I sort of took a week off, unintentionally, but I just got a new job and kind of have to transition from old to new. It was a necessary change, but the more the date approaches the more anxious I get. Anyway, I am back. I haven’t gone anywhere, but I’m still here.
I’ve done a little research on this particular question and also kind of got a few opinions from various people.
What makes what are known as classic books, classic?
For the most part, I’ve found and received the same kind of answer when asked this question. A classic book is a classic if it still pertains to life even to this day. I started to think about that and while I’ve not read a lot of classic books, I can see why this was a common answer.
One of my favorite classic books is The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The story is told by Ponyboy Curtis. He is what is considered a ‘Greaser’ which is considered a low class compared to the other group ‘Socs’ who are considered high class and more respectable (gag me). After he and his friend, Johnny, are jumped by the Socs one night, they flee out of the city because Johnny killed on of the Socs in self defense. In the end, the Socs and the Greasers are battling each other.
If you haven’t read this book or seen the movie, this should be required. I believe this book is still relevant to this day. For some reason, there are people who believe they are more privileged than the other and therefore are above all else, including the law. You don’t know everybody’s situation. All you see is outward appearance. Read the book.
I think I’m one of the few people that cannot get through a Jane Austen novel. I can understand why her books would be considered classics, but I can’t simply get through them. I can’t even watch the movies like Pride and Prejudice.
I believe her novels and The Outsiders will always be considered classes. I also believe there are books that have been published like Harry Potter would be considered classics years later. I’ve not read To Kill a Mockingbird but even I know that book is still important to this day and honestly…how many times is a school going to try to ban this book? Read the book! Don’t be offended just to be offended. That’s a sad life to live.
There are classic books that I CANNOT read because of my sensitivity to plots – Lolita and A Clockwork Orange. I know what they are about but you cannot pay me enough to sit and read these two books or watch the movies. I just can’t.
Tell me what makes a classic a classic to you? What’s your favorite?