8 responses

  1. Michael Howell
    November 26, 2012

    Classics appealed to an era of people who weren’t as needy emotionally or living in an age of instant gratification…people today don’t want to really take the time to get into a novel…(save Eragon which still puzzles me) if it doesn’t grab them immediately they won’t read it…its a form of reading poverty. Young ladies of that time were much different than young ladies of today. In general they were more mature and accomplished.


  2. Kerri
    November 27, 2012

    Michael–You certainly have a point about this being an era of instant gratification, though I must defend my intern and say that few young ladies are as mature and accomplished as she is. I would also point to the novels of Jane Austen to demonstate that people were just as “needy emotionally” in the era of classic literature as they are today. –Kerri


  3. Fred
    November 30, 2012

    Dude, chill out. This intern, based on her profile, has only been alive during this era of instant gratification. Clearly you are older, as am I, and have lived when things weren’t as such. It’s not like she hates the classics, or anything and everything written in something other than first-person present-tense. I’m sure she has exceptions on both sides. She was merely sharing her preference to YA over classics, and discovered a possible reason as to why that exists. This isn’t any different than a preference of football over baseball.


  4. Skye
    May 2, 2013

    I have started reading YA novels more now that I have a child and no time! It is quicker and still throughly enjoyable. The classics are good but no better in my opinion then some of the books written today, though there are always going to be book snobs to tell you otherwise.


  5. Barbara
    March 23, 2015

    Brava! I applaud you for delving into this to answer the question on reading habits and genuine interests. Way to be self-aware! I think we as readers today are more connected to one another and the first person, present tense writing supports that. We read certain books because they feel like a personal conversation, and it allows a sense of belonging. Isn’t that what what keeps a reader in search of the next great read? 🙂


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