This is weird. I’m currently in my fourth month of being abroad and I’m just now having this sort of epiphany. In the past, I’ve thought about culture as a place’s identity, comprised of beliefs, trends, traditions, music, etc. But I’ve never thought of literature as a way to define a place’s culture, which is pretty stupid of me. Like, that’s pretty obvious. I was in a book shop for like the 20th time today and I sort of just noticed that the thing to read in England are cheesy Phillippa Gregory-esque historical fiction romance novels. They are everywhere. Like I turn any direction and I can see one. That’s what it’s like though.
But now I’m thinking, if I really want to get a real taste of Englishness, I have to read one. At least to give it a try? And they’re probably not cheesy at all, since they’re popular. I’m just judging by the cover (which is blah whatever).
Sidenote: Fully aware that British people read other things also, and that many do not read such fiction. ok.