Reading is back in style


Haley McCoy, Editorials Editor

  The 1800s were a terrible time for people in America.

     A war was fought over racial tension, slavery and segregation. Women were not allowed to vote, hold jobs or speak out of turn. The United States was on rocky political grounds, trying to join conflicting viewpoints. But despite all this, literature soared to great heights in the 1800s. Some of the best writers, most acclaimed authors, in modern history lived during this time. Oscar Wilde, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe are just a handful of the greats who wrote classic literature when the world was otherwise occupied.

     Reading has always been valuable. It helps to improve memory, vocabulary and even how the reader speaks. For a time it was popular, one of the only sources of entertainment before the world was able to marvel at colored television. But as the world aged and time wore on, reading became a thing of the past.

     Now, racial tensions are on the rise again. Woman continue to fight for their rights as politicians can’t compromise over the even the smallest of issues. Now, literature is on the rise again, bringing back authors like Harper Lee and introducing to the world JK Rowling, Sarah J Maas and John Green.

     Reading is back. Harry Potter, A Song of Ice and Fire and other young adult novels helped to spurn the rise of reading. These novels and series created references and commonly known stories to tell and discuss, which ended up bringing friends and even strangers closer together. Much like “I am your father,” lives in infamy, even if one has not seen the Stars Wars saga, “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good,” and “Yer a wizard, Harry,” are quotes that most people are familiar with, even if they have not read the Harry Potter books.

     It is obvious and indisputable that literature, reading and books have become popular again. More and more movies are adapted directly from novels, the most complex characters brought to life on the big screen.

     There’s no arguing that, even if you aren’t familiar with books or don’t like reading, when you hear the phrase “winter is coming,” you know what it references.