This is the first Wednesday of the month of November so it is that time again. For those of you not familiar with Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group, please visit his blog and check it out.
I almost forgot that today was the day because I have been frantically busy with NaNo as I decided to participate at the very last minute. So my IWSG post will be short, but nonetheless it is something I am afraid to share with all of you. I am even worried that I will catch a lot of backlash after this post.
My Insecurity today is more about my insecurity as a reader than a writer, but it all ties together. Okay, here goes.
It seems to me that all good writers are also lovers of the literature classics. I am not and I fear that this will make me look like a less talented writer in your eyes. I do not dislike all of the classics , in fact I have enjoyed reading a great many of them. However, there are a great number of titles that I have read (mostly because they were assigned reading material at some point in my life.
Here is a list of some of the classics of literature that I struggled to finish, that failed to capture my attention or dazzle me. I have never shared this with anyone. Having been an honor student in college and law school it would have been a disgrace for me to tell anyone that these books not only did not due it for me, but actually finishing each of them was worse than a triple root canal- without the gas.
They are in no particular order of bad to worse.
- Great Expectations (without a doubt the most miserable reading experience I've have).
- War and Peace
- Moby Dick
- Foucauit's Pendulum
- The Waste Land (and other T.S. Elliot poems.
- Naked Lunch
- The Illad and Odyssey of Homer
- The Old Man and the Sea
- Wuthering Heights
- The Sound and the Fury (and I graduated from Ole Miss-How can I not like this book)
I am not completely void of a love for the classics. There are quite a few that I actually loved.
- The Great Gatsby
- Catcher in the Rye
- Lord of the Flies
- Gone With the Wind
- Uncle Tom's Cabin
- To Kill a Mockingbird
I am sure there are more that I love and more that I did not love, but the ones listed are those that came to my mind rather easily.
Perhaps I was too young when I read those that I struggled to finish...No. I just did not like them.
So I am insecure about my lack or literary sophistication.