Classics time!!

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Middlemarch by George Eliot ⇒

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TheLittleMisfit says:

This video is great! I am actually trying to make my way through Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. I am playing the role of Eponine in my college production of it and they want us all to read it. It is a monster of a book but breaking it down, as you also have, I find I’m A LOT less terrified of it.

I think that you make another great point in saying that the book isn’t going anywhere. I think that with booktube there is a pressure to read as much as you can as fast as you can. I feel that it is important to remember that we read because we enjoy the experience not the race.

Sasha Banks #boss says:

For some reason I could not get into pride and prejudice 🙁 I will not give up on the classics, though. I’m interested in Charles Dickens works.

Jasmine Foo says:

Please do more videos on classic literature!! I don’t usually watch booktubers but I love your channel because of how high quality it is!! Especially your videos on classic literature!!

Suchabookaholic says:

I have to read The Portrait of a Lady and Moby Dick for school, they are pretty intimidating so I think I’ll really need your tips 🙂

Megan B says:

Some great advice. It’s a shame I can’t take my time to read the classics for college though. :/

Shelley Lawrence says:

That’s exactly how I read my classics-I read X amount of chapters per day and read something else also.

Ben Babcock says:

I think I love reading classics for much the same reason I love reading science fiction: the setting and story are often totally divorced from my quotidian experiences, and that can be very relaxing. With Middlemarch, for example, being set in an English village on the eve of the Reform Act … that’s totally outside the scope of my life. So I can just sit back and study the characters and enjoy their interactions. I love luxuriating in the rich connections to history and hearing the author address us so directly on so many issues.

You can ignore this paragraph until after you’ve finished reading! 😀 I loved Middlemarch, declaring it “my favourite Victorian novel” when I first read it (but then The Mill in the Floss came along, and Middlemarch and I had to have a talk). I just love the way Eliot so skilfully folds multiple characters’ perspectives and motivations into a single story.

You’ve given some great tips! When it comes to doing research for Victorian literature, I recommend It’s maintained entirely by scholars of the Victorians, but I find most of the articles, etc., are still accessible even if one is not all that academic. By far its best feature, however, is its simple layout and excellent organization. You can quickly find anything, from author bios to explanations of obscure science facts.

Tom Ruffles says:

Everybody should read Middlemarch, so a good one to promote, especially when attention spans seem to be shrinking. But I found the constant jump-cuts in your presentation distracting and probably unnecessary, unless you are a lot less fluent than you appear, and needed heavy editing

Tania Elizabeth says:

These are things that I try to do, but it’s wonderful to see someone say ‘hey, that’s okay!’ It took me 2 and a half years to read War and Peace, and I still really enjoyed it in spite of putting it down, picking it up, reading other books at the same time, etc. I often find it better to read large classics on kindle as it makes them feel less cumbersome and being able to up the font size to something reasonable makes it feel like I’m actually moving through pages, rather than being stuck on one page for a good 20 minutes! This was a wonderful video, thank you! 🙂

18M VIEWS says:

that accent though

Alexa Loves Books says:

Love this video! I’m always intimidated by classics (it’s usually the length and the language that get to me), so it was really cool to hear all your tips. I’m gonna definitely try some of your ideas (like the chapter goals, which sounds super helpful)!

Elvire Au Rouge says:

I really liked your video! You gave us really good advices! I tend to put pressure on myself when I read a book and specially a classic like “I have to finish it in a week or so” and most of the time, it just stopped me because it’s mostly unrealistic… I will try your way and try to stop pressuring myself because reading has to be a pleasure.
Plus as a non native in English, I really love your accent 🙂

The Heist says:

I have read les miserables and my copy has 1347 pages or something like that

Linda W says:

Oh, thank goodness you said that it takes you a while to read Jane Austen! I though I was the only one. Emma seems to be taking forever for me to finish.

Aidan Doyle says:

You should talk about “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens.

Shriya Kher says:

can you please do a video recommending classics for beginners?

Anthony Andrews says:

Thanks so much for making this video Lucy, I love this video. I don’t really read many classics and I definitely want to read them now!

greenobeeno1 says:

Something else about classics that may help new readers who are intimidated: Just read the first chapter and read up on the book afterwards. Often the research I do after one chapter gives me the inspiration and drive to continue. And don’t feel like you’re cheating if you skip over some lengthy prose as long as you understand the themes and points the work is making.

Hannah Billie Perry says:

Love this video! I haven’t read a classic since I left university – might have to dig one out in the next couple of days now!

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Kahmoj says:

I’m reading the Scarlet goddamned Letter. I’m 70 pages in. It needs to be done in around 3 weeks.

coal4k says:

Have you read Franz Kafka yet? He’s the greatest writer who has ever lived.

Sophia_ Galaxy 17 says:

Is Jane Eyre hard to read/understand? I’m planning to read it

JAsmine Ong says:

can u recommend some of your favorite classics? 🙂

The Book Castle says:

Love this video! I love classics 😀 And I do most of these, especially reading about the book while reading, I feel like that really helps 🙂

Duncan Curry says:

I love your video but why so many cuts? It gets sort of annoying once you notice it

Catherine Laister-Smith says:

I’d love to see a video of some of the classics you’d recommend, particularly to people who are fairly new to older books! : )

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Edwing cr says:

i love the classics… salutes from Venezuela¡

Ana Carolina Maciel says:

What a great video, I loved your tips! 🙂

Julia Sapphire says:

Great video! So hopeful and insightful thanks 🙂 x

Katie Evans says:

Hi! Love your videos! I was wondering if you’ve ever read The Good Earth; it’s a favorite classic of mine but I never hear anyone talk about it. And the advice about giving yourself time is very true…. it took me four years to read Pride and Prejudice because I constantly picked it up and put it back down, but that’s okay. At the end, what important is that your reading.

Liz Widner says:

Great video! Thank you for this! I’ve always wanted to read more classics, but I was always intimidated because I had a hard time understanding Pride & Prejudice in high school. Now that I’m 26, I’m ready to give it another go!

Charlottesreadsthings says:

Even as someone who enjoys certain classics (charles dickens being a favourite) and having done a degree in English Literature, I still find them intimidating. Your tip of reading a chapter a day is a really good idea!

readingistherapy says:

Thank you, this Video was so so helpful 🙂

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