Classic novels tell better stories

Alyssa Thayer, Staff Writer

While classic books can be harder to read, they enrich the minds of the reader in ways newer books cannot.

If a reader is looking for something to improve their reading level or vocabulary, newer books are the lesser option. Classic novels have words that aren’t used as often today, resulting in teaching readers more vocabulary. 

Most novels in today’s age, specifically romance novels, have a simpler reading level. While that makes it more enjoyable for some to read in their free time, it also means the plot is simpler. 

More complex plots typically exist in the classic novels, which in the end can be more fun to read. Most of these have also been turned into movies, proving their worth in modern entertainment. 

Modern romance novels can be fun to read, but they are the equivalent of fast food for readers. They are quick, convenient, and look good, but are bad for the reader on the inside. These books aren’t adding any knowledge – they only give romance lovers false ideas of what modern love can consist of. These novels are typically extremely unrealistic, unlike most classics. 

The vast majority of notable books are the classic ones. Newer books don’t offer as much as the old ones. 

Books such as Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird, or even Frankenstein are known among many, even nonreaders. There aren’t as many books written today that are as famous.

Today’s literature not living up to the same fame as yesterday’s can arguably be a result of time, but can also be because of the quality of what is written. If certain novels today were so special, they would be talked about a lot more, even in English classes. 

While George Orwell’s Animal Farm, written in 1949, is newer as well as studied in school, it is still old enough to be considered a classic. 

Overall, classic books are more intelligent and noteworthy than the books written today.