It's no secret that I love the classics. I can't help it, I just prefer the way stories of old were told. It's a personal preference, and I know not everyone feels that way. In fact, I wish I liked new books more because then I could see what made them bestsellers.
One genre I really skipped was "horror" of old because I'm a big chicken. However, as I've gotten older, I've developed a taste for the macabre. (I did read "The Phantom of the Opera" which is as scary as I got.) It doesn't scare me nearly so much and I've grown to like the sensation of fear. Experts say it's the closest feeling to happiness. (Go figure -- I suppose that's why Horror movies are so popular, but I'm not going that route -- only in books.)
So I'm currently reading "Frankenstein" and the thing I love abou this book is that Mary Shelley and her friends (Percy Shelley and Lord Byron) held a contest to come up with the "best ghost story" and this was her contribution. Not bad for a teenager, huh? As I get ready to embark on a weekend with writers for a brainstorming session, it reminds me what being in the company of good writers can do for a person of words. Does anyone out there still read the classics?
Oh, and next up, Dracula. Which I hear I can't read at night like I can Frankenstein. We shall see.