How To Read A Classic

The Classic are, well....classic. 

But they can also be a little hard to read at times, so I made this (hopefully) helpful little list! Enjoy! 

1. Know the story.
I suggest reading a basic outline of the story or maybe reading a children's version. Then you can go back and re read it in all it's glory. It is also helpful to watch a film version of it (make sure it as as accurate as possible to the book. If your reading Pride and Prejudice, I suggest the BBC Mini series with Colin Firth)
This is the one type of book that I would suggest watching the movie first!

2. Take your time and savor it.
Most of the classics have been classics for awhile, (I'm looking at you, Iliad.) so the wording is a little different then what we normally read.

3. Act smug because you just read one of the classics. Ha. You're cultured now, so stick your nose up and refuse to dance with anyone who is only tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt you

4. Be prepared for people to think you're "one of those people" if you happened to like the book. Retaliate by quoting the book at them to mock them. What with the inferiority of their connections, it's not hard to imagine why they don't understand why they are uncultured little swines.

Have you read a classic piece of literature?



-Mary Kate-

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Some of my favorite classics and quotes from them:

The Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
"Better a witty fool, then a foolish wit" is by far one of my favorite quotes, but two of the most famous are "Some are born great, some achieve greatness and others have greatness thrust upon them" and "If music is the food of love, play on."

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
There are so many quotes from this, from both the movie and the book. So many quotes. If you hear me talking about inferior connections, someone being tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me, my poor nerves...then I'm quoting this classic. (My favorite quote from the movie is "My head is very ill tonight." )

The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton

"But Eldred's farm had fallen arwy
Like an old cripple bones
And Eldred's tool were red with rust
And on his well was a green crust
And purple thistles upward thrust
Between the kitchen stones"

(Isn't that just so pretty?) 


  1. I've read Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. I liked it, though it was hard to read. (I read the unabridged version.) The plot was powerful. It compared the dog to Oliver and how loyal and eager to help others they were (even though the ones they were eager to help were cruel to them). I LOVED that. He did a great job. Though, I don't read much classics now, I started to read Great Expectations. Lol I stopped and basically was clueless when I went back to my spot to resume reading. I'll have to start again. *sigh*
    That snippet The Ballad of the White Horse WAS pretty!
    I cried so much for Oliver Twist, but it was a very good book so, I'll probably read it again in the future. Thanks for the post. :)

    1. Oliver Twist is one of my favorite classics! :'(

    2. Mine too from what I've read so far! *sob*