Just because books are “must-reads,” considered classics or some other distinction that I haven’t yet thought of… doesn’t mean they should be a) taught in schools b) are any good or c) easy reads. It’s as likely, to be honest, that they’ll end up being a slog, not fun, boring AF and generally not worth your time.
Yeah, I said it. Classics are boring AS F**K. Books can be considered classics for all kinds of reasons, and as far as I can tell, “readability” typically isn’t one of them.
These 12 people, at least, seem to agree.
12. Chekov: The Complete Short Novels
Sure, dunk on a dead guy.
11. Wuthering Heights
There are lots of dead angry people.
10. The Trial
It’s hard to argue with that.
9. Of Mice and Men
We’ve got this depression things, down.
I mean. Yeah. But still.
7. Sex at Dawn
A question for the ages, really.
This is all true. Don’t @ me.
5. All the Pretty Horses
When you find a sentence that just does you in.
Gone by an act of God.
3. The Tempest
And this is the best Shakespeare.
2. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
That’s one theory, I suppose.
1. The Island of Dr. Moreau
Quick and succinct.
It’s kind of hard to argue with these, don’t you think? And if you want to argue, please do on that on Facebook. We don’t need that here.
Alright… give us your own honest review of a famous book in the comments – we want to hear it!