There's one thing I honestly appreciate about Austen. In the era when women could rarely get proper education, when most of them were similar to characters in her novels (which is not their own fault, that's how the society was), she made something big and it made a difference. I don't like her novels, but there's a bigger picture. As a female, I have to appreciate her role in history when it comes to women's emancipation. It gives me another perspective.
True that. Have you read Middlemarch? Don't get me wrong, I immensely enjoy reading her novels but I just want something a little more.
Lets talk about what we are reading rather then engage in literary criticism. I enjoy some books that others have no interest in and they have lead me to explore other books. And, where I have no interest in Twighlight or Harry Potter, I can appreciate how someone might enjoy those genres.
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There is an exact thread of what we're currently reading!!
Do let's stick to the topic, eh?
Yes, let's. There is already a thread for what we're reading now.
The reason why this thread came about is that I've started keeping lists of my favourite novels, poems, plays as well as favourite composers, painters. It helps me to remember and compare.
My list has changed a lot because I've been reading a lot. Whereas my list for films has not changed a lot recently and will most likely not change a lot in the future because I haven't been watching a lot of films.
These lists also help me remind myself why I fell in love with a piece of literature. I read Rebecca years ago but it reappeared on my list because it has stood the test of time for me. The protagonist is like me in a lot of ways and I remember when I read it I felt like the author was in my mind. Now, the plot may not be the greatest ever and it is slow reading at times but for this reason it is one of my favourites.
I also disagree with whomever that said this is turning into literary criticism. I don't think so. I don't think we've even begun to scratch the surface of that. It is merely a list of what we like. I also agree that we shouldn't be judging people on what they like. I haven't read Twilight, I don't want to read Twilight. Maybe that's narrow-minded of me but good for you if you like it. The subject matter just doesn't interest me.
These lists also help to identify books we've read and we are interested in reading and create discussion around it.