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Discovering the Literary Genre That’s Right for You

May 1st, 2018 | Posted by Editor in Literature - (Comments Off on Discovering the Literary Genre That’s Right for You)

Let’s say you’ve just started reading and haven’t got a clue as to where your interest lies. Maybe you find all genres attractive but you still want to find out which one is your favorite. Perhaps they all are? Well, this is definitely possible sometimes but not always. Mostly, people really do have their own favorite genre. It might take a couple of books before you actually realize what you want to read, but once you’ve found your genre, there’s definitely no stopping you!

Most likely you’ve just started reading since you haven’t found your favorite genre yet. That’s okay. We’re here to help you!

Here are a few ways to find your favorite genre:

1. Read Summaries
You can’t find your favorite genre until you’ve read other genres. You won’t have to spend your time reading about every single genre there is. Trust me, there’s a lot. All you have to do is to read a couple of summaries. Summaries are not only easier to read, they also give you the perfect view of whether you like a specific genre or not.

2. Follow Authors
When it comes to movies, people definitely have their favorite directors. Now what about those people who take pleasure in reading? Shouldn’t they have their favorite author? Sadly, some people only appreciate what other’s work without recognizing the master behind it. There are a lot of tough choices out there. Following an author will give you a greater peak into the specific genre they stand behind.

3. Look at structures
Admire the structure of the book and not just the story. The story is very important but there are more things to put in mind when it comes to books aside from a story. There is a clear difference when people tell a story and when people read one. The people who tell stories usually want you to believe their version of the story following every word they say. When it comes to reading, it is entirely different. How the author writes the book directly impacts the way you perceive it. Trust me, some of us have really colorful imaginations and this is the magic of reading.

4. Read more
Basically just continue reading. It is okay to read a bad book or uninteresting book every once in a while. The important thing is that you get to read good books too! Books are the backbone of learning. Although people can learn verbally by choice of hearing, there are some things that have to be read in order for people to experience the full potential of their wildest imaginations.

Not everyone is the same when it comes to their genre. One thing that we all know as a fact though is that life is too short for bad books.

Improving Your Literary Taste Through the Classics

May 1st, 2018 | Posted by Editor in Literature - (Comments Off on Improving Your Literary Taste Through the Classics)

Nothing beats reading a classical book. When it comes to art and literature, we tend to become attracted with just the surface of the whole artistic world. What we read today is just a fraction of literary beauty and it is definitely true that to get something you want, you must ask for more. A peculiar theory that has turned out to be quite effective is that to get what you want, you must ask for a little more.

It may seem a bit bizarre if you think about it because how on earth is it possible for you to be able to get what you want by extending an extra mile since you’ve gone way past it? The theory comes from the saying “practice makes perfect” this saying has been accepted for a long period of time without question or second thoughts but then a somewhat ignorant but shocking response suddenly emerged.

The response goes like this, “but nobody is perfect, so why practice?” this sort of shocked people and some of them even digested this without hesitation. Thankfully, somebody came up with a response for this absurd question. The answer is “nobody is perfect and that is why you should aim for perfect because if you aim for perfect, you will miss the mark. You will end up becoming excellent.” This is why the word excellence is most commonly used in the academe instead of the word perfect.

Anyway, what does this have to do with classical literature? The thing about classical literature is that it is one step further than your average reading. There are so many things that make classical literature literally difficult to understand. You have to put into mind the setting, culture, and so many other factors when it comes to classical literature. Not everybody is comfortable reading something they can’t relate with but that is the real challenge, to be able to learn about something without having much in common.

This is why they say that reading broadens the mind. The more you read, the more you learn about different cultures, practices, and different people. Isn’t that why you started reading in the first place? To be able to travel, live, or observe another life? Classical literature may not be your common cup of tea, but if you don’t shock your taste buds every once in a while, you won’t be able to improve them.

Who on earth likes eating fried chicken for the rest of their lives, right? Improving your taste in literature means going beyond your boundaries and trying something new which is why classical literature is something you should try to read. Not only will the vocabulary and the setting of the books shock you, it will also help you understand as to how society functions. Despite culture, human beings haven’t actually changed that much.

The basic traits human beings used to possess back then are most likely the same traits people possess right now. Sort of like the saying, you usually meet the same people with different names and places. This is why meeting somebody different for the first time is very important to us. This is the same with books. Try something new. Although classical literature is hard to understand, just try it. Who knows what type of gold you’ll find.