I want to know- when did we stop respecting classics???
I have seen so many reviews for classic books on Goodreads where they have been given really low ratings, people have complained that they are verbose, melodramatic, boring! I am so sick of this trend towards ignorance! Okay, language back then wasn't as pared down as it is now, but that's a good thing! Do we want to have a world like in Orwell's 1984, where we are constantly shrinking down the dictionary?! Well, I guess some people do!
And as for melodrama, I've read some of the YA crap that gets churned out nowadays, and it's terribly melodramatic, and not even for a good reason! Life and death problems abandoned for problems like boyfriends and going to the prom!
I could go on forever about all the ignorant comments I have heard people make about classic books, books that have stood the test of time. I really hope that some of the modern crap people read these days don't become the new classics in a less and less literate society!!!