place in heart of readers. Mark Twain’s classic novel – Adventures of Tom Sawyer was the first book that inspired me to become a writer. What a wonderful book!! The classic novels had a touch of joy, compassion, humor and nostalgia to it. When I read Tom Sawyer, David Copperfield or Captains Courageous, I could relate to it. If Tom Sawyer was written for kids, then Shakespeare’s Romeo-Juliet was a sweeping tragic romance that set a new milestone in world of theater and literature.

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‘I never seen such a beauty till this night’ – Lines from William Shakespeare’s masterpiece ‘Romeo-Juliet’

Every time I read Romeo & Juliet, I cannot stop myself falling in love with Juliet. Such was the power in story-line and characters created by Shakespeare. If Mark Twain made me smile, Dickens taught me the seriousness of life through his novels – Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and David Copperfield. I really cringe when I see people reading romantic novels filled with erotic scenes. In name of romance, cheap authors are selling porn literature to boost the sales of their books. People should definitely romantic books that have touch of emotions and tenderness to it. Among all the novels, ‘Wuthering heights’ by Emile Bronte is one of the intense love stories that will inspire you to fall in love. The classics had a story for everyone – Little Women for siblings, 20 thousand leagues under the sea for adventure lovers and Jungle Book for kids.

The recently released animated movie – Jungle Book is proof that people loved it to their heart and enjoyed it with their family. Though I am not a very speedy reader, but I had managed to complete reading ‘Little Women’ in flat 2 hours while traveling.
You enjoy reading the books to the fullest when you are on holiday or when you are sick. I have read most of books when I was sick and ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen was one of them.

With times, even the trends of writing change. Books are written by keeping the current trend in mind. But even today, people still flock to get a copy of Tom Sawyer and Othello.


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