I was tagged for this one by Heather at Book Addiction. Here goes:
What is the best classic you were “forced” to read in school (and why)? I don’t know if this counts, but I had to read Gone With the Wind for summer reading one year. I loved it!! To this day, I smile when I think about Scarlet and Rhett and their volatile relationship and strong personalities. I really enjoyed the movie, too.
What was the worst classic you were forced to endure (and why)? I was asked to read lots of books in MS and HS that I just never read. I didn’t become an avid reader until graduate school. I used it as an escape from the never-ending academic reading. But, I do remember in eighth grade being forced to read The Last of the Mohicans. My mom actually read it with me because I couldn’t get through it. We made up a song about how hard it was. In HS, I figured out how to get good grades w/o reading the books. Just pay attention in class and you’ll ace the tests!
Which classic should every student be required to read (and why)? I think To Kill a Mockingbird should be required. It exposes people to important issues between the races.
Which classic should be put to rest immediately (and why)? Okay, brace yourself, I don’t understand all the Shakespeare stuff. I know lots of people love it, but I wish I didn’t have to be exposed to so much of it in school.
**Bonus** Why do you think certain books become “classics”? I think the writing, of course, is key. Also, the use of metaphor, symbolism, etc. always seems to help. I don’t always get a lot of that stuff and, therefore, sometimes have trouble with the “classics.”