Classics millenials will love
Updated: Jun 21
If you ever wonder how millenials feel about classics, a quick internet peruse will reveal that we love the feel of them in our hands and the sight of them in our shelves but absolutely dread the idea of having them in out brains. A lot of millenials do not read classics at all, and while I find the reasons behind that quite justifiable, I still feel that we are missing out on a great deal of literature, which is why I started a classics reading challenge last year, and why I am recommending you some of my favourites today.
We’ll keep today’s list short and sweet, with two books tops in each category.
The ones with a great adaptations
The first classic I remember reading is “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare. I had no interest in that book at first, but the acting of 21 years old Leonardo Di Caprio intrigued me enough to pick up the book. Now, I am not a big fan of this particular story, but I think a good adaptation can help ease anyone into a book. And that’s why I recommend “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, both the book and the 2005 adaptation, as well as “Macbeth” by Shakespeare, again the book and the 2015 movie adaptation.
The ones that read like Telenovelas
If you are a fan of scandalous tales of romance and ambition, absolutely pick up “The thorn birds” by Colleen McCullough and “Bel ami” by Guy De Maupassant. These two might intimidate by their sheer number or pages (more than 400 each), but they are page turners and read like the most ludicrous romance drama you have ever seen
The mystery indispensables
The two books I will be recommending in this section have shaped the genre and became an integral part of our mystery DNA. I am of course talking about “And then, there were none” by Agatha Christie and “The adventures of Sherlock Holmes” by Arthur Conan Doyle. I am afraid I can’t say much about these books that haven’t been said before, apart from the fact that they read as masterpieces for the twenty-something I was when I picked them up.
The relevant ones
Sometimes, we just need a book that reflects the current conjectures we live in. A book, that, while still being a fiction, helps us mull over our thoughts and fears for the future.
“Animal farm” by George Orwell and “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury did just that to me. Both are fairly short but pack a punch to the gut.
The short plays you will not get enough of
Finally, in this section, I would like to break the rule and suggest 3 classics that I think will leave you with a smile on your face and a whole lot of thoughts in your brain. My favourite in this list is “On ne badine pas avec l’amour”, ie “Don’t trifle with love” by Alfred De Musset, probably because I find it introspective in the most charming way. But I also love the cunning violence Shakespeare writes in “Richard III”, or the smart comedy Molière delivers in “L’avare”.
These were my recommendations of books I believe can be great entries into the classic genre. Let me know what your the first classic book you read was down in the comments.