#SaveTheClassics

Hiii! I borrowed the idea for today’s post from The Orang-utan Librarian. This tag is all about celebrating classic works of literature, something I would definitely like to see more of in the book blogging community. As The Orang-utan Librarian said, classics-bashing seems to be in vogue right now and it makes me SO. ANNOYED.

There’s no denying that some classic books are awful – either because their writing style is practically unreadable or because they espouse extremely prejudiced views. Buuuuut… the same can be said of many modern books too. There’s this misconception in the book blogging world that classic books are A) boring, B) difficult, and C) not worth your time. But if you just give them a chance, you’ll see that they can be very different from what you expect.

Getting off my soapbox now…

I’m very excited to do this tag and hope you are just as excited to read it!

What is your favorite classic book?

I adore Bram Stoker’s Dracula with all my heart. I read it in ninth grade for a British literature course. I love the epistolary method of storytelling and I love how suspenseful this novel is!

If your life was a classic, what would it be?

I think The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, because I’m lonely and love plants and exploring. I read that book over and over in middle school.

Which writer from the past would you like to have dinner with?

OSCAR WILDE! He is my gay dad and I love him a whole lot. He’s funnier than any modern writer I’ve ever come across! Do you ever get frustrated because a famous person you admire died long before you were born and so you never had a chance in hell of meeting them? Because I do.

Which classic literary character best describes you?

Idk. Maybe Hamlet? Because he’s depressed and overly dramatic and loves books. #me

(Hamlet seems like the type of person who would ironically put #me on like everything he posts.)

What is the first classic that you read?

I mean, my first introduction to the classics came in the form of an abridged version of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, but I wouldn’t count that. It was probably… one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes short stories? My second-grade teacher had illustrated versions of some of the detective’s most famous cases: I remember reading “The Red-Headed League” and “A Scandal in Bohemia” and “The Final Problem.”

Which classic book would be the best gift?

I had to think about this for a while because there are sooo many I would recommend tbh… but I think this would be the best choice, particularly for someone who’s not sure they can handle classics! Treasure Island is filled with action, mystery and, of course, BURIED TREASURE. Although the concept of special books for children, let alone YA, hadn’t yet been invented, it was written for a younger audience so is super readable and fast-paced!

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I’m tagging:

And as always, feel free to participate whether or not I tagged you. (Or ignore this tag, if you so choose.)

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What is your favorite classic book? Tell me about a time you struggled with a classic but persisted until the end. (Great job, by the way!)

P.S. Hit me up if you ever want a classic rec! Just let me know what type of story you’re looking for and I’ll see what I can do.

About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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3 Responses to #SaveTheClassics

  1. ooh I’m glad you did this 😀 I also can’t stand classics bashing!! Ooh I love Secret Garden 😀 And I always pick Oscar Wilde as the author I’d most like to have met- I mean, if I had a time machine of course 😉 I just think he’d be so much fun! hehe as to whether I’ve wanted to meet dead authors: All. The. Time. hehe you’re probably right about Hamlet 😉 Love what you did with this post!

  2. orphu44 says:

    I’ve never read The Secret Garden, or Sherlock Homes, or Robinson Crusoe.
    My favourite classic book is Ivanhoe, at the moment. With honourable mentions to The Three Musketeers and Notre Dame de Paris and The Faerie Queene. And possibly others that’ll occur to me later.
    I slogged through Sons & Lovers and it wasn’t extraordinarily worth it. It reminded me of The Red and the Black (Red & Black? whichever the title is), except slightly less entertaining.
    And ooh, *I* would like a book recommendation! For the type of story that’s similar to Ivanhoe/The 3 Musketeers/Notre Dame de Paris/The Faerie Queene/the other books that’ll occur to me later, please.

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