The Dissenter – Classic Literature

Good day, y’all.

I’d love to truly write about a classic novel, but I don’t read them–don’t like them actually. I took out The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne to read for this post, but it sits exactly where I set it weeks ago–on my dresser–untouched. Now it’s time to post a blog about some wonderful (said tongue-in-cheek) classic novel, and I’m clueless as to what to write.

I tried to take a poll on facebook. I truly wondered how many people LIKE classic novels. I had a few responses. One hundred percent are avid readers. Sixty-six percent of them like the classics. Of those who responded, sixty-six percent were writers, but twenty-five percent of the writers didn’t care for classic novels. Yes, validation! Big grin.

I don’t HAVE to like the classics to be a writer. (Betty posted a great link from her blog last week about what’s considered a classic.)

A few other thoughts I had about classic literature:

  • Are they useful to read? I think some of them are.
  • Should students in school (high school and college) be required to read certain ones? I had to, why shouldn’t they? LOL
  • Are they well-written? Mostly. I’m sure there are a few that are less than deserving, but since I haven’t read them all, or even most of them, I couldn’t say for sure.
  • Who decides what book is called a classic? This one I don’t have an answer to–the masses I guess, but that would mean certain books written in our time would be considered classics and that’s flat out WRONG!

Okay, so by now you realize that I’m the dissenter this month when it comes to posting  about classic novels. *Sigh* I do hate to disappoint, but alas…it is what it is. 🙂

Writing Prompt: Patty huffed as she sat beside Marsha. “I can’t believe Mrs. Hargrove assigned us to read a novel over our summer vacation. Doesn’t she know we have better things to do? Which one are you going to choose?”

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10 thoughts on “The Dissenter – Classic Literature

  1. As to the definition of classic, it’s one that has endured the test of time. That it’s still found significant after many many years.

    So, no one is going to be reading 50 shades of gray 100 years from now, but they will be reading To Kill a Mockingbird and Pride and Prejudice–those are classics. So currently popular literature has to remain popular after decades. I’m betting Harry Potter might become a classic, but we won’t know for awhile.

  2. Classics don’t have to be boring. As a child, I loved Dr. Seuss books, The Wind in the Willows, Peter Rabbit, Swiss Family Robinson, Secret Garden, & The Little House on the Prairie books. These are classics in every sense of the word. And I agree with Melissa. I think the Harry Potter books will take their place among the classics.

    • I’ve read many Dr. Seuss books, not as a child, but as a parent reading to a child. I have read parts of Swiss Family Robinson, and Secret Garden (I watched the movies, does that count?LOL), and a few of the Little House books (and yeah, I thought the books were boring, too *shrug*)

      And just to prove my point that I’m not much of a classic book reader, even current ones that MIGHT prove to be classics, I have not and do not plan to read the Harry Potter series.

      I hope ya’ll aren’t too disappointed in me. My classics include any book by Ronie Kendig, Mary Connealy’s Sophie’s Daughter series, or the Brides of Kincaid series, and am currently loving Susan Sleeman’s The Justice Agency series. These are books that will stay on my shelf to be reread in the future.

      Although to be honest, I have a huge number of true classics in my library including: The Scarlet Letter, Secret Garden, Swiss Family Robinson, and some more obscure ones like Dorian Gray (which I read and liked, BTW, even though it’s a bit dark).

      Ok, that’s enough of a reply. I just wanted you to know I’m not totally hopeless. 🙂

      • Never thought you were hopeless, Ginger! Everyone is entitled to their opinion and many share yours, so it is only fair that we include a dissenting opinion in our series.

  3. I love that we are having conversation on this blog! That’s what it is for. We’re all different in every way. From different parts of the country, different churches, different jobs. I feel that is our greatest strength as a team. Don’t be ashamed of your opinion. And folks, get ready for soccer in June!
    Woo hoo!

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