Sometimes I wonder if my taste in literature discredits me for an English major and/or a writer.
The more I dive into the writing world, the more I realize I don’t fit in some areas. I love writing and editing. I can discuss creative work for days. However, I don’t like old literature too much.
Literature, especially before the 1900s, bore me. It’s hard to keep my focus. If I’m tired enough, I can almost fall asleep. I don’t like to admit that much, because I don’t like to distaste old literature. I feel like I’m going against my field.
However, I do read what I write. I love reading young adult books, especially fantasy and sci-fi. Cassandra Clare, Marie Lu, and Markus Zusak are some of my favorites. My work reflects those writers well.
So, I do miss out on some old literature talk, which is what other English scholars love. They discuss and breathe it. I fall asleep.
But I do read what I write, which still works for me.