How to Find the Right Classic for You

by , Thursday December 11, 2014
How to Find the Right Classic for You

These fab reads will never go out of style, so go ahead and challenge yourself!

 

No matter how much of a bookworm you are, classic literature can always be a bit daunting - conjuring up images of uninspiring English lessons, dusty old tomes and teeny-tiny print. But the oldies have so much more to offer! They've captivated countless generations of readers for their inventive takes on universal themes, bold plots and stunning manipulation of the English language. 

 

But which classic to go for? If you're a fan of YA literature, we've made this totally pain-free with this fab list of recommendations based on your fave YA books. It's mainly spoiler-free, but if you haven't read or watched 'The Fault in Our Stars' yet, you might want to avoid number five.

 

 

1. If you like James Dashner’s ‘The Maze Runner’, you’ll love…

 

'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding

Why? Just like in Dashner's novel, a group of young boys find themselves stranded in a hostile environment, this time on a desert island after a plane crash. Away from civilisation, the boys attempt to maintain their own fractious social order, with devastating consequences. An action-packed and haunting exploration of the dark side of human nature.

 

2. If you like Rick Riordan's 'Heroes of Olympus' series, you'll love...

 

‘The Odyssey’ by Homer

Why? It’s the mythology you love, passed down through millenia. Don’t be put off by the fact it’s written in verse, this glorious translation sparkles with life and is just dying to be read out loud. Fans of monsters, witchs, and epic adventure -this is for you.

 

 

3. If you like ‘The Hunger Games’, you’ll love…

 

'Nineteen Eighty-Four' by George Orwell

Why? Orwell's 1948 novel is perhaps more relevant today than ever before. Like 'The Hunger Games', this novel depicts an oppressive, totalitarian government that totally warps public perception of current events with intense propaganda, and keeps a beady eye on its citizens. Thought Panem was bad? It's got nothing on Airstrip One...

 

 

4. If you like Scott Westerfeld's ‘Uglies’ series, you’ll love…

'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley

Why? One of the first ever science-fiction novels explores the deceptive nature of appearances and the social ostracism one can face for daring to be different, just like Westerfeld's work. It's also the classic horror story and if that's not enough of an incentive for you, a film adaptation with an absolutely killer (pardon the pun) cast, lead by the lovely Daniel Radcliffe and featuring Sherlock's Mycroft AND Moriarty, is slated for release next Autumn.

 

5. [SPOILER ALERT] If you like ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, you’ll love...

 

'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare

Why? The title of John Green's weep-fest is inspired by the line "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings"; from another Shakespeare play -'Julius Caesar'. So clearly the author is a bit of a fanboy for the Bard. But TFIOS most significantly resonates with 'Romeo and Juliet'. Both works follow ill-fated young lovers, who are torn apart by forces beyond their control, and both feature some of the most devastatingly romantic chat-up lines ever put to paper.

 

 

6. If you like Stephanie Meyer's 'Twilight', you’ll love…

 

'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Bronte

Why? If you fell for Edward Cullen's brooding demeanour and otherworldly mystery, you'll be utterly fascinating by Heathcliff. Sure, he's no vampire but Mr. Cullen pales in comparison to the all-consuming passion displayed by Heathcliff for his childhood sweetheart Cathy.  The relationship between Heathcliff and Cathy is also much darker than Twilight's love story, exploring the demonising effects of thwarted romance.

 

 

What are your favourite classics? Are you tackling any challenging reads? Let us know in the comments!

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