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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Thoughtful Thursday: What is a Classic?

Pam over at Reading Is Fun Again started this meme to get a book blogger thoughts on a few bookish things.  You know how much I love sharing my thoughts/opinions on stuff, so I thought it would be perfect to add my two cents in too! And stop by Pam's blog to see her new and cute blog design.
I created Thoughtful Thursday, because bookish thoughts kept popping up in my mind while reading, and I wanted to explore these questions and get your opinions too! -From Reading Is Fun Again

  Thoughtful Thursday Question 

What is a classic book in your eyes? Does it need to be printed before a certain year? Is the definition of a classic a moving target in today's age?

My Answer

 This is a hard question.  Hmmmm.... I think there are a few things that make a book a "classic" in my eyes.  Off the top of my head, here are the hoops of fire a book has to jump through to get the title of CLASSIC!
1.  It has to be written about a subject or person everyone can relate to.  (ie. love, teenage girl growing up, new adventures.)
2.  The book has to make a statement about something (ie. society, politics)
3.  The characters have to learn something, grow from an experience, or be changed in some way.  
4.  It has to stand the test of time.  This is a big one because if the book is relevant in 1800 and complete foreign to readers now then it's not (in my opinion a classic)  Books that are relevant then and now seem to hold up to the title of Classic.
5.  The book has to be interest.  This one is totally subject to personal opinion.  There will always be groups of readers who will love it and other that will not but overall it needs to be interesting. (ie. love stories, adventure stories) 
6.  Last but not least it has to be a hit when it comes out the gate.  I think the popular a book is in the beginning (or controversial) the more likely it will make the 100 year mark (see #4)

Here are a few classics that have jumped through the firey hoops and landed a perfect 10.
http://amzn.to/15CdyrOhttp://amzn.to/1mZ7gKAhttp://amzn.to/1f1R6uC

 Here are a few modern books I think might make it to the classic list one day in the far future.
http://amzn.to/15wSFqUhttp://amzn.to/YdW1ic
http://amzn.to/1446X4ghttp://amzn.to/1fb8aK3

 What do you think makes a book a Classic?

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