"That leads me to think that the novels that are still worthy of being classics are those that feel the pressure to tell a rousing story, like A Christmas Carol. The timeless classics are those that have relevance not only from their themes and…"
"While it is definitely difficult to define what makes a book able to be considered a "classic", I feel that most of the generally accepted classics are good only as commentary on history. In that sense, I think a lot of the classics have…"
"I don't think it is just for one person to decide what a classic is, its really decided on a group of people. I am all with you when you say Great Expectations was not one of his better books, but someone can argue for it.
But at the same time…"
"I think basically a book is classic if a large number of people like it, but more specifically it has to have a theme that many people find important, perhaps because they can relate to it, or because it addresses an issue or other way of life that…"
"I agree and believe that classics are titled such because of their social/contextual importance which does make them harder to understand/enjoy if you're only taking everything at face value. I know when I first read The Catcher in the Rye I…"
"Well......I try not to judge a book by its cover, or its content. While some people might love one book, others might hate it. For example, last month, I had to read The Awakening by Kate Chopin, and My AP Lit class loved it, but I loathed it.…"
"This was an essay question on the ACT, haha. Interesting..
Anyway, is it possible that classics are made classics because they were A) revolutionary at the time they were written? I guess Hemingway can be classified as an old white guy, but 'A…"
"Brand new to the group, but I'm eager to participate...
While I would agree that many classics are placed on that list because they made a transfiguring point, I think that that feature falls under a broader rule. I'm not going to try and…"
"There's a really huge problem with this actually, because generally books considered classics are by old white guys.
That said, I think most classics are classics because they have a transfiguring point to make, i.e., something that…"
"I think one of the reasons a lot of unworthy books get called "classics" is the human population's obsession with seniority. the older things are the more we respect them it is an unjust and annoying system that rates things by age…"
"I want to succeed this year but I'm so afraid I'm going to have to settle for a really good try. I've got four kids, I'm homeschooling my eldest for the first year this year, and I've NEVER written anything close to…"
My method of fighting for awesome is in writing, blogging, spoken word poetry, and excellent conversation. Sometimes I sing, and a lot of times I dance, but I'm certainly not proficient at either.
I'm married (my husband is the best),
I have four kids (currently 5, 3, 2, and 3 months),
and I keep busy!
Favorite Books, Movies, Music, and more
My interests are widespread and varied. I find "favorites" easiest to explain using genres, but I don't want to delve that deeply. I like "cult classic" movies like "The Princess Bride" and "The Goonies" but I also like A&E's 2-part "Pride & Prejudice," "Shawshank Redemption," "Remember the Titans," and "Newsies." I don't do horror.
For books, I have my childhood favorites such as "Harriet the Spy," The Chronicles of Narnia, and the Emily Starr trilogy by L.M. Montgomery. I also love Cornelia Funke's trilogy, most of Tamora Pierce's books, and the Ranger's Apprentice series. Douglas Adams is another favorite author, as is P.G. Wodehouse. Sometimes I delve into the sci-fi world a bit without much discretion (just whatever captures my interest). I like nonfiction as well when it comes to books on writing, books on the godly purpose of sex, books on the myth of overpopulation, books on theology/doctrine, books on God, and the occasional biographies. I need to read more biographies. I don't do romance novels.
My music depends on what I need to do at the moment. I reminisce with Billy Joel, dance with the BlackEyed Peas, rock with P!nk, worship with Relient K and Kim Walker (jesusculture), sing with Nicole C. Mullen, and work with a hodgepodge of sounds from techno to celtic to my current obsession--classical instruments with a hip-hop twist (ala Nuttin' But Stringz).
Randomly, I am also interested in ceramics (although I haven't had time for it in years *sadness*), exercise, yardwork/gardening (I'm a noob, though), and basically learning ALL I can manage about anything at all.
What's your favorite thing to put on your head?
A happy, giggling baby
If you could do your happy dance with anyone who would it be with?
I like the Knights of "Knee"? I don't know if that's how they would spell it but that's how it sounds haha. Plus some of the dialogue is just super funny. Unfortunately, I'm basically the only one at school who has seen The Holy Grail so I have no one to watch it with but my family haha.
http://autumnrainfiction.yolasite.com/ Here's my fiction site... If you ever get bored and want to edit, feel free too! "Moving On" Is the cuurrently only finished one that I would consider publishing.
Hello! I was reading your favorite things and I saw that your one of your favorite movies was "The Princess Bride". Can I just say that I am in LOVE with that movie. Have you seen "The Holy Grail"? That is also a classic :)