Classics Corner

Krissa Ford reveals her intimate thoughts on the nature of classic literature.

17th October 2016

Your favourite classic?

Clearly being the stereotypical English Literature student that I am, I am going to have to say Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is my favourite classic. I mean how can you not fall absolutely in love with Lizzy Bennet’s sarcastic, witty ways! And not forgetting when Mr Darcy confesses his love for Lizzy, “I love you. Most ardently. Please do me the honor of accepting my hand,” my poor little heart just can’t take it!

The most overhyped classic?

As much as I love Shakespeare, I’m going to have to say ‘Romeo and Juliet’. I know, I know! I love the play too, but I just feel like it’s everyone’s go-to answer when asked about classics and The Canon.

Which classic have you lie about having read?

To Kill a Mockingbird- I know, it’s shocking! I’m judging me too…

What is your next future read?

Vladimir Nabokov’s ‘Lolita’ is something that’s been on my reading list for a while now. Hopefully, I’ll get chance to read it when I’ve finished this year’s Literature reading list; so basically when I’m 75.

Your most hated classic?

Straight to the point, Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’. Whilst I appreciate the imagination of such a story and how extraordinary it is that Shelley began writing this well-regarded novel at the age of 18 (making me feel really inferior right now), I just think the entire novel is quite tedious.

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