ANNA KARENINA is now in select theaters, and the trailer is beautiful. I can't see the movie yet, though. I'm reading the book for the first time.
I'm at the part where--Nah, I won't say. No spoilers here! I'll just tell you I'm about 3/4 of the way through the novel, and I'm looooving it!
I've been treating myself to other classics lately, too. I go through phases where I especially crave them and feel nourished by them. I suppose it's ironic that old stories make my writing spirit feel new again. In talking with other writers, however, I'm not alone in this. It makes sense: the classics have withstood the test of time for a reason. Maps change, wars begin and end, languages evolve, technology improves, and we can feel so far from the world as it was in the times of, say, Shakespeare, Austen, Dickens, Tolstoy, Twain, or Fitzgerald. Yet...the human heart remains the same, and a good story is a good story.
How about you? Do you often read or reread the classics? What feeds your writing spirit?