Monday, November 13, 2006

Having another look

I decided a few months back that I was going to re-visit some fiction that I read when I was in high school and hadn't re-read since. Last week I finally got around to the first of these books and I'm reading Vanity Fair. I did a term paper on Vanity Fair my junior year in high school and I've seen the movie with Reese Witherspoon, but much about the book seems unfamiliar.

There is a lot of depth that I missed as a 16 year old and the movie is made to make certain characters--especially Becky--more likeable than they really are. Next I want to move on to some books that I didn't like when I read them the first time and see if I get more out of them now.


Susan said...

Obviously, Jane, your teacher in high school did not do a thorough enough job dissecting and analyzing your literature books with all of you. Because we know that if the teacher does a good enough job teaching the literature, then the kids will "get it," and thus it would be impossible for you to get more out of it just because you've got another 20-30 years of life experience.

(Ummm, there are people who don't know me who read your blog, and they might think I'm serious....)

Jane said...

LOL--Yeah we now you're all about dissecting books.

I was thinking about this yesterday. Some of the books that I want to reread were so thoroughly dissected and analyzed that I can still tell you what the *themes* are, but not about the story.

Marie N. said...

I'm glad you are enjoying it second time around. Let us know what else is on your reading list when you are ready for the next one.