They’re called classics because everyone likes them, right? Well maybe it’s just the rebel in me that says “Fuqqqq dat.” I have always had a problem with someone telling me to like something just because everyone else does. Music. Films. Art. Books.
I’m not an uncultured swine or anything. I read, I paint and appreciate art, I’m big on films, and yes, I get made fun of because I call them “films” instead of “movies.” But I don’t believe that things are better because they’re old. I don’t buy in to “tested and true.” If I’m ordering something off Amazon, I read the reviews of course, but that doesn’t apply to culture. If I like it, I like it. I don’t care if Shakespeare wrote it. That’s like only buying a purse because it’s Louis Vuitton. It’s still hideous even if the label is in French.
So I propose we throw away the old ideas of what literature or art should be, and we compose our own list of new “classics.” This is mine. And I highly encourage you to reply with your own. I love to share things I’m passionate about, and maybe I’ll acquire new favorites from you.
“Outrageous Fortune” and “Love in the Time of Fridges” by Tim Scott
I love Science Fiction books, and these are sciency, mixed with a humor that works for me.
“Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card
DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT judge this book based on the movie. That was such a disappointment and I assure you the book is not.
“The Hunger Games,” “Catching Fire,” and NOT “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins
If you haven’t already read this series, I don’t know what you’ve been doing…
Anything by John Green
More specifically “The Fault in Our Stars,” “Looking for Alaska,” “Paper Towns,” and “An Abundance of Katherines.” John Green is just my soul sister. I can’t even. TFioS made me unbelievably sad in the best way. He has a way with words that in my opinion is unmatched.
“House of Leaves” by Mark Danielewski
This book is a mess quite literally. It will have you flipping your book in all directions trying to read mixed up print and make sense of craziness. But it’s probably the most haunting book I’ve ever read. You’ll find yourself staring into the darkness just a little bit longer…
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky
Sad and relatable and emotional and just read it.
“Go Ask Alice” by Anonymous
An old diary-type, true and anonymous book about drug use and growing up. I think I read it like 4 times.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
There are just so many quotes from this one that I insisted on making my buddy info and away messages for like forever. I don’t even like Jim Carrey, but trust me on this one.
Just. So. Good.
500 Days of Summer
JGL is just… I can’t.
American History X
I don’t even know what to say. Its gripping, offensive, redeeming, shocking.
Because Tom Hardy. Bye.
Guillermo del Toro is a genius. ‘Nuff said.
So weird and strange and sad and perfect.
Because not every option has to be deep, okay? Best one-liners in the history of ever.
V for Vendetta
Everyone loves a bald Natalie Portman.
I can’t even tell you how much I cried.
Bon Iver’s “For Emma, Long Ago” Album
I did yoga to this whole album for all of college. It doesn’t get old.
Everything Brand New Ever Released
I’m a little emo kid. Sue me.
The Lumineers’ Self-Titled Album
I keep thinking I’ll tire of this. I don’t.
Say Anything’s “…Is A Real Boy” Album
Sure it’s old as hell, but I still don’t dislike a single song on it.
Noah Gundersen’s “Family” Album
Try to hate it, go ahead.
Yeah that is a painting, not a photo.
Again, painting. Not photo. Blows my mind.
Single-handedly taught me to use color in oil painting.
These are my new “classics.” Share yours with me!