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Some of my favorite young adult books also contain some of my favorite romantic couples. Number one is definitely Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark from the Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins. The fact that Peeta was in love with Katniss since elementary school and held on to this love even after all the brainwashing and torture the Capitol subjecting him to is nothing short of amazing. Initially Katniss doesn't appear to share the same feelings, but her love for him clearly grows over the course of the books and I couldn't be more pleased by their ending.

My other favorite romantic couple is from the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling, but I don't want to mention their names to avoid spoilers for anyone who hasn't already read the books or watched the movies.
"Classics" are not a genre that you MUST read even if you don't want to, so I don't know why anyone would want to read them as quickly as possible. Having said that, I know that not everyone has the same amount of time available for reading and some classics can be a little wordy (I'm looking at you War and Peace), so here's my suggestions;

1. Die Verwandlung by Franz Kafka - I believe that outside of my country, this book is known as "The Metamorphosis" and it is quite worth the time it takes to complete it. It is a short story that can be read rather quickly. I would really recommend reading the original German novella if possible because of the unique way in which Kafka wrote his sentences. This is something that I believe the English translations are not able to fully capture. The story appears rather simple and surreal as it features a salesman who struggles to adapt to the fact that he has someone transformed into a giant insect, but there are plenty of deeper insights to mull over after reading the book.

2. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad - I'm always surprised by how many people think that Heart of Darkness is a huge book because they have seen the Francis Ford Coppola movie, Apocalypse Now, which was inspired by the book. Heart of Darkness was originally a three-part serial story that was published in some magazine, so it's really not as lenghty as many people believe. Conrad was inspired by his own travel journals when he wrote the story and the book has since been used as the inspiration for other books, films and even games. It's been included as one of the 100 best novels of the twentieth century, so I would say it definitely qualifies as a short classic.

3. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. I'll finish things off with a book that I strongly believe is a classic, but it doesn't always get the love or recognition that it deserves. It is also only 200 odd pages long, so still qualifies as a "short "book in my opinion. Ethan Frome is not an "easy" book to read in the sense that it deals with some very harrowing elements, but it is a very compelling one. It also features a nice twist that I won't spoil, but in essence it is about a man named Ethan Frome who falls in love with his wife's cousin. Things become rather complicated because Ethan's wife is sick and her cousin takes care of her. To say anything more would ruin a good story, so read it and see if you agree with me that it is a bona fide classic.
All of the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling. For years I had to hear about how awesome the books are and how I must read them, but when I finally sat down and did so it was a letdown. For something that is supposed to be the best-selling book series in all of history, there are just too many plot holes and lazy writing to agree. It's no use trying to argue the point with Potter fans either as they are all so obsessed with the boy wizard that they can't see any wrong with the books.
I'm going to go ahead and assume that you mean fiction authors as heaven knows there is no shortage of non-fiction authors who are unable to keep their opinions for themselves. I don't have an issue with authors writing about what they believe in, but if it feels like it is shoehorned in or obvious propaganda in any way, then I'm out. There are plenty of obvious examples of authors who use their writing as a soapbox for their personal views, but I'm more fascinated by books that seemingly contradict their authors. One of my favorite examples is Paradise Lost by John Milton.

I know that Paradise Lost is technically a poem and not a novel, but come on, it spans twelve books, so I'm sure nobody is going to nitpick this factor. For anyone here unfamiliar with their 17th-century poets, Paradise Lost is basically a massive poem about how Adam and Eve were tempted by Lucifer and tricked into the fall of man. Milton's views on the subject couldn't be any clearer, he explicitly states in the first book that it is written with the express purpose of justifying the ways of God to men.

The interesting thing is that despite Milton being a devout Christian and lots of devout Christian readers enjoying the books over the years, it doesn’t appear to be as clear cut when thoroughly examined. Some readers came to the conclusion that instead of the hero being one of the "good" characters, it is actually the "evil" character, Satan, who displays all the characteristics of a hero. It brings up an interesting point about how readers are actually the ones that have ultimate control over the message and viewpoints an author expresses in their books. Perhaps I'm reading too deeply into this whole thing, but it is interesting topic to explore if you are an avid reader.

Another interesting example would be the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling. What makes these particular series fascinating is that while very good and quite popular, reading the books doesn't exactly give you any insights into the political leanings of the author. However, we live in the era of social media, so fans have a greater opportunity than ever before to gain insights into the minds of those they admire, which in this case is Rowling. She has made it abundantly clear on social media that her views are very progressive and that she fully supports social justice. It has also resulted in a couple of clashes with some of her readers when she suddenly began to change a couple of things about their back-stories to bring them in line with her views. The books are already written and nothing about them are changed in any way, so one could say that this is an easy way to gain favor and points with the progressive crowd without altering your artistic views or actually changing anything tangible about your existing body of work. I am in no way implying that authors cannot change their views over time or should always be beholden to what they have written in the past, but simply attempting to "rewrite history" so to speak is taking the easy way out.

I could list a couple more examples if anyone is interested in the topic, but I would love to hear what everyone else thinks about this type of phenomena.
I'm very sure that there are thousands of authors who pass away without ever completing that book that they have been putting off for so long. If you mean published authors who were actively working on a book, but died so suddenly that they were unable to complete it then the most conspicuous answer would be Robert Jordan. His Wheel of Time series is often cited as one of the best examples of epic fantasy literature on the market, but sadly he died before he could ever finish the whole story. If there is any consolation in this tragic loss, it is that Jordan knew what was coming while writing the final book and made enough notes to ensure someone else could finish it for him.

To ad something that is a little less obvious and well known; I don't think it is common knowledge, but The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer is also thought to be incomplete. I did a little digging and apparently Chaucer only managed to get down twenty four stories on paper before passing away. While this is a fairly large selection, it pales in comparison to the one hundred stories that he originally planned.
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