Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week is about the books I changed my mind about over the years.
- Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene: As I grew up, I realized Nancy Drew is a bit of Mary Sue–but that doesn’t keep me from loving her, anyway.
- Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis: I still love it, but I realized when I was older that there really isn’t much going on, plot-wise.
- Hamlet by William Shakespeare: I vaguely enjoyed Shakespeare’s tragedies while in high school, but didn’t fully appreciate Shakespeare as a playwright until I saw Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet.
- Emma by Jane Austen: I didn’t like Emma until I saw Romola Garai’s portrayal of her–young and light-hearted, rather than malicious.
- Some of C. S. Lewis’s nonfiction: It’s hard to overlook some of his statements on women that do sound a little sexist. I’m sorry, Lewis. I like you. I really do. But I am offended.
- Some of G. K. Chesterton’s work: I enjoy his Father Brown mysteries and some of his other work, but I am confused as to why no one ever mentions his clear anti-Semitism. Ignoring it doesn’t make it go away.
- The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas: I didn’t know for awhile that Dumas’s grandmother was an African woman and a slave, or that he experienced racism. He wrote Georges, set in Mauritius, which addresses race in a way many of his other works do not.