>>7567275 >yeah no, tons of people read them This is false. Tons of people say they read them (like here on /lit/ for example), but most people don't
>British survey says 62 percent of people lie about having read classic books http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2013/0909/British-survey-says-62-percent-of-people-lie-about-having-read-classic-books
>More than half of us lie about reading classic novels. >A new study shows that 62 per cent of us pretend to have read classic novels in order to appear more intelligent. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/10286930/More-than-half-of-us-lie-about-reading-classic-novels.html
>People often lie about reading classic novels, survey finds http://articles.latimes.com/2013/sep/06/entertainment/la-et-jc-people-lie-often-about-reading-classic-novels-survey-finds-20130906
>>7567347 It would be like saying that most people don't exercise and many people lie about it. Most people don't exercise but there is a huge community who do exercise. There are a lot of people who read classics and those who read a lot of classics are probably much less likely to lie about readings classics because they have already read so many.
With how many people their are on the planet you can count yourself among the millions if you like Bergman, the tens of millions (perhaps even as much as a hundred million) if you listen to Bach.
When you have dedicated person, and a lot of them who spend their lives in service of something, with many, many millions of people who deeply enjoy it I find it difficult to not think of it as popular.
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