Being an English Literature student has been one of the few right choices I made in my life el7mdellah. There is nothing I’m more proud of in my life. Yet with everything in life there is a pros and cons, well here the cons come because I am a sort of a heavy reader (I slack off from time to time) and a known bookworm among my peers. I won’t mention the pros, that would be a never-ending post, trust me. However there is one little con that I’ve come in terms of realizing yet just recently.
You know how most readers have three status of reading in their life: read, currently reading, to-read (just like goodreads) those shelves are the most important shelve in a reader’s life, they don’t exist most of the time but they are there. It drops in a conversation like “I read the Harry Potter series” (I didn’t read HP books btw) that is in the read shelve, “I’m reading one of the greatest books it’s called “The Lucky One”‘ that is in the currently reading shelve, and lastly “I’m planning to read “The Prophet”‘ that is in the to-read shelve. There are always conditions with those shelves. For the read shelve a reader is really happy to discuss the book and to show is joy or disappointment with it and could talk on and on about it, and maybe put it back on the to-read again shelve because it is too good. But for the other two shelves there is a huge problem which is called ‘Spoilers’. You see a reader (most readers) don’t want you to tell them what is the book about and spoil them for it, you are taking the joy away from reading. Why should they read the book when all you did is tell the whole story for them?
Here I come back to the con of being both a bookworm and an English Literature student. As a Literature student obviously you study literature with different historical and cultural backgrounds, you discuss the story/poem and refer it to whatever you feel like until like that the discussion is directly or indirectly linked to a classical book that you put on your to-read shelve, they talk about it while you burn inside because they are spoiling everything for you and you die to pieces a little by little, and if you are really lucky they would be spoiling only parts of it. That actually happened to me last course the doctor was just about to talk about “Wuthering Heights” as a point of reference and since it’s in my to read shelve (still is) I was just about to die until I got the courage to say “Don’t spoil it please I’m planning to read it” thankfully he was understanding and sweet he didn’t proceed with it. My friend on the other hand was planning to read “Jane Eyre” and in one of the lectures her doctor just spilled everything about the book and spoiled it for her, after class she was complaining about how the Dr ruined it for her.
That happens every now and then but here is this thing, we do actually study some classics and most of the time its the very short versions of it or maybe just the movie depending on the doctor’s way of teaching. Of course some of the greatest books out there are being taught to us and some yes do exist in the t0-read shelves. As a modern fiction lover I tend to postpone the classics till later but that is not going to work anymore, not since I started getting deeper in my major. What brought this up? Yesterday I was informed that I will be studying “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. I’ve been wanting to read that book since a long time ago, I can’t remember really and I also have been fascinated by the word “Prejudice” from the tittle yet I didn’t know the meaning of it and every time I look it up in the dictionary I would be forgetting it’s meaning a nano-second later. Which is somehow normal with me and new words until they click in my mind and I actually understand them for whatever way I used. So in order to at last make the click of the word I checked it one more last time and I said “Prejudice is bias with a bow-tie” and it clicked (what I meant is that Prejudice is synonym of bias but it looks like a fancier of a word). Anyway after I knew the meaning I figured I would read it soon, but the soon was not adjusted into how soon. Until yesterday of course and since I was getting a heads up on the situation I might as well start reading it at a fast speed(hopefully) only a problem, I’m reading another book right now, “The Lucky One” by Nicholas Sparks (which is an upcoming movie) and I’m reading in some what of a rush (check my goodreads).
I got a heads up this time except the next time I would never know what next book will be spoiled for me.