Last week I posed the question: Are “page-turners” always “pulp fiction”? with my belief then that, for the most part, they were. Why I believed that is because off the top of my head, I couldn’t think of a classic book (by classic, I mean, at least 25 years old and most usually more than 100 years old) that I couldn’t put down once I started reading it. However, four of you responded with classics that you considered “page-turners.”
- The Wife: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.
- Marie from The Boston Bibliophile: The Slave by Isaac Bashevis Singer, All The King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren and A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith.
- Brahm from Alfred Lives Here: Wuthering Heights by yet another Brontë, Emily and The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith, including all the sequels.
- Bunk Strutts from Tacky Raccoons: A Night To Remember by Walter Lord, and two others, although they aren’t 25 years old, he decided “that the rule didn’t apply to these white-knuckle books about true events.” Those two are: Lost Moon by Jim Lovell, on which the movie Apollo 13 was based, and A Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger, which also was made into a movie.
A fifth person, Quirkyloon, also responded, but didn’t seem to understand the question as she mentioned the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer:
And I was soooo annoyed with the main character Bella. I really didn’t like her, but yet I couldn’t stop reading until I knew the ending.
Um, yeah. Also weird that you didn’t read the question I posed last week ;-).
Out of those mentioned, I’ve read:
- All The King’s Men, which is one of my favorite books, but which I don’t consider a “page-turner,” because to me, it was one I really wanted to savor and didn’t want to devour.
- A Night To Remember, which I also enjoyed, but again I don’t consider a “page-turner,” because at a little over 200 pages in most editions, I think it’s too short. When I think of “page-turners,” as I mentioned last week, I think of mostly epics like The Stand by Stephen King.
- A Perfect Storm, which I absolutely would qualify as a “page-turner.” It reminds me of another nature “page-turner”: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.
Since last week, I have thought of at least one classic that I considered a “page-turner”: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. I don’t know what it was about the book, but I couldn’t put it down and enjoyed it immensely.
Extra of the day: A “rough draft” of this post in audio form (as done by me in the car, as you can hear by the wind in the background):
Apologies to Marie for slaughtering your online name. For correct pronunciation, visit Merriam-Webster.
So in light of the small group of you saying that classics can be “page-turners,” I will ask a different way this week:
What classics, including this time “modern” classics that you wouldn’t classify as “pulp fiction,” would you consider “page-turners”?