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    Old literature vs Modern day literature

    Hi there, guys!

    So, nowadays people mostly read modern day literature, the books from bestsellers list. I think that people read works from today popular authors like Paulo Coelho, George Martin, Dan Brown more than they read Shelley, Yesenin or Verlaine.
    What do you think?

    Which books do you buy?
    Do you like to read old or modern day literature?


    NOTE! I used terms old and modern day literature because I think they are better than terms classics and bestseller books, but if you know better terms for this topic please let me know!
     
         

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    Re: Old literature vs Modern day literature

    Modern for me.

    Though I adore the Odyssey and Iliad, so I should probably try reading more classics <(-.-<).
     
         

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    Re: Old literature vs Modern day literature

    Classics is a perfectly acceptable term for older literature. Whereas as classics can be bestsellers not all bestsellers are classics. A classic book is one that has been generally accepted as pivotal to western civilizations growth.

    Crime and Punishment: Fydor Dostoyevsky
    The Portrait of Dorian Grey: Oscar Wilde
    The Count of Monte Cristo: Alexandre Dumas
    The Cask of Amontillado: Poe
    Ivanhoe: Walter Scott


    Those are the sort of books I read. In fact, I really won't touch modern literature because I think it's poorly written compared to older works. The "Bestsellers" list is filled with a lot of good books, but also a lot of books that take minimal effort to read and literally no thought on the part of the reader...It's boring...
     
         

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    I buy whatever entices me at the time and never read it. I'm planning on not reading Don Quijote now
     
         

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    I definitely agree. People are buying the books they hear about from reviews, best sellers lists and such. And especially in high school, I knew a lot of people who complained about old literature since they hated their English classes. But IMO, I go for whatever peaks my interest, whether it be old or new.
     
         

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    I buy whatever entices me at the time and never read it. I'm planning on not reading Don Quijote now
    That dog in your avatar is so fluffy I wanna pet it !
     
         

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    Aww, that reminds me of the times me and my sister had a Paulo Coelho phase - I suppose you'd call it. We literally bought like all his books one day -sat down and started reading them .
    To be honest, I don't read as much anymore as I used to, but my taste is a mixture. I like some classics, but the majority of books I read are all modern.
     
         

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    Re: Old literature vs Modern day literature

    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Mokusei View Post
    Hi there, guys!

    So, nowadays people mostly read modern day literature, the books from bestsellers list. I think that people read works from today popular authors like Paulo Coelho, George Martin, Dan Brown more than they read Shelley, Yesenin or Verlaine.
    What do you think?

    Which books do you buy?
    Do you like to read old or modern day literature?


    NOTE! I used terms old and modern day literature because I think they are better than terms classics and bestseller books, but if you know better terms for this topic please let me know!
    Modern Literature takes the cake. Yeah they are better terms because with those titles you can figure what era the literature was written in. LAtely I've been reading Brave New World By Aldous Huxley, and Dr. Sax by Jack Kerouac. Both sci fi ficiton classics. Good summer reads !
     
         

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    Re: Old literature vs Modern day literature

    Quote Originally Posted by Xx Itachi Uchiha xX View Post
    Modern for me.

    Though I adore the Odyssey and Iliad, so I should probably try reading more classics <(-.-<).
    You definitively should do that. Without classics you can't understand properly world of literature. It's only my opinion, though.

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    Classics is a perfectly acceptable term for older literature. Whereas as classics can be bestsellers not all bestsellers are classics. A classic book is one that has been generally accepted as pivotal to western civilizations growth.

    Crime and Punishment: Fydor Dostoyevsky
    The Portrait of Dorian Grey: Oscar Wilde
    The Count of Monte Cristo: Alexandre Dumas
    The Cask of Amontillado: Poe
    Ivanhoe: Walter Scott


    Those are the sort of books I read. In fact, I really won't touch modern literature because I think it's poorly written compared to older works. The "Bestsellers" list is filled with a lot of good books, but also a lot of books that take minimal effort to read and literally no thought on the part of the reader...It's boring...
    I am perfectly aware that classics is acceptable term for old literature but I prefer term old literature because classics can be bestsellers (sometimes) so I didn't want to be misunderstood.

    I read all of these books except The cask of Amontilado.
    Did you read Crime and Punishment in original? Good God, that grammar destroyed me.
    Ivanhoe? Most people prefer The Heart of Midlothian. Only thing that I like in Ivanhoe is Rebecca, and maybe picture of that insane vicar.

    I'm so glad that there is person who thinks like that. I wanted to make a thread where I would compare these two literatures but I knew that no one would read that. Modern literature really has some good books but it seems that people rather read simple works these days. I don't quite get that.

    Quote Originally Posted by jonsnow1991 View Post
    I buy whatever entices me at the time and never read it. I'm planning on not reading Don Quijote now
    Why? Don Quixote is sure something that you need to read if you really like reading.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hakairyoku1 View Post
    I definitely agree. People are buying the books they hear about from reviews, best sellers lists and such. And especially in high school, I knew a lot of people who complained about old literature since they hated their English classes. But IMO, I go for whatever peaks my interest, whether it be old or new.
    Yeah, but I think that the most important thing is that we read books that possess quality no matter are they old or not.

    Quote Originally Posted by Katachi View Post
    Aww, that reminds me of the times me and my sister had a Paulo Coelho phase - I suppose you'd call it. We literally bought like all his books one day -sat down and started reading them .
    To be honest, I don't read as much anymore as I used to, but my taste is a mixture. I like some classics, but the majority of books I read are all modern.
    I suppose that we all have these phases; I remember that I had Dan Brown phase.


    Quote Originally Posted by Invincible View Post
    Modern Literature takes the cake. Yeah they are better terms because with those titles you can figure what era the literature was written in. LAtely I've been reading Brave New World By Aldous Huxley, and Dr. Sax by Jack Kerouac. Both sci fi ficiton classics. Good summer reads !
    I read Brave New World, and I like Aldous Huxley. His style is pretty unique. However I didn’t read Dr. Sax.
     
         
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    Why? Don Quixote is sure something that you need to read if you really like reading.
    I like the illusion of reading xD I've always been very fond of words, if that makes sense. Anyone who can speak differently than others, put more emphasis in their words and how they speak, I like those people. So books are appealing to me, but I can never just sit down and start reading something. I love visual entertainment, that's my thing. I've had Don Quijote right next to me for several months now, but I just can't seem to pick it up and just start reading.
     
         

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    Re: Old literature vs Modern day literature

    I like classics more. I adore Count of Monte Cristo, Iliad etc.
    One of my favourites that I want to recommend is The Prince by Nicollo Machiavelli.Great story and a good read.
    I like most of you I suppose like the vision classic authors have.I like the way they picture things in their work.In modern books you see the same attributes like in most works. There are too many mysteries that are similar with one another.
     
         

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    Re: Old literature vs Modern day literature

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    I like the illusion of reading xD I've always been very fond of words, if that makes sense. Anyone who can speak differently than others, put more emphasis in their words and how they speak, I like those people. So books are appealing to me, but I can never just sit down and start reading something. I love visual entertainment, that's my thing. I've had Don Quijote right next to me for several months now, but I just can't seem to pick it up and just start reading.
    Words are pure magic, at least for me. When I sit down and start to read I’m not in my room anymore. Maybe it sounds so cliché but I don’t know how to explain that. The similar thing happens to me when I am writing. I can live lives of my characters, I can feel their emotions, I can be any of them… I don’t want to sound creepy but words can give you power to be in the world hidden between lines of letters. And I can’t experience that when I am watching a film.

    Quote Originally Posted by Damon Salvatore View Post
    I like classics more. I adore Count of Monte Cristo, Iliad etc.
    One of my favourites that I want to recommend is The Prince by Nicollo Machiavelli.Great story and a good read.
    I like most of you I suppose like the vision classic authors have.I like the way they picture things in their work.In modern books you see the same attributes like in most works. There are too many mysteries that are similar with one another.
    I believe that The Prince is his greatest work. I didn’t read it but I think I read a comedy from him (I can’t remember the name of the play, though).
    Yeah, authors of classics have great power of expressing their thoughts. I mean, their sentences are out of this world. I think that modern literature tries to simplify art of writing when I compare some classics with today bestseller books.
     
         

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    Words are pure magic, at least for me. When I sit down and start to read I’m not in my room anymore. Maybe it sounds so cliché but I don’t know how to explain that. The similar thing happens to me when I am writing. I can live lives of my characters, I can feel their emotions, I can be any of them… I don’t want to sound creepy but words can give you power to be in the world hidden between lines of letters. And I can’t experience that when I am watching a film.
    No, I completely get that. You get immersed into the story the same way I do if I watch a really good movie. I have many big books that I want to read this summer, or at least over the course of the next 9 months. I'm planning on reading Don Quijote and all the Game of Thrones books except for the first two.

    I wish I could get immersed like that when I write though. I really love stories, and I want to make my own, but I'm having a hard time getting the imagination going.
     
         

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    No, I completely get that. You get immersed into the story the same way I do if I watch a really good movie. I have many big books that I want to read this summer, or at least over the course of the next 9 months. I'm planning on reading Don Quijote and all the Game of Thrones books except for the first two.

    I wish I could get immersed like that when I write though. I really love stories, and I want to make my own, but I'm having a hard time getting the imagination going.
    You mean A song of Ice and Fire books series? I read first three books few years ago. I'm too lazy to start to watch TV series and I'm little afraid that I'm going to be disappointed. It is true that I read too much, but 6 books for 9 months? Only? A song of Ice and Fire is not hard to read, you can finish all books in three weeks. I read Game of Thrones in two days.

    Oh, I wrote three novels, well, four if I exclude Silence, my novel that I destroyed and many, many short stories, poems, essays. Sometimes I'm not sure where I am because of my imagination. You have to be a character 24 hours a day if you want to give him/her a life. And if you want to write you need to read, to learn constantly. Writing your own story is really beautiful, but you can't just sit and start writing. Imagination is the smallest problem... you need to find your own style, you need to create your own sentence. Writing is really tyrannical job but it is also only thing in world that give me pleasure.
    If you try to write seriously you need to work hard and to spend lot of time just in the world of writing, world of literature.
     
         

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    You mean A song of Ice and Fire books series? I read first three books few years ago. I'm too lazy to start to watch TV series and I'm little afraid that I'm going to be disappointed. It is true that I read too much, but 6 books for 9 months? Only? A song of Ice and Fire is not hard to read, you can finish all books in three weeks. I read Game of Thrones in two days.

    Oh, I wrote three novels, well, four if I exclude Silence, my novel that I destroyed and many, many short stories, poems, essays. Sometimes I'm not sure where I am because of my imagination. You have to be a character 24 hours a day if you want to give him/her a life. And if you want to write you need to read, to learn constantly. Writing your own story is really beautiful, but you can't just sit and start writing. Imagination is the smallest problem... you need to find your own style, you need to create your own sentence. Writing is really tyrannical job but it is also only thing in world that give me pleasure.
    If you try to write seriously you need to work hard and to spend lot of time just in the world of writing, world of literature.
    Yes, those. Well, it's a bit harder to read when I can't read it in my first language, which slows things down a lot, plus I'm not really a fast reader in my own language either. So it takes some time. I finished the first book in about a week or so, if I remember correctly. I've got Don Quijote in Norwegian though, so I can get through that one quicker, if I get hooked.

    I can definitely understand a lot of your points. It must really suck having a writer's block and stuff like that as well.
     
         

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    Yes, those. Well, it's a bit harder to read when I can't read it in my first language, which slows things down a lot, plus I'm not really a fast reader in my own language either. So it takes some time. I finished the first book in about a week or so, if I remember correctly. I've got Don Quijote in Norwegian though, so I can get through that one quicker, if I get hooked.

    I can definitely understand a lot of your points. It must really suck having a writer's block and stuff like that as well.
    I see... But I hope you'll enjoy in reading.

    Yeah... Days like that are the worst... especially for young people who are trying to become writers. But, sooner or later you get used to that.
     
         

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    I see... But I hope you'll enjoy in reading.

    Yeah... Days like that are the worst... especially for young people who are trying to become writers. But, sooner or later you get used to that.
    Me too! ^^

    That I believe. It might be a bit discouraging.
     
         

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    I read them both, my list of favorite novels is a mixture of modern & classics.
     
         

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    I rarely read modern stuff. Except for Harry Potter and some Dan Brown books etc.Most of the so called bestsellers nowadays are crappy. The word bestseller to me means a warning not to read that book...Seen a trailer of Twilight. Seen the movie Veronica decides to die I was like wtf
    Sometimes I hear people talk about books like 50 shades of grey, I see crappy Coelho quotes and that makes me sick.
    Jeez I'm really annoyed by today's popular books. Now I'm pissed -_-
    But of course I like 20th century classics and Nobel prize-winners like Camus, Böll.
    And I'll give a chance to Stephen King when I feel ready ...
     
         
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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Kobak~ View Post
    I rarely read modern stuff. Except for Harry Potter and some Dan Brown books etc.Most of the so called bestsellers nowadays are crappy. The word bestseller to me means a warning not to read that book...Seen a trailer of Twilight. Seen the movie Veronica decides to die I was like wtf
    Sometimes I hear people talk about books like 50 shades of grey, I see crappy Coelho quotes and that makes me sick.
    Jeez I'm really annoyed by today's popular books. Now I'm pissed -_-
    But of course I like 20th century classics and Nobel prize-winners like Camus, Böll.
    And I'll give a chance to Stephen King when I feel ready ...
    Somehow I knew that you don't like modern day literature. But you have to admit that some modern day books are good...I mean, not all of them are crappy.
    But I'm surprised that you liked Harry Potter. What about today most popular epic fantasy novels A song of Ice and Fire?
    Hmm, I'm ashamed to admit but I don't know what is Veronica decides to die
    Camus is great writer, I really enjoyed reading The Stranger. However I've never read anything from Böll.
    Last day in a train I saw my old teacher and he was reading something from Stephen King and he highly recommended me to start reading his books, so I think I’m gonna buy a book and start reading it soon.
     
         

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Mokusei View Post
    Somehow I knew that you don't like modern day literature. But you have to admit that some modern day books are good...I mean, not all of them are crappy.
    But I'm surprised that you liked Harry Potter. What about today most popular epic fantasy novels A song of Ice and Fire?
    Hmm, I'm ashamed to admit but I don't know what is Veronica decides to die
    Camus is great writer, I really enjoyed reading The Stranger. However I've never read anything from Böll.
    Last day in a train I saw my old teacher and he was reading something from Stephen King and he highly recommended me to start reading his books, so I think I’m gonna buy a book and start reading it soon.
    Never heard of A song of ice and fire...and never will read that muhahaha

    Veronica decides to die is a Coelho-novel...I saw only the movie but the novel can't be any better...meh...
     
         

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    Old 4 me, Faerie Queene & Paradise Lost me likee...though some of Russell's Essays r not bad either
     
         

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