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  •  As I said in my response to upstate NY (0+ / 0-)

    I'll admit that I haven't broached the majority of the literary 'classics' myself, and I am an aspiring author. A part of me feels heinous for not putting in the effort... I'm sure that had I gone to college I would've been forced to contend with a few of them.

    I remember attempting to read 'Moby Dick' and not getting very far at all... (it could've been the free addition I downloaded to my Kindle that wasn't laid out very well, but the prose was hard to absorb; a dense narrative full of what felt like inconsequential information right off the bat).

    Likewise, for a Novel Writing class I took my teacher had us reading 'The Great Gatsby', which I honestly couldn't even finish. The writing was beyond beautiful, but that was part of the problem -- it was so dense with metaphors that I kept losing track of what was going on. And when I was rooted enough in the story to have a sense of the plot, I realized that I didn't particularly care about any of these high-society people and their petty, over-privileged problems. On the whole, it was entirely underwhelming to me.

    I realize I'm just barely skimming the surface of a deep reservoir of fiction that is definitely important; reflecting bygone eras and the people who brought life to them. But I'll admit that I rarely read outside of genre fiction (I'm pretty lenient on what the genre is, but I'm very into larger than life fiction that lets me escape into worlds so far beyond our own that I could never, and would never have, experienced them myself). As I said in another comment, I do try to be well read in the genres that I intend to write in, and while I suppose 'literary' fiction is somewhat universal, it's still not what I intend to write. That's kind of how I rationalize the narrow lens through which I read. If I were to attempt to write something 'literary', I'd definitely read more of it.

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