I went through a phase where I read nothing but the classics that I (strangely) missed out on while I was growing up. Some of there were delightful. Some…not so much.
Disturbingly, I loved both Animal Farm and 1984. Even more disturbing was how much I liked Lord of the Flies. Don’t judge.
Anyway, I’m obviously not too averse to dark themes, so it’s not really surprising that my favorite of the classics falls squarely in that category. Honestly, I don’t think I’d ever even heard of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier before I was an adult.
There were parts I hated (like….pretty much everything about Rebecca), but it was beautifully written and early on in the book I became very invested in the central character (whose name, interestingly, was never revealed).
I don’t keep copies of many of the books I read, but this is one I’d like on my shelf at some point since I feel the need to re-read it every few years.
How about you? Do you prefer happily ever after books or darker themes?
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