The It's So Classic Blog Party hosted by Rebellious Writing comes complete with a tag! And since I'm reading War and Peace right now and am only a little over 500 pages into my 1300-page copy and don't have any book reviews to write right now as a result, a tag is exactly what I need. Here goes!
1. Link your post to Rebellious Writing
2. Answer the questions
3. Tag at least 5 bloggers.
What is one classic that hasn’t been made into a movie yet, but really needs to? The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I insist that Michael Fassbender play Barney Snaith, and I'd like Elizabeth Henstridge to play Valancy Stirling, please.
What draws you to classics?
The fact that they've both stood the test of time and have influenced others. I enjoy reading classics for their meaty goodness and for what I can learn from them.
What is an underrated classic?
Most people seem to think of Northanger Abbey as somehow lesser than Jane Austen's bigger, more serious novels, but it is chock full of all the things I love about her writing: wry wit and satire that make me laugh and well-developed characters to befriend.
What is one classic that you didn’t expect to love, but ended up loving anyway?
I thought that War and Peace was going to be really hard to follow and fairly boring. It's neither. I'm not sure I'd say I love it yet -- I want to get to the end and see how it all turns out before I can settle that question. But I'm definitely enjoying it, and I didn't really expect to do that.
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What is your most favorite and least favorite classics?
Most favorite = Jane Eyre, which is also my favorite book of all time. Least favorite = Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. You can read my review to see why it makes me crabby.
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What is your favorite character from a classic? Sherlock Holmes. Mmmmm, Sherlock Holmes.
What’s a popular classic that you felt wasn’t actually that great?
I am not a fan of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I adore The Lord of the Rings and have read it eight times so far, but... The Hobbit irks me. I don't like the condescending narration, a lot of it is rather silly, and it lacks focus. I've read it three times now, and nope. Not my thing.
Who is your favorite classic author? It's a three-way tie between Jane Austen, A. Conan Doyle, and Lucy Maud Montgomery.
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In your opinion, what makes a classic a classic?
On my Classics Club page, I give my personal definition of a "classic" as being a book that is more than 50 years old, well-known (or by a well-known author), and influential on society or other writers.
Relating to newer books, what attributes does a book need to have in order to be worthy of the title “classic”?
Those same things. There are a lot of modern books that I think will be considered classics one day, but right now... they're not classics yet.
I hereby tag these five bloggers to play along if they want: