I like classic books. It’s among my favorite genres. I don’t think I would have ever gotten into them if it weren’t for literature class. 😛 So shout-out to my literature teacher!! You’re the best, ma’am. 🙂
Why am I bringing this up? Well, because classics are cool, of course! But also because. . . .
It’s a party!
Rebellious Writing (which I’ve never heard of until today but that’s beside the point) turned two this month!! I don’t know much about that place, but it looks like a cool place to hang out if you’re a writer. So why don’t you head on over and wish them a happy birthday? 😉
If you’re wondering why I’m posting on a Thursday, it’s because it’s the second-to-last day of the party, and I would rather not be late. AND in case you’re wondering why I’m celebrating a party for a blog that I have never seen before, Jenna nominated me to. Thanks, Jenna! I’m excited to do this.
The first thing I’m going to do is a tag. The It’s So Classic Tag to be exact. It’s RW’s way of celebrating. Then if there’s anything else regarding classics that I’d like to talk about, I’ll bring that up too.
- Link your post to Rebellious Writing.
- Answer the questions.
- Tag at least five bloggers.
1) What is one classic that hasn’t been made into a movie yet, but really needs to?
I’m not familiar enough with the classics to know which ones have been turned into movies and which ones haven’t. But I’d like to see a movie of The Pilgrim’s Progress. 🙂
2) What draws you to classics?
Classics depict and define human nature in a way that not many books do these days. I’d like to study how they do it and potentially apply it to my own creative works.
3) What is an underrated classic?
The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. Nobody is talking about this book enough. It’s beautifully symbolic. It’s one of those books that’s so timeless that you can easily put yourself in the characters’ shoes even though it was written over three hundred years ago. It’s like a blank slate in which you can insert yourself. It’s fantastic.
4) What is one classic that you didn’t expect to love, but ended up loving anyway?
A lot of them, really. Mostly because they were school assignments. XD I’m going to pick The Knight’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer. I didn’t really expect much from this epic poem, but it turned out a lot more engaging than I expected. I don’t remember much about it as it’s been a few years, but I remember that it was very good.
FUN FACT: There was a time when I could say the first few lines of The Canterbury Tales in Middle English. I can’t anymore.
5) What are your favorite and least favorite classics?
That’s a hard one. . .
Right now my favorite classic is Pilgrim’s Progress. Probably because it’s the one I remember the most as I’m studying it right now. XD I also liked Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
My least favorite classic is probably Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell because Scarlett is a jerk. 😛 And it had an unsatisfying ending. It was a great book — very well-written, but I didn’t enjoy as much as I enjoyed other classics.
6) What is your favorite character from a classic? Or if that is too hard, one is your favorite classic character trope (e.g. strong and silent, quiet sidekick, etc.)
I don’t remember enough characters to make a good decision, so I guess I’m going to say Hopeful from Pilgrim’s Progress because that’s easy. He’s very optimistic in the darkest of times and I just want to cheer him on throughout the book. He’s a cinnamon roll. :3
7) What’s a popular classic that you felt wasn’t actually that great?
I haven’t read any not-great classics yet. I guess my best answer would be Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. It’s a good book — there’s just too many cuss words for my taste.
8) Who is your favorite classic author?
I don’t have one yet. I’d have to study them closer to know.
9) In your opinion, what makes a classic a classic?
A classic reveals the nature of human kind. It defines, describes and brings to light man’s motives, traits and needs. It manifests the best and the worst in us. A classic portrays the human experience — the problems we face — the elements we fight — the obstacles we must hurtle — in a way that all need to understand. Most importantly, a classic is timeless. It tells a universal story that resonates with people of all backgrounds and cultures for years, maybe even centuries, after it is written.
10) Relating to newer books, what attributes does a book need to have in order to be worthy of the title “classic”?
Basically everything I touched on in the previous question. 🙂
Anyone who likes the classics! If you are interested in doing this tag then please be my guest! Even though even though the party is nearly over by now.
Now that the tag is done, I’m not sure exactly what else to do. . . So I guess I’ll just list some classics that I’ve read so far and rate them on a scale of 1 to 10 based on how much I enjoyed them. If you enjoyed any of the books on this list, feel free to fangirl about them on the comments section! 😉
- Tale of Two Cites by Charles Dickens (7)
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (8)
- Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (10)
- Knight’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer (9)
- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (6)
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (6)
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (7)
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (7)
- Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (7)
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (6)
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (5)
- Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (10)
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (7)
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (9)
- Richard III by William Shakespeare (6)
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (6)
Like I said, I haven’t really read any not-great classics so far. 😛
In the future I would like to read Lord of the Flies my William Golding. I haven’t read it yet, but I looked up the Sparknotes on it (my teacher, unlike most teachers, assigned Sparknotes articles sometimes) and it looked pretty good. So I’d like to experience it for myself.
I would also like to try Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I tried reading it once, but I didn’t finish. It was too boring for me. It was a good book so far, don’t get me wrong, but I’m more used to action-packed books rather than going to balls and talking about marriage and having tea parties and talking and talking and talking. At this point P&P fans are probably screaming at me right now. . . I don’t blame them. But I’ll try again someday! And this time I promise to commit!
I think I’ll wrap it up for now. Once again, happy second birthday to Rebellious Writing!! May the years ahead be great ones.
Hope you enjoyed!
Do Tell! Do you like the classics? Do you have a favorite? Least favorite? What are some classics that you would recommend?