Thursday, April 3, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

Lit-Ra-Chur April 3, 2008
Filed under: Wordpress — --Deb @ 1:21 am

When somebody mentions “literature,” what’s the first thing you think of? (Dickens? Tolstoy? Shakespeare?)
Funny enough I only use that word in reference to "Modern Literature" i.e magazines,newspapers and increasingly blogs. I never think of it in the context of the Classics- Tolstoy, Shakespeare etc- those are just books or plays to be read

Do you read “literature” (however you define it) for pleasure? Or is it something that you read only when you must?
Well obviously in school- I had to read the classics- but luckily for the most apart enjoyed it- but I didn't enjoy it when we had to pull the book apart and analyse it- if I like a book I just want to read it and enjoy it- not bother about subplots and themes and all that jazz.
But now- if there is a classic I haven't read yet and think I would like it - I do pick it up just to read.
I even got the kids a simplified version of Shakespeare's plays- so we can enjoy those stories together. Also the same on famous opera's- I've got a kiddie version that is easy to read and understand. I have a duty after all to let Carmen understand where her name comes from. :)

10 comments:

Aria said...

Taking books apart always seemed to ruin the joy of reading for me. If not for that, I would have enjoyed reading the classics in school much more. Maybe that is why so many people don't like to read nowadays...

DeN said...

Ugh! I work as a writer for an educational publisher and I have to "take books apart and analyze it" all the time. I agree that it takes the joy out of reading :p

I think it's a very good idea to expose your kids to classic literature (or to reading per se) early on. It helps a lot later on.

Happy BTT! Ü

Marianne Arkins said...

You're right about tearing apart a book to examine it, IMHO...

And, I LOVE Shakespeare. Dang. That man was a genius!

Happy BTT :-)

Jennifer said...

Looks like I'm in the minority - I tend to enjoy picking classics to pieces but not to read them for pleasure.

I never thought of reading the stories of operas but it'd be great to know them. :)

Chris said...

Reading the kiddie version of books got me interested in reading the real thing when I got older.

gautami tripathy said...

I read the kiddie versions of Shakespeare and then was hooked to his sonnets!

Here is my BTT post!

joanna said...

I always liked analysing books! I don't really do it anymore - although as I wrote that I realised that I'm doing it again now that I started blogging about books I read. Not to the same extent as at school, but still. And I like that about blogging, that it makes me think about the book and its themes.

Table Talk said...

I'm the opposite, I love taking books apart; thank goodness we're all different.

pussreboots said...

I never really though about blogs being part of modern literature but they do fit the definition. Happy BTT.

Nithin said...

I too read the simplified version of Shakespeare's plays as a kid. Having read the kiddie versions of this and other classics, now I feel too lazy to read the originals because I already know the story! :-( But they did help me get interested in reading.