So there are those Literary Giants we all hear about or have to read in school. Poe, Hemingway, Dickens, Chaucer. The list can go on and on. But here’s the question of the day, kids. How many of them do you actually like? How many of them do you actually find yourself enjoying reading for the sake of reading them? For me, I’ll have to admit, many of these authors I can appreciate after I’ve read the whole book, but while reading it, is something of a different story. Dickens is a great example of this. I love Dickens, his books are one of the few of the classic authors that I can really dig into after reading and catch all the little snips and hints and connections that he littered through-out the story. Great Expectations in particular is a book I loved to go back into and tear apart for all these. But my first time reading through it? I thought it was… alright, I guess. Same with his other books, the first time I read it, I’m only so-so about it but if I dive back into it, that’s when I start loving it. The opposite of this for me, just an author who I loved to read just for the sheer joy of reading him, was Mark Twain. Great characters, great dialogue and the guy is just fun to read. If you’ve only read Tom Sawyer, then you’ve really just only scratched the surface of what he can do. My personal favorites of his are The Frog of Calaveras County and A Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Great stuff, both of them. That’s really just two examples, other greats I enjoy are Chaucer (I’ve only read parts of the Canterbury Tales, but any author who can convince English professor’s across the world that fart and sex jokes are High-Brow Literature is fan-****ing-tastic in my view) and of course Dumas. The Count of Monte Cristo has had so many different stories basically ripping off of it and it remains the best of the lot to this day. So what are some of the Literary Classics that you guys think truly are Classic? And which ones are really just hacks that wouldn’t be able to make it in this day and age?