Originally Posted by DrNefario
Dickens, Shakespeare and Melville are all pretty wordy by modern standards, but what really kills them, to me, is the dissection.
I can get usually get something out of watching a Shakespeare play, if I'm in the right frame of mind, but I still shy away from the two I studied to death at school.
What kills them is...death. Talk about depressing stuff. Who the hell wants to read downers all the time? Every book I was assigned to read in junior and high school were DEPRESSING ones. Wuthering Heights. GADS. I tried 3 times to read it. What a waste. I tried when I was older just to see if I was missing something. WHAT A WASTE. Should have thrown them all over the cliff 1/4 of the way in.
Shakespeare? Yeah, let's go have death. Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Ceasar, etc.
Moby Dick? Why did the whale have to die? Only character I liked.
1984? Who says it was fiction? Just got the year wrong.