Originally Posted by LuvReadin
It's sad when that happens - I don't support the general dumbing down'of education that's happened over the past few decades, but something that's too challenging can result in exactly this dislike. I would encourage you to watch an adaptation, though - it really is a wonderful story, and I often find that a film can help people understand a book because the characters are more real to them. I prefer the Ronald Colman version, but the later version with Dirk Bogarde is more true to the book.
I didn't start appreciating the classics until I was in my 30s. I was hospital bound while pregnant with my daughter, and in walks my husband with "Pride and Prejudice" . He sat at the foot of my bed and started reading to me aloud. From then on I wondered what else I had been missing out on (and what other things out there school had given me a bad taste) and have found several classics I now adore.