Oddest Book List Ever

Okay, so this post isn’t really about writing per say, but it is about books. More specifically, that one of my classes has issue the strangest book list I’ve ever encountered.

It’s been a while since I’ve had any type of Literature class in college, but I have to have an Intensive Writing Course now that Iv’e finally made the switch to the University of Tennessee (Finally!), and the one I chose is “Themes in Literature.”

When I went to look at the book list for the course, I was quite ecstatic to discover that there’s no actual textbook. There’s another couple of hundred that doesn’t have to be spent. Seriously. Textbooks? They’re insane! My French II textbook is going to be ridiculous!

…Uh, sorry.

Anyway… There’s no textbook for the Lit. course, but there are six books that we have to have. They’re all what I guess you could call “classics” (a generous title for a couple, IMO), and I assume they’re supposed to have some kind of overarching theme between all of them.

But if that’s true, then for the absolute life of me, I can not find it.

  • Paradise Lost, by John Milton

While I’m not really a fan of the book/poem/whateveryouwanttocallit, (I’ve read it for World Lit. before) I have no qualms considering it a classic. There are some books that most people will read in college, and this is one of them. faust image

  • Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe 

I admit that I don’t exactly know much about this book. I’ve never actually read it. But I do know the gist of the story. And I can see how the good vs. evil theme of the book ties it in with Paradise Lost, and can understand the theme between the two. I’m actually kind of looking forward to this one. 

  • Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

This one is a classic. If I was asked to name 5 classic novels, this would probably come to me pretty quickly. (Along with, probably, Dracula, The Great Gatsby, Wuthering Heights, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Probably) But… I don’t really see how it ties in with the first two. Man playing God, maybe? 

  • Neuromancer, by William Gibson

To be honest, I didn’t recognize the title of this book when I first read it. Though research tells me that it’s clearly sci-fi and/or cyberpunk, with computer hacking and cyberspace. I… really don’t get how it ties in with the others. handmaiden image

  • The Handmaiden’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

This novel, I know simply by reputation. A disturbing look into the future, where an entire class of women has been reduced to, essentially sex slaves, indoctrinated, and used for nothing more than the purpose of producing children. While I don’t see how it fits with the first four, save for the sci-fi elements it shares with Neuromancer, I can certainly see how it’s right in line with the last.

  • Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury 

451 imageAnyone who knows me knows that I despise this book. I don’t like this book, because it scares me. It scares me, because I think that, in feverish moments, this book could be dangerously possible. People have burned books before; people still burn books! How many Harry Potter books have been destroyed because they “promote witchcraft” for children? I don’t like this book because, like 1984, I see it as disturbingly possible. I can see how the dystopian and sci-fi elements tie in with The Handmaiden’s Tale, but Doctor Faustus? Sorry, I just don’t see it. 

Anyone have any ideas? Opinions? What the hell do these books have in common? 

Besides all being on the same class list, thanks. 

Also, I inspired myself while writing this. In a couple of days, I think I’ll do a post with my list of (classic) books that I think people should have read by the time they finish college. 



Another Word Prompt Table: 100 this time!

001. Crash 002. Dim 003. Futile 004. Erratic 005. Loved
006. Soft 007. Hold 008. Shackles 009. Broken 010. Precious
011. Odds and Ends 012. Tea 013. Twisted 014. Echo 015. Soothe
016. Fight 017. Naked 018. Push 019. Alive 020. New
021. Born 022. Murmur 023. Devious 024. Isolation 025. Starve
026. Breakable 027. Winter 028. Ignore 029. Colour 030. Grace
031. Belong 032. Choke 033. Reach 034. Difficult 035. Heat
036. Veneer 037. Fall 038. Nightmare 039. Contagious 040. Good riddance
041. Goodbye 042. Scarred 043. Last dance 044. Burn 045. Steady
046. Monster 047. Voodoo 048. Shine 049. Intent 050. Camping
051. Grave 052. Machine 053. Destination 054. Nowhere 055. Garden
056. I know 057. Dust 058. Dream 059. Destiny 060. Spring
061. Sigh 062. Fingertips 063. Waiting 064. Playboy 065. Revenge
066. July 067. Desire 068. Free 069. Celebration 070. Stars
071. Morgue 072. Space 073. Whitewash 074. Alone 075. Coma
076. Letters 077. Phone call 078. Music 079. Silence 080. Cards
081. Emblem 082. Elephant 083. Monopoly 084. Reality 085. Serenity
086. Bone 087. Chalk dust 088. Manuscript 089. Ink 090. Perfection
091. Ring 092. Drive 093. Missing 094. Full moon 095. New direction
096. Writer’s Choice 097. Writer’s Choice 098. Writer’s Choice 099. Writer’s Choice 100. Writer’s Choice

Another Prompt table, again from 100 Prompts over at Livejournal. Getting ready for NaNo already!