♥ I know this is a very controversial topic, so just know that these are my opinions!
As a senior in high school, I've read Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Crime and Punishment, and many more classics. I've listened to my classmates go on so many tangents whenever we're to read these old books for a paper or a project. I know that classics have set the base for so many of the modern stories we love today (YA!), but I feel like they're not relevant to modern society. I'm a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice and I adore the movie, but do most teenagers enjoy reading it? Truthfully, not many do. And while I think that's a crying shame, there's nothing we can do about it because most teenagers are so used to reading books with Twilight or Hunger Games-esque dialogue and narration. Many classics are told with narration that sometimes puts even me to sleep.
I know that teachers love to make their students read classics because it helps them to gain insight on all of the different writing styles throughout history. But is it really beneficial to the students if they don't give a crap about what they're reading? And what if they don't understand the contextual meanings, the symbolic meanings? Those are both integral parts of classics, and if they don't understand it, well, here comes a bad test grade.
I - as you all probably know - love, love, love modern YA, so much that I've sworn to always read the genre no matter how old I get. Dedication, right? I asked my friends if given the choice between a classic and a modern YA book, which they would pick.
More than 75% picked modern YA.
Now, what does that tell you? Students should be allowed to read books that have all of the literary double-meanings that classics have. I don't think classics should be completely taken off the grid, just the ones that are too complex and whose context include nothing more than incessant stream-of-consciousness (I'm talking to you, As The Sun Also Rises!) because, frankly, those types of books put me to sleep faster than a Pre-Cal lecture.
~ What is your opinion on the topic?