Classics Put Me Off And I Don’t Know What To Do About It

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Carina Pereira


Carina Pereira, born in ‘87, in Portugal. Moved to Belgium in 2011, and to Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in 2019. Avid reader, changing interests as the mods strikes. Whiles away the time by improvising stand-up routines she’ll never get to perform. Books are a life-long affair, audiobooks a life-changing discovery of adulthood. Selling books by day, writer by night. Contact

I’ve got a few confessions to make, and I might as well make them here, and make them now.

don't like classic books

I have admitted in the past that I don’t like big books—shocking for someone who considers herself a bookworm, but true. In the last few years I’ve slowly—but surely—come to the conclusion that classic books are also not the thing for me.

It wasn’t for lack of trying; I have tried several times to find that spark of enlightenment that so often seems to show up with the reading of a classic novel. I see odes to them, songs based on them—look at Bruce Springsteen’s album The Ghost of Tom Joad, or Mumford and Sons’ song Timsheland yet more and more I shrink at the mere mention of the word classic, or really any book that is know for being a sort of masterpiece.

I’ve started a few: The Old Man And The Sea, Of Mice And Men, Anna Karenina, To Kill a Mockingbird—I gave this one a chance twice!—but each time I found myself dragging the read and, eventually, I lost my interest to another book. I’ve been longing to buy a few books that I am really curious to read—George Orwell’s 1984, The Lord Of The Flies, and Fahrenheit 451—but I fear I will be disappointed by them, so I keep delaying the purchase and the read.

I know why I left these books aside before their ending: I found the writing boring and the story not interesting enough, because the narrative was long and the story wasn’t getting to the point fast enough, but I fear that, in the meantime, it has also become some kind of a prejudice; I know it is a well-known book so I am immediately put off by it.

I don’t know if I’ll be able to overcome this in the same way that, in books, a curse can be put to rest after a few years, but I sure hope I can find a classic novel that will change my view on classics for good.