With devices like the eReader, Kindle and iPad 2 at our fingertips, reading is supposed to be easier than ever, despite the slow extinction of the printed (and pricey) paperback. But try walking into a bookstore for new novels - you'll find the Best Sellers' shelves covered in leftovers of celebrity franchises, from Conrad and Kardashian to Bieber's biography! Sure, we finally have the convenient medium to encourage more frequent reading, but are we running out of leisurely literature too fast these days?
I think it's time to turn back to the assignments of our high school English classes, the novels taught every year not only to prepare us for those Advanced Placement tests, but also to enlighten us through universal themes and lessons before we went off to college. Obviously, these stories have withstood the test of time over and over again: according to Focus Features, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre has been adapted into 20 silent films, 27 "talkies" (for theater and television), 23 radio dramas, 48 plays and 8 musicals - and today marks the premiere of Jane Eyre, the film version starring Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, The Kids Are Alright), Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds, 300) and Jamie Bell (The Eagle, Jumper).
The dynamic plot revolving around a bold governess and her mysterious employer is simultaneously an epic love story, a Gothic tale and a piece of social commentary. So in honor of Jane Eyre's rebirth to a new generation, let's resurrect some of the narratives we thought used to bore us to death. Here are five more high school books worth a reread in college.
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