Do works hated in adolescence improve with age?
August 8, 2014 § 2 Comments
Carson McCullers, The Member of the Wedding – read it when I was 16. I remember my entire junior Honors English class despising this one. One classmate even confessed that he cheered the death of one character because he was so sick of reading about him.
George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss – read it when I was 17. While I enjoyed Silas Marner when we had to read it my sophomore year, I disliked this book so much that I believe I actually dropkicked my paperback copy across my bedroom. Yes, I did do that.
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged – read when I had just finished grad school after years of hearing others talk about it in passing. I recall finding myself appalled at several points, but I was by novel’s end so benumbed that I can only vaguely recall what it was about.
So…any of these appear on any of your literary “hate” lists? If so, why?