I’ve never read the classics. I’m sure I read some at school, but overall they have never really appealed to me. Or maybe they’ve never been sold to me. It’s a bit like Avatar … people say “it’s good, watch it” but no one has told me why it’s good. Or “go to Melbourne, they have great shopping and coffee” and then no one can explain selling points past that when I tell them I don’t drink coffee and I dislike shopping. (I’m not anti-Melbourne, just the sales rhetoric that accompanies it.)
Read Whatever You Want To
I think the other thing that puts me off of reading the classics is that they seem to be all about romance and social structures of bygone days… which doesn’t interest me a great deal. Gasp. Yes, the person whose undergraduate degree includes a minor in history and a major in anthropology and postgrad in social change isn’t interested in stuff related to that. I’ve let intellectual snobbery down, no doubts 🙂 I enjoy the topics academically, just not recreationally.
I’ve also never really liked a genre though. Good is good, I don’t care where it’s from or who it was for (side note: probably why I hate and make fun of marketing so much). And good is subjective to personal tastes.
Anyway, I highly recommend that you read whatever you like.
Psst, I’m looking at putting together some short courses this year on getting a book written. Make sure you sign up to my newsletter if you want to hear about them. I’m thinking one specifically for small biz owners, and one along the lines of “get your first draft done”. Probably $50.