The last time I told that to a guy he got super judgey with me about it but then his favorite turned out to be the novelization of a video game (Halo I think). A good match we were not.
I was at a lecture awhile back where the professor talked about how Jane Austen is one of the few literary authors that is still read for pleasure and how that hurts her in a lot of literary circles. He taught a Jane Austen course at a university and other professors would make fun of his class to their students because they were teaching “real literature” while he was teaching “chick lit”. He also talked about her upswing in popularity in the mid to late 90′s and how there has been a subsequent backlash where people are less willing to claim that they like her. And it was only when he said that that I realized I had done similar to myself. I love Jane Austen but I have been less proud to admit that in recent years.
Perhaps I wanted my favorite book to be something less cliche and well-known and “girly”? I mean I love The Things They Carried or Catch-22 or Ender’s Game for their portrayal of military life that has resonated with me on a deeper level throughout the years. I adore Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man or Isaac Asimov’s Azazel both are full of these amazing, thought-provoking, short stories that have continued to impact me decades after I read them. Great Expectations will always be dear to my heart for the things it taught me about self-acceptance, the nature of wealth, and the importance of true relationships (all things I don’t always see when I try to reread it). Lord of the Rings, Captain’s Courageous, Dune, The Alchemist, Jane Eyre, Count of Monte Cristo, are all great books that I could call my favorite that would make me sound “cooler” I guess? But they aren’t my favorite.
Pride and Prejudice is a novel I keep coming back to every couple of years. I check in with the characters and with myself. When I first read it I remember being as shocked as Elizabeth at Darcy’s proposal and Wickham’s perfidy and I rolled around in the angst of the unrequited feelings and the misunderstandings. This was a love story for the ages! But then I came to it again in college and found myself nodding along to Charlotte Lucas and reveling in the examination of matrimony as a strategic life choice and the theme of equal and unequal marriage. And what exactly changed Elizabeth’s feelings anyway? I have, at various times, hated, loved and felt indifferent toward Lydia. My concept of Darcy has evolved as my concept of myself and my own introversion has become clearer. In short every time I read Pride and Prejudice I not only enjoy the story but somehow find an entirely new angle from which to enjoy it. And it’s that continued presence and importance in my life that makes it my favorite.
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Honestly I’m so proud of fob for having the courage to put something so different out there. The last time they did they were literally booed off stage for it, and were faced with so much backlash that it only aided in their choice for a hiatus. And if that happens again because some people don’t understand what crossing the line is, boy am I gonna be PISSED.
Hey you, it’s really good to see you, I’ve got so much to tell you, But you should know, I’m doing fine
Hey you, had a story to tell you But honestly, I can’t even remember Really doesn’t matter
Never seen you this happy, Never seen you so peaceful Even though you can’t hold me Hurts you, hurts me, that you’re here
And when the days are getting dark, nights are getting hard I see you And when I laugh until I cry, I don’t even know why I feel you
Hey you, Funny thing, I found that old t-shirt We’d thought you’d lost it, it’s still the softest You know it made me put on your favorite Radiohead song It took me back to, when we were driving, down Laurel Canyon Too fast, you know you never slowed down
Final days were the hardest, I didn’t think they would be your last Hope you know I forgive you, give anything to get them back But know that everything’s okay, I’m doing okay without you I know you had to go away, I’ll tell you everyday, I miss you.
Hey you, I know you always like to get the last words in Before you go, you should know I love you more I said so