Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Genre: Classic Literature (Classics)

Each day during Armchair BEA, we will be looking at a different genre. This will give like minded fans of each genre an opportunity to find each other and discuss their favorite books. Today we’ll look at classic literature. Yes, I realize that “classics” is not a genre (though there are classics within a genre), but let’s just pretend.

Classics are the books that stand out within the genre. They’ve been around for a long time. They may have even begun a genre, like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; where would the sci-fi genre be without Victor Frankenstein’s monster? They are the books that are praised, studied, and loved by generations. They might have been a favorite in school, or would have been if you hadn’t had to write that ten page essay on symbolism. They are the epitome of what a writer can do. Many a writer has been inspired by them, and jealous of them too. Sometimes misunderstood, they might have been underrated by critics at the time of publishing, but they found their place. They are the comfort books of many readers. The books readers return to again and again.

Fans of classics love them for their universal themes, their understanding of the human condition, the writing, and sometimes for reasons that can’t be explained. Why, reader, do you love classics?

Today, tell us all the reasons why you love classic literature. What are your favorite classics? If you could give a list of classics to someone who claims to hate them to make them change their mind, what would be on it? How would you convince them to give classics a try? And why do you keep coming back to those old favorites?

So, classics fans, here’s your chance and your day to discuss your favorites and find new classic loving friends. Link up here.


  1. For me Pride and Prejudice is always the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions Classic reads! I love Jane Austin!

    Sometimes I think I should have been born in that era instead of this one!

  2. I sort of lumped my intro with my Classics post, so you'll see the same link in both places. But I do so much with the classics that it only makes sense!

  3. I have a confession, I think I've only read classics that I was required to read when I was in school. I really need to learn to give them a chance!

    1. I hope you do, Amber! Some books have seemed completely new and different (and much better!) when I've given them a second chance.

    2. I agree with Chris, Amber. Go for it. :)

  4. Totally enjoyed writing this post and thinking about all the classics I've enjoyed over the years.

  5. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Love that wedding cake scene!