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    Hello i started reading laughter in the dark but I feel like the book may not be appropriate for me I like his writing style but the book is for a much older reader I am not a fun of romance I first read the first pages I liked the writing style but later on I found out it is inapproprite. Is there ny author with concise writing style or who does good description but not rambling on. Certainly not Dickens or Austen they are not my cup of tea I detest romantic books. i like books which flow and not ramble on but I like some beautiful description which I found with hg wells however the time machine was a bit too science fiction I like fiction i can read some science fiction but not too much. I am sticking too classics only this year

    I like books about life nothing too adventureous. I liked little women because the idea of the book was simple about life and it was realistic some authors think that crime and mystery novels make a book however i think makign something plain magical and interesting makes the book. Does anyone have advice I also liked secret garden and little princess i just began reading classics recently I tried virginia woolf however her books are a bit bizare I tried wilkie colins however moonstone is a romance book. I tried some russian literature I like some of it but some books may be too grown up and Tolstoy used french in some which made it hard to read. I am tired of standing in a library looking for a book I feel more discouraged when I try to be positive about a book and then I am disappointed I try to be open minded but it is not working so far
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    It's good that you're attempting to engage with so many classic authors. However, I can't quite pin down what it is that you want.

    s I liked the writing style but later on I found out it is inapproprite.
    Did you find that the writing style was inappropriate or that the content was inappropriate? Vladimir Nabokov is famous for writing very ornamentally but I'm not sure that his works are necessarily designed for "a much older reader" — just pay attention and look up any words you don't know. It's really amazing that his English books (Laughter in the Dark is not one of these) are so powerful and yet he wrote them in his third language. If it's the content that you find inappropriate then it is probably because Nabokov did not value moral messages too highly. I don't think you should shy away from his books just because of either of these problems though.

    Certainly not Dickens or Austen they are not my cup of tea I detest romantic books.
    I can understand that you wouldn't want to read Dickens because he rambles. However, I cannot see why you would think that he writes 'romantic books'. It's going to be difficult to read much literature if even romantic sub-plots are too much. Can I ask why you don't like romantic fiction and romantic fictional elements?

    I am sticking too classics only this year
    H. G. Wells is both a classic author (a part of the Western canon) and a Sci-Fi author. Don't think the two are mutually exclusive, because you will miss out on some really excellent writing.

    I like books about life nothing too adventureous.
    The classic genre you're probably looking for is realism.

    I would hate to see you give up on Nabokov because he is far and away my favourite English author (perhaps with the exception of Shakespeare). If you really are fed up with him though, try Edith Wharton's House of Mirth. If you would prefer to stick around Children's Literature, maybe try the short stories of Perrault (who you will know from any number of Disney films).
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    Thank you its that in laughter in the dark the girl in the book she is abit well she makes me feel uncomftorable I prefer more innocent charters
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    Thank you its that in laughter in the dark the girl in the book she is abit well she makes me feel uncomftorable I prefer more innocent charters


    Nabokov has a lot of very dark themes (his most famous book, Lolita, is about a paedophile). If you're uncomfortable with these then it may be worth leaving him alone for a little while. At the same time, a lot of classic literature can be very controversial, which is often why it becomes famous. Stuff which fails to break ground and try new things is rarely remembered many hundreds of years later. It's the same with pop music on the radio. If you're used to 'more innocent' characters, that is not to say that you shouldn't try less innocent characters too.

    Are you OK with romantic fiction if the themes and characters are more conservative? Can I ask how old you are too?
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    I am 14 I am not comftorable reading romance books also I prefer books that do not have romance
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    (Original post by Maria1812)
    Hello i started reading laughter in the dark but I feel like the book may not be appropriate for me I like his writing style but the book is for a much older reader I am not a fun of romance I first read the first pages I liked the writing style but later on I found out it is inapproprite. Is there ny author with concise writing style or who does good description but not rambling on. Certainly not Dickens or Austen they are not my cup of tea I detest romantic books. i like books which flow and not ramble on but I like some beautiful description which I found with hg wells however the time machine was a bit too science fiction I like fiction i can read some science fiction but not too much. I am sticking too classics only this year

    I like books about life nothing too adventureous. I liked little women because the idea of the book was simple about life and it was realistic some authors think that crime and mystery novels make a book however i think makign something plain magical and interesting makes the book. Does anyone have advice I also liked secret garden and little princess i just began reading classics recently I tried virginia woolf however her books are a bit bizare I tried wilkie colins however moonstone is a romance book. I tried some russian literature I like some of it but some books may be too grown up and Tolstoy used french in some which made it hard to read. I am tired of standing in a library looking for a book I feel more discouraged when I try to be positive about a book and then I am disappointed I try to be open minded but it is not working so far
    I agree with someone I do not know what you are looking for. If you are looking for realism novelists, you could try as someone said Edith Wharton's House of Mirth. However, it is a realist novel, but also a socialist novel and I'm at uni studying English Lit and Ancient History and even I did find that novel quite difficult to read.

    However, I don't like socialist novelists like House of Mirth, Pride and Prejudice, Hard Times, etc etc.

    It's quite difficult to find what kind of author you are looking for. But DH Lawrence was a realist writer. But also it is about love. The Rainbow is a fantastic novel that you should read. It does have romance in it, but it's not a romantic novel, it doesn't focus on that. Only in Part 2 of the novel.

    Also The Moonstone isn't actually a romance novel, it's a crime novel looking at colonization and the British Empire looking at racism. I don't expect a 14 year-old to pick up on that (I am not belittling you) but you won't pick out complicated themes until you require the skills.

    Also, do you mind reading modern literature novels usually 1920's. John Steinbeck is excellent. East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath are very good novels examining the socio-economical factors of The Great Depression and etc. So it's very good if you are interested in American culture and all that kind of jazz.

    If you like simple, you can try The Catcher in the Rye.... For me that was perhaps of one the WORST novels I have ever read. I still don't see why it's of literary significance to be honest. But it's so simple. And I think it would be quite good for a 14-year old.

    So you don't like Sci-Fi or Romantic fiction. How about Dystopia novels, hwoever that's similiar to sci-fic. Erm how about becoming interested in a literary canon rather than classics? So how about Gothic Fiction, American Literature 1888-1940 perhaps? Erm you've got WW1 Literature. If you want something simple how about some non-fiction stuff?

    I can't really give you anything other than that!
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    Thank you for your help I will go have a look in the library for catcher in the rye currently I started reading great expectations as I was really desprate to read a book also I will be doing it for gcse it's not as bad I though it will be I use sparknotes for every chapter I read to make sure I understand the book I am on chapter 6 so far its going good I think I understand the book I also watched the movie so I have an idea what the book is about.Also I will look at moonstone again. What do you think about oscar wilde the picture of dorian grey or dracula? I am trying to make a 2015 reading list so I won't waste time like last year on book searches rather then reading.
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    (Original post by The Empire Odyssey)
    I agree with someone I do not know what you are looking for. If you are looking for realism novelists, you could try as someone said Edith Wharton's House of Mirth. However, it is a realist novel, but also a socialist novel and I'm at uni studying English Lit and Ancient History and even I did find that novel quite difficult to read.

    However, I don't like socialist novelists like House of Mirth, Pride and Prejudice, Hard Times, etc etc.

    It's quite difficult to find what kind of author you are looking for. But DH Lawrence was a realist writer. But also it is about love. The Rainbow is a fantastic novel that you should read. It does have romance in it, but it's not a romantic novel, it doesn't focus on that. Only in Part 2 of the novel.

    Also The Moonstone isn't actually a romance novel, it's a crime novel looking at colonization and the British Empire looking at racism. I don't expect a 14 year-old to pick up on that (I am not belittling you) but you won't pick out complicated themes until you require the skills.

    Also, do you mind reading modern literature novels usually 1920's. John Steinbeck is excellent. East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath are very good novels examining the socio-economical factors of The Great Depression and etc. So it's very good if you are interested in American culture and all that kind of jazz.

    If you like simple, you can try The Catcher in the Rye.... For me that was perhaps of one the WORST novels I have ever read. I still don't see why it's of literary significance to be honest. But it's so simple. And I think it would be quite good for a 14-year old.

    So you don't like Sci-Fi or Romantic fiction. How about Dystopia novels, hwoever that's similiar to sci-fic. Erm how about becoming interested in a literary canon rather than classics? So how about Gothic Fiction, American Literature 1888-1940 perhaps? Erm you've got WW1 Literature. If you want something simple how about some non-fiction stuff?

    I can't really give you anything other than that!
    You must be kidding about The Catcher in the Rye It will always be classic, and it is especially recommended for teenagers. The novel shows many subtle psychological aspects in teenagers' behaviour, it can also help them to adapt in society.
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    Doris Lessing, the celebrated British author who won the Nobel Prize for Literature, was really clear on this topic, she said: 'Don't read a book out of its right time for you'.

    Wading through the classics at age 14 can be dispiriting and may put you off some authors for life. Much better to put a book down and try again in three years or so.

    Some books that might be right for you right now:
    Catcher in the Rye - J D Salinger
    To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    Lord of the Flies - William Golding
    Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
    The Color Purple - Alice Walker
    A Gathering Light - Jennifer Donnelly
    How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff
    Propery - Valerie Martin
    The Diary of Anne Frank
    The Reader - Bernhard Schlink
    Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
    Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe
    A Kestrel for a Knave - Barry Hines

    For now, read widely what you enjoy. The website Sophie's Desk has suggestions for wider reading texts that will help you prepare for an A-Level in English literature, if that is what you want to do in the future
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    (Original post by Sophie'sDesk)
    Doris Lessing, the celebrated British author who won the Nobel Prize for Literature, was really clear on this topic, she said: 'Don't read a book out of its right time for you'.

    Wading through the classics at age 14 can be dispiriting and may put you off some authors for life. Much better to put a book down and try again in three years or so.

    Some books that might be right for you right now:
    Catcher in the Rye - J D Salinger
    To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    Lord of the Flies - William Golding
    Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
    The Color Purple - Alice Walker
    A Gathering Light - Jennifer Donnelly
    How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff
    Propery - Valerie Martin
    The Diary of Anne Frank
    The Reader - Bernhard Schlink
    Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
    Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe
    A Kestrel for a Knave - Barry Hines

    For now, read widely what you enjoy. The website Sophie's Desk has suggestions for wider reading texts that will help you prepare for an A-Level in English literature, if that is what you want to do in the future
    Thank you Sophie I will try these after Great expectations and maybe animal farm thank you for your help now I do not need to waste time looking for books appropriate for my age.
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    (Original post by Julie Petersen)
    You must be kidding about The Catcher in the Rye It will always be classic, and it is especially recommended for teenagers. The novel shows many subtle psychological aspects in teenagers' behaviour, it can also help them to adapt in society.
    Matter of opinion . I didn't like it. Great if you did.
 
 
 
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