You might have noticed that I’ve been doing this whole Movie Education thing for a while to try and expand my pitiful cinematic horizons beyond what my nerd upbringing provided. I have this idea that it’s going to be good for me when I go back to directing this summer, but for now, that’s pure theory. I might still be a wanker. Well, ok, I’ll definitely still be a wanker, but we’ll have to see if I’m a more practiced…oh, never mind. We’re talking about books, today.
Trying to do a Literary Education project like I’ve been doing for movies would be a fool’s errand. I’m a fast reader, but it would still take too much time for it to be a serious focus. Still, I’d like to get outside of the genres, books and authors with which I’m comfortable and to get out into a wider world. But where to start?
What I’m saying is I need some help.
My mom actually got me going with this, suggesting I pick up some Jane Austen, both because it’s a free download and because I’m apparently a neanderthal heathen for not having ever read anything she’s written. She suggested I start with either Pride and Prejudice (shock!) or Persuasion. Thoughts?
Whichever way I go, though, it’s a start in a direction I need to take. My reading history is inconsistant. I’ve read piles of some stuff (Epic poetry! Greek drama! All the fantasy books!) and almost nothing in other areas (Anything you’d read in a Western Lit class! And shut up, I was a terrible student.).
So this is where I ask for some suggestions. I can’t promise when I’ll get to anything suggested, but I will get there, and I’ll appreciate all of it.
Let me help to focus your mind. I mean, I’ll take any suggestions at all, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the awesome books you’ve read, think, perhaps, about what was formative to you. Something that opened your mind to new genres, cultures or modes of thought. Maybe something that influenced your own style or interests, or that gave you an appreciation for something you used to hate. It can be modern or ancient. Fiction or non. Verse or prose. Sky’s the limit.
Make me a better reader. I dare you.