First off, Happy Independence Day to all our fellow Americans! Please be safe, and don’t blow any fingers off if you’re playing with fireworks. It makes writing a tad difficult.
My pick for my classics rant is… probably a tad controversial (similar to Lissa’s pick with Invisible Man).
A Classic I Loathe:
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer/The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
I’ve heard great things over the years about Mark Twain’s stories. Some of his books are still on my ‘want to read’ list, such as The Prince and the Pauper. I picked up The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn years ago because I’d heard that they were some of the best American literature (and Wishbone made it sound like a neat story!)
I didn’t make it very far, and what I came away with was a lasting impression of:
Mark Twain is why the rules about dialogue tags, and using dialect and colloquialism in fiction, exist.