Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Classics

I have been out of modern books lately and decided to delve into some of the free classics on the Kindle store.

I downloaded about 11 of them so far, ranging from "The Scarlett Letter" to "Frankenstein." I started reading them last week and started with "The War of the Worlds," by H. G. Wells. Now this book was written back in 1898 and I mention that because I think it's important to my point.

The book drags, there is a lot of time spent on mundane details that do nothing to add to the plot. The characters are fabulous though and I really enjoy the action when it gets to it. However, I think writers back then had a different style that got you published.

Now days, you have to start off with a bang and keep the action going throughout otherwise the reader will get bored, distracted, and you lose him. Back in the early 20th century, a lot of the same distractions weren't around, so books were a very big source of home entertainment.

What do you think about the Classics now? Can you sit down and read them at the same pace you can books from today? I can't. I'm not afraid to admit it, but I still get through them, they just take me a lot longer.

Do you agree or disagree with my assessment?

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