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My Favorite and Least Favorite Classic Novels

Feb 23, 2022
hi my name is jessica and i'm here today to talk to you about the

classic

books i love and the

classic

books i don't love so much, so i've read a lot of classic books, i have a degree in english and i've also taught. Lots of classic

novels

and I love them and I know a lot of people are intimidated by them or think they're boring and just want to stick to yaa and that's completely fine, but I'm here to give you some options for books that might interest you. I'm going to try to recommend a few that I think people who really like young adult literature like topy, fantasy, or contemporary would like and hopefully maybe find something you want to read. this or maybe you know a lot about classic literature and just want to hear someone else's perspective on it.
my favorite and least favorite classic novels
I will say that not all of them are like in the Canon. There is not one person sitting in a room somewhere deciding what is classical literature and what is. Isn't that something that just happens? eventually so a couple of these I'm predicting will become known as classics in years but they're not necessarily at the moment so keep in mind I'm not like coming off an official list of what is a classic and which isn't, so I'm going to start with my

favorite

s and then move on to my

least

favorite

s. I have a lot more favorites than less favorites, so we're going to get down to business, so I'm going to start with books that I think everyone should read, especially in today's political climate, one of them being Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.
my favorite and least favorite classic novels

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my favorite and least favorite classic novels...

I have like 101 copies of this book I don't know how but this is a book about a society where books have been banned they have firefighters in the society whose only job is to burn books like if they find out someone owns a book they are supposed to they must go and burn it down the government is very controlling obviously and wants to keep the information under control so that the protagonist in this novel his name is Guy Montag what is interesting a What happens is that although he is one of these firefighters, he also discovered the love of reading and books.
my favorite and least favorite classic novels
He has a conflict because he's supposed to destroy books, but he also really wants to read them and wants to know what's inside them and what's in them. to offer him he meets a neighbor named Clarice who also helps him open his eyes to this new undiscovered world and how wrong this government is so this is one of my favorite dystopian. I love teaching this book because it really teaches the importance of having information available and how lucky we are to be able to read different ideas and share different ideas through books, which is why it's one of my favorite dystopian, my favorite of all time. it's 1984 and somehow I don't have a copy but Orwell's 1984 is like the ultimate dystopian novel. 1984 is about a society in which the older brother is watching.
my favorite and least favorite classic novels
If you've heard that phrase, big brother, it comes from 1984, so just like the Big Brother TV show, there's always a camera on you. they are always watching you no matter what, even in your house the information is very limited there is no freedom of expression there are even thought crimes you can get in trouble for thinking certain things basically the government decides what is true and what is not true and I see a lot of this happening in today's society and I just wish everyone would read 1984 so they could see it too because it's one of those important

novels

where you start to see signs of things happening and you recognize that I've read about this. kind of society i don't want to live in that society so i'm going to do something to stop it before it gets worse it's also interesting to see what was well predicted and what came true obviously it's past 1984 but things he predicted keep happening so it's really an interesting book.
I'm going to try not to say too much interesting because I say it a lot. I feel like The Handmaid's Tale is another dystopian novel that I love. I haven't watched the Hulu series yet. t but I'm planning on it The Handmaid's Tale is about a woman named Offred and she's a handmaid so her job is basically to get pregnant and have children for the socialite men so these men have wives but don't it is. She works for her to get pregnant, so the pregnancy is seen as a maid job. What's really cool about this book is that it starts out and you think it's like a time remedy and then you realize this happened after modern society, so there are all these references to regular school and electronics and all these things you associate with modern society and you realize something really bad happened to this government and potentially could happen to our government too so again another warning to our society another very good book the next one is actually a play Arthur Miller's The Crucible is one of my all time favorites I read it in probably two hours the first time I wrote it it's a very quick read The Crucible is about the Salem witch trials Arthur Miller took a few from the Salem witch trials documents and created a fictionalized version of what he saw happen, so some of the names and some of the events are accurate to the time, but he took all that information and made his own story about it.
This play is about a group of girls who were caught in the woods doing witchcraft. They were having fun with one of the servants making potions. Casting spells. they had to think of a way out, and therefore began to blame people for bewitching them. This is what started the Salem witch trials. Basically, in this play, one of the main characters, John Proctor, is known as a good man in society, he is a hard worker. he stands up for what he believes in but they accuse him of witchcraft and he doesn't want to admit it so basically they have two choices admit to witchcraft and tarnish their reputation for their e entire lives or they could say they are not guilty and be hanged for witchcraft but their name would have nothing to do with it they would go to their grave with a kind of clean slate because they never admitted to being a witch what i really liked about this play is the importance of your name when people hear your name you want them to think good things you want to have a good reputation you want everything you do to reflect and that is a very important theme of this work the next book I have is Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
This is another very easy quick read. If you liked Lost, you might like this book. It's not exactly the same, but it's about a plane crash on a deserted island, so the people who ended up on this island were a bunch of British schoolboys, the pilot ends up dying, and the boys have to fend for themselves, they have to learn. to survive and i would say they are i think the older guys are around 13 what i really like about this bo ok is that it shows there is a monster inside all of us sometimes the monsters are a little bigger a little wilder but we all have that inside of us even if we are raised in a super prim and proper society faced with this kind of situation some kind of savagery will arise this book is really great it is again a very quick read a very easy read and you will be thinking about this for a long time after you read it next time i want to talk about to kill a mockingbird by harper lee this is one of the early y-a novels and the reason why it's a non candle is because the protagonist is a girl this is the coming of age story about a girl named Scout her father Atticus is a lawyer and what I love about this novel is that it is told from the perspective of a child so you see this really important court case through the eyes of a child, so you recognize how important it is, but it's not necessarily mentioned in the book and you get a reminder of the innocence of childhood and d one of the themes of the book is that racism is learned and that, of course, is always relevant in our society, that's why I feel it's a really important book, another easy race, it's a little longer but it's very well written and it's a fun read let's get into a little bit of Shakespeare I love Shakespeare I don't love all of Shakespeare as you'll soon see but I love Shakespeare it's one of those things when you start reading it it seems really overwhelming that the ideas are so easy translated into our society age that is crazy my favorites to teach is romeo and juliet.
I've taught Romeo and Juliet four or five times and it's still my favorite and what I love is the first time I read it when I was in ninth grade. I fell in love. Let me show you that this is actually my 9th grade copy. I would just sit on my bed and read and reread on the balcony scene and I thought it was the most romantic thing I'd ever read. I think this is the scene where Romeo and Juliet decided they were going to get married and Julia is waiting for some kind of sign that Romeo set it all up.
I was in love and the interesting thing is that over the years as I got older and had something of my own. relationships and my own experience with love my thoughts about this place changed but i didn't like it any less i just saw it differently and that's what i really love is that young teens are going to read this book and probably most likely they are let them figure out the romance and then the adults will read this play and see how hasty and error riddled B's choice plans are and that's what I love, it's not, I wouldn't say it's my favorite Shakespeare play, but I love it, it's a classic, it's one of those plays that is referenced everywhere in our society, so it's good to know that my favorite Shakespearean play is King Lear King Lear is a play about a king named of course and he has three daughters that he is growing older so he decides to divide his kingdom into three equal parts and give them to his daughters but first he asks each one to say how much they loved him as a kind of test and the first two daughters are too dramatic in his expression of love. for him obviously they think they'll get a little bit more if they say they love him more and then the third daughter is very honest about how much she loves him very sincere but because he's used to people fawning over him he becomes furious with her and kicks her out of the kingdom as a disowned, sir, so this play is about King Lear discovering the mistake he's made.
It is about the two eldest daughters ruining her life and then the youngest daughter finds love and her journey out of her father's kingdom there is also another story about two brothers which is also very interesting but this is my favorite Shakespeare play , so if you're interested in picking a Shakespeare play this is a good one to read my next favorite is Night by Elie Wiesel if you haven't read this autobiography yet you should read it Elie Wiesel was a boy from Transylvania who was actually sent to two different death camps during the Holocaust because he and his family were Jewish.
Auschwitz and then Buchenwald and this story tells of his experience throughout his time in the Holocaust. I read somewhere that the original untranslated first draft was much more angry and bitter and that over time, through translations of the drafts, it became what it is today, that's important. know about this book because one question I had when I first read it was how is he so forgiving and I think it's important to know that he wasn't at first because there are a lot of really terrible things that happen throughout this novel but the reason we still read it is so it doesn't happen again.
In fact, he stays with his father for much of the Holocaust and that's what he gives her. it is his motivation to survive and move on but the things that happened to him and his father and his family and those around him are horrible for nothing like that to happen again we have to remember what happened in the first place and that is why this is one of my recommendations another one is in Frank's diary his autobiography obviously she didn't make it out of the Holocaust which is heartbreaking but it's great especially for younger kids to start with.
I feel like this is for a little bigger. hearing and then another one that i really enjoyed i didnt enjoy hearing about all the terrible things but i thought it was a really important book it was a day in the life of even denisa this is also set in world war ii it is about a russian soldier who is unfairly convicted of treason and sent to a labor camp in Siberia and recounts his experience there. I think it's important to remember that while millions of people died in places like Austria and Germany, a lot of people died in Russia as well and this is a really great short book about what was happening in Russia at the time.
Russia I am happiest with books I love Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte I would stay up late reading it and there are some pretty scary parts and there are entertaining parts and there are love scenes and I loved it it's a longer book there are slower parts but It's worth it because I feel like it's one of the first books that had a feminist feel to it. Shane is someone who isn't afraid of living alone. She's not afraid of being herself. She's educated. She's smart. one final woman basically does get a little creepy but that makes it all the more fun to read in a similar way to Jane Austen before her time.
I chose NorthangerAbbey, but again I love all the Jane Austen novels, they're not for everyone, they're a little slower. a bit harder ult to read but once you get into it they are super funny super witty and have really strong female characters this society was crazy like i can't survive in this society because it's all about marrying for status social and like I can't the next book is a Toni Morrison mercy this is not necessarily a classic. but it's going to be a mercy though it's about the slave trade in late 1600's america it has some main characters and there are different types of people we have slaves we have people who deal in slaves or that's like their profession and it's heartbreaking it's interesting it's eye opening it's one of those books you read and you think about what your ancestors were doing at the time and whether they might have been in situations like this at its core it's a mother daughter story but there's lots of other characters that surround him overall it makes for a very interesting and fun read.
I said interesting again, although it's a very fun read and it's not, it's not boring. I'll tell you it's not boring, right? If you are not at all interested in magical realism, Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude is the book for you. If you don't mind a million characters that are all very similarly named, you'll really enjoy this book. This book is about a town called Macondo and it follows a certain family through several generations it follows the Buendía family through several generations and it's a fascinating scene if you're interested in family lineage and history and how people grow up with time and how family stories are passed down this is the book for you it's also like i said magical realism so there are elements that are a little supernatural and it makes it fun to read this one is longer and takes a little longer of time to read and you may have to do you may have to make a character table to find out everyone's names.
I think this one actually has one. Yes, I have a kind of family tree, but it's worth it in the back that says me. It should be required reading for the entire human race, so go for it. I won't talk much about this book because I know I talk about it a lot, but the Poisonwood Bible is one of my all-time favorites. It is a novel about a family from Georgia in the late 1950's they went to the Congo in Africa as a missionary family they established a church in this small town and quickly began to realize that everything they thought was true everything they they thought it was right it's not necessarily right what i love about this book is that it's narrated from multiple perspectives and it takes you like i'm from Georgia; this is an environment that i'm very familiar with and it takes you into a completely different environment and it's just interesting to see those people in that kind of world and how it changes them and it changes their perspective my penultimate i can't believe i don't have a copy of this right now is the great gatsby but fitzgerald this is one of my all-time favorite books some people we wrote this book but i think it's a brilliant book one of the reasons is you don't love the characters and you don't hate them, there's something you like and don't like about each character and just when you feel like it they're figuring out a character they do something that makes you question them again at the end of the novel you still don't know if I like this person I don't like this person if they took the right decision is also very very beautiful written and very fun to read many of you have probably already seen the movie the book is very similar but still worth reading for sure my last one is another controversial river, people either love it or hate it, i feel like but this is me. it was a clue, I mean Faulkner, what I loved about this book, first of all, it's told from multiple perspectives, which I really appreciate because I love looking inside different characters. consciousness which means everything that was in the minds of the characters is poured onto the page even if it doesn't make sense so this novel is about the Bundren family their mother the family matriarch Addie has died and they have to travel across the mississippi to bury her this family is kind of crazy and you really don't know who to trust and who not to trust and this is another book where you feel like once you've figured them out in the end it completely changes everything what you thought and have to look back and say if i was completely wrong about my judgment thats what i really like about this book this is the stack of classic books no i love i have more than this but honestly i love more books that I don't love. so the first one is The Scarlet Letter, although there are things about this book that I really like, there are also things that I don't like and one of those things is that the overall message at the end is that even if you have made mistakes in the past if you meet a man and get married, it's okay, your life will be fine.
I really don't like that many women are embarrassed. Obviously, this woman, Hester Prynne, has to wear a red a on her chest that represents adultery because she gets pregnant out of wedlock. It starts with a little bit of hope, like she's a strong woman, she cares about her and her daughter, she has to live with this shame, this public perception of her, but then it fades, hey Luce I'd just say you should read it , you should definitely read it. do it and make your own judgement. I just think it's a bit ridiculous, but it's a good book.
It is well written. The next book is The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy. This is the only book I've read in high school that I don't remember anything about because it was so boring. I feel like I'll have to re-read it to see if I really like it once I give it a fair chance, but what I remember is that I couldn't get into it. not at all so let me know if you've read this and like it because i might give what i probably won't give another chance another try is Walden by Henry David Thoreau I think a lot of people know the premise of Walden this man moves to the desert and writes about being away from modern society and living in nature and the importance of nature and transcendentalism and it's very important and I get it I just don't want to read it again it was very boring I think the ideas that came up are significant and I think the people enjoy it I'm just not that person and that's okay the next book I don't like is Julius Caesar it's actually a play this is the fearless version of Shakespeare because I taught this book and I would provide some of the scenes in translation , this place is ok until as i think it's act 3 it goes on for too long it's important it's a story i get it i just thought it was boring one i don't have here is w atership down watership down is a book about rabbits literally and in the preface and the the author talks about how it's not an allegory that it's not supposed to imitate anything in our society, that it's not talking about bigger issues, it's just about rabbits and from that point I was like, oh yeah, but it has to be like you're anthropomorphizing rabbits, if you're turning them into humans, it has to be an allegory beyond that, I couldn't get over it because it was kind of boring to me, I thought boring I know a lot of people like it but I don't have another one here it's a bit controversial because a lot of people love it it's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein well I appreciate Mary Shelley taking a chance and writing this super story scary, only if I could remove all the scenes about nature, I'm not saying they're not important, they're important if I could remove them and make it all about the monster.
Yes, I would love the book, but it goes on too long. It's very important. I think everyone should be exposed. the ideas in it. I just think the way it was written was a bit unnecessary, people might disagree with me and that's okay, I've read it twice, I liked it the first time, the second time I didn't like it as much and I feel like it was because I was older and really into it and thinking I was going to love it and I didn't. The last one I didn't love is Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
When you look at this book, you think, oh, I'm going to read it right away. I had to read it in high school and college and hated it both times. This is another book that I feel I should re-read and might like better now, but it is about a man who goes up to the Congo. River is like on a Belgian merchant ship with similar ivory dealers and the closer they get to the heart of the Congo the darker and more mysterious it becomes and the more out of place they are, it's all about corruption and imperialism, things that are interested.
It's not normally my favorite written book but the ideas in it are still important and should be remembered so it's my favorite and

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favorite classic novels I probably love some mountains but that's ok because this was the longest video I've ever I've filmed it's something I'm passionate about so I'm excited I finally did it and I hope you guys enjoyed it, please let me know if you have any favorites or least favorites that I didn't include. I'd love to know, but other than that, thanks so much for watching. I really appreciate it and I'll see you again next time

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