I’ve decided to reveal something about me that I don’t think will go down particularly well. Whenever I tell anyone they gasp, open mouthed in amazement.
The first time I told my wife she was shocked and, to be honest, I don’t think she’s ever really gotten over it.
I’ve never seen Dirty Dancing. I know that “Time of My Life” comes from it, I know the general premise, I’m aware that “nobody puts baby in the corner” and all of that but, if truth be told, I’ve never even had the slightest inkling to put it on. I have never watched Dirty Dancing and I will never watch Dirty Dancing.
The reason why it’s so shocking is that there seems to be a collection of movies that are revered by some higher order as classics and, if you ever dare admit that you haven’t seen them, you’re likely to be ostracised from society until you do. Dirty Dancing is on that list, but I would much rather be sent to Coventry than give in and watch it.
I would react in the same way if anyone dared to tell me that they hadn’t seen at least one of the Star Wars movies, or The Shining, or the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
They’re defining moments in cinema and need to be seen my one and all – the same goes for anything else by Stanley Kubrick or Alfred Hitchcock.
My wife and I have a friend who has never seen Titanic – and won’t do now out of principle! It may not be the greatest film ever made but it has to be seen!
I got thinking about this because last week decided I was going to read all of those books that fall into the same category.
Novels that are regarded as definitive classics that I should have read when I was younger but didn’t, mainly because I was distracted by playing radio and reading FHM.
I started with Brave New World, which was a bit weird, then The Great Gatsby, recently voted the second best English language novel of the 20th Century. It was good, but was it really that good? Then came Catcher in the Rye. Wow. That book’s a game changer.
If I’d have read it when I was 16 it would have changed my life. Typical bloke reaction says Wifey. I’ve also got Of Mice and Men, 1984, To Kill a Mockingbird and a ton of HG Wells on my list.
Do you have any suggestions? Tweet me @greggnunney if you do – although if the words Dirty or Dancing appear I may well be sending you to Coventry, or perhaps even Carlisle!