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6,521 hits 2.8 (5 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 11 years ago by DoYouWash

Would you rather read a classic novel or contemporary fiction?


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11 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 6/29/11 - 1:46:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
I prefer Classics.
11 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 6/29/11 - 5:59:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
I love both. Generally I like contemporary stuff for when I feel in need of slightly lighter reading.
11 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 6/29/11 - 8:11:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
I would rather *be* reading something more contemporary or nichy. I would rather *HAVE READ* another classic.

I highly value classics, but a lot of them just aren't a lot of fun to read.
11 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 6/29/11 - 8:39:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
I like contemporary more. Some classic writers were paid by the word and it seriously bores me when they go into pages of descriptions.

This said, I include XXth Century writers in contemporary.
11 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 6/29/11 - 9:08:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
I read the classics growing up, starting with Great Books bookclub for children and reading everything from Aristotle to Oscar Wilde from my family's collection. Then I went through a science ficiton period where I read all the authors in the local library from Asimov to Zalezny in college and early adulthood. Then I had a period of only reading non-fiction, while I avoided newspapers (they seemed so repetitive, death,destruction and bad stuff...repeat .)

Once in a while I re-read some of the above, but mostly I read contemporary drivel and trash now, after all I don't watch TV and don't care for movies that much. One needs some drivel and trash entertainment.
11 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 6/30/11 - 1:11:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
well it would depend which specific novels or authors we're talking about...

for the most part, i read contemporary works (like abz, i include 20th century works in with the contemporary category). but there are classics that i enjoy and hold above some other contemporary ones (Les Mis, for example...)
11 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 6/30/11 - 1:11:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
I prefer contemporary novels. That is also my preferred writing style, which may not appeal to some.

Everything had to be contemporary once, didn't it?
11 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 6/30/11 - 1:12:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 6/29/11 - 9:08:24 PM Thinkerbell wrote:
Zelazny


fixed.
11 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 6/30/11 - 5:53:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
It depends. I love classics like A Little Princess and Where The Red Fern Grows, but I can't stand Shakespere. I enjoy contemporary fiction, especialy fantasy and science fiction.
11 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 6/30/11 - 6:30:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
i really enjoy both! i've been reading more contemporary though
11 yrs ago - Thursday 7/14/11 - 4:13:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
Right now I'm really into contemporary horror.
11 yrs ago - Thursday 7/14/11 - 4:20:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
"A classic is something everybody wants to have read, but no one wants to read." - - Mark Twain
11 yrs ago - Thursday 7/14/11 - 4:22:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 7/14/11 - 4:20:01 PM toastermonky wrote:
"A classic is something everybody wants to have read, but no one wants to read." - - Mark Twain


For real.

Though I read Les Miserables for fun about once a year
11 yrs ago - Thursday 7/14/11 - 4:27:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
There are excetions, of course, like Charlotte Bronte, James Joyce, or the rather ironically quoted Mark Twain. And for me, Jack London.


But don't even come at me with Dickens. No thank you.
11 yrs ago - Thursday 7/14/11 - 4:34:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 7/14/11 - 4:27:18 PM toastermonky wrote:
There are excetions, of course, like Charlotte Bronte, James Joyce, or the rather ironically quoted Mark Twain. And for me, Jack London. But don't even come at me with Dickens. No thank you.


YES!

I can't STAND Dickens!!!!

Which Joyce works have you read?
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 11/21/11 - 12:43:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
I prefer something current. The trashier the better.
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 11/21/11 - 12:52:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
20th century classics pls
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 11/21/11 - 1:49:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 7/14/11 - 4:27:18 PM toastermonky wrote:
There are excetions, of course, like Charlotte Bronte, James Joyce, or the rather ironically quoted Mark Twain. And for me, Jack London. But don't even come at me with Dickens. No thank you.


Putting Joyce above Dickens is simple blasphemy. Dickens may have been long winded, but at least he wrote all his novels in f-cking English
10 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Wednesday 2/15/12 - 11:49:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
I have no clue.
9 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 9/21/12 - 3:24:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 6/29/11 - 5:59:37 PM secretbitch wrote:
I love both. Generally I like contemporary stuff for when I feel in need of slightly lighter reading.


OK, contemporary is not necessarily "light."
It's not just that I am of the modern school and want to defend it!
Thomas Pynchon, still writing, created Gravity's Rainbow. If Joyce's Ulysses isn't modern enough for you, then I'll use GR as an example.

For real, that book is the reification of mental illness. Pynchon is such a spazz, and now I finally realize it. It's kind of reassuring. He's not of earth. He's up there somewhere, manic as hell.

Anyway:
to answer the question:
I prefer contemporary stuff - when I can have a good recommendation. The classics are nice and all, but they're tedious to sort through into worthwhile and just dull.
9 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 9/21/12 - 3:34:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
But don't even come at me with Dickens. No thank you.

Haha too sappy for you?

But what about the heroic L-word hero from Two Cities? He was pretty romantic, I liked him.
9 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 9/21/12 - 3:36:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 11/21/11 - 1:49:03 PM griffin_wf wrote:
Putting Joyce above Dickens is simple blasphemy. Dickens may have been long winded, but at least he wrote all his novels in f-cking English


wo. uh, you're insane, grff. Dickens over Joyce?? WATT!?
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 12/17/16 - 9:28:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
Contemporary, definitely. I've been reading James Patterson lately.
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 12/26/16 - 6:55:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
Whichever Stephen King falls under. Contemporary, I'm sure. But I do also enjoy some of the classics.
5 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 12/26/16 - 6:55:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 12/17/16 - 9:28:05 PM QueenBurns wrote:
Contemporary, definitely. I've been reading James Patterson lately.


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