Yeah, yeah, let’s not open up that can of worms: ‘what makes a classic?’
For these purposes, I’m working with ‘longevity’ and ‘resonance’.
This is a short list of books, written at least a century ago, that I love. (Also, it’ll probably look like I’m some Barnes and Noble rep.. but I just love their gothic looking leather bound collection!)
Jane Eyre – My first experience with ‘classic’ literature. My Nan read some of it to me before watching a film adaptation. I grew up with Jane.. enjoying different parts of her story at different ages.
This was because of my mum. She put the story on such a pedestal that I was both excited and nervous about reading it. I didn’t quite ‘get’ it so much as an early teen, but re-reading it again almost a decade later and I got so much more out of it. Pssh, Edward who?
My middle teens was dominated by Ann Rice books, but I do remember reading this in between. I think this book shaped and defined a big part of my creative self. I don’t own a copy anymore… Sad times… Dear Santa…