Forget Twilight, read the classics

By Megan Davis |Staff Writer|

The New York Times Best Sellers list is currently housing books in their top spots like The Racketeer by John Grisham and Reflected in You by Sylvia Day.
Sadly, the majority of students on this campus will never read those titles nor ever be able to readily recognize the names of those authors.
But what many students will be able to tell me is when the latest installment of the “Twilight” movie series is released, and the names Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are familiar to, if not idolized by, most students on campus.
Adding insult to injury is the fact that The Great Gatsby is being re-released into theaters, bringing one of the greatest American classics back to motion picture.
But I’m sure it will not have even a fraction of the ticket sales that “Breaking Dawn: Part II” will.
What I can’t stand is that students on this campus can tell me in detail the plot lines of Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey, but would be hard pressed to list three characters from Great Expectations.
“I personally don’t understand why more young people don’t read classic literature. There is something so timeless about it,” said student Ashley Stevenson.
What is it about teen romance novels that are mediocre at best, that has students running to Barnes & Noble, some for the first time in their lives?
Is it the simplistic writing and predictable endings? Is it because books like Twilight require zero thought provocation or in depth analysis?
It is completely pathetic that girls will swoon over possessive and jealous characters like Edward and idolize weak and co-dependent Bella, but are oblivious to the epic love affair of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice.
These characters have been alive in the pages of books since 1813 but are being forgotten in lieu of lesser modern day alternatives.
“I don’t understand at all why people, especially girls, get so hyped over Twilight. The way they go all crazy over those dudes in the movies is kind of pathetic,” said student Ryan Lund.
Even if you are someone who balks at the idea of reading the classics because the language or the concepts are too outdated for you, there are authors today that are creating amazing pieces of literature that are dealing with current issues many of us are facing and that are written in modern day language.
For example an author by the name of Jodi Picoult is a New York Times Bestseller author and has famously written 22 novels ranging from a slew of ethical issues covering adultery, euthanasia, donor children, murder, and teen suicide.
It is so important that our generation sets an example for the others that will come after us by keeping good though provoking literature alive.
Our generation should refuse to succumb to trashy teen dramas that are slowly eclipsing infamous authors of our past and the notable authors of today that are so much more capable of instilling worthy lessons into the minds of young adults.
We need to focus our attention on books that are written to convey knowledge and meaning, and not the books that encourage us to fall into a coma-like-state if we get dumped by a possessive, over bearing, egotistical logistically speaking dead boyfriend … ahem Bella Swan.

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