The Classic Meme

 

Hello Clubbers!

Way back when, in 2012, the Classics Club came into being. A monthly meme was devised to bring clubbers together to chat about classics. A question was posed for you to ponder and discuss. You could write a blog post and leave the link or simply put your thoughts in the comments.

In recent times, no doubt thanks to a certain virus disrupting our regular lives, I’ve had a few requests to revive this tradition. I have struggled to keep my own blog going, let alone anything else during this time. This post contains no pressure or expectation for widespread participation. Everyone is going through their own thing right now. But if you feel like engaging in a classic bookish chat, then feel free to jump on board The Classic Meme 2.0.

The very first question in August 2012 was What is your favourite Classic? And why?’

This is the 2020 reboot.

For those of you who answered this question before, you might like to refer to your old posts and talk about any changes that have happened since that time. You could talk about your favourite Ancient Greek classic, Russian classic, #BlackLivesMatter classic or classic written by a woman. Your could discuss your favourite classic to read during a pandemic, on holiday, in summer or winter. Perhaps non-fiction classics are more your thing, so tell us about your favourite bio, history, travel or science classic.

As always, we are very relaxed about how you interpret the question.

The idea is to have fun, talk classics and get a little social.

We welcome any suggestions for future discussion topics in the comments below.

 

27 thoughts on “The Classic Meme

  1. I’ll have to think about how to answer this one, since I’ve talked about my favourite classic – Bleak House – so often my readers will go on strike if I do it again! I’ll need to think of a fresh angle… 😉

    A suggestion for a future question: What two classics from either different time periods or different locations work well together as a “compare and contrast”?

    Or: What two classics address a similar subject, but one from a female perspective and one from a male perspective, and how do they compare?

    Or: Which classic author have you read more than one, but not all, of his/her books and which of his or her other books would you want to read in the future?

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  2. My favorite book from the CC meme in 2013 was Don Quixote. I’ve read a lot of new classics from then, so I will definitely explore this question some more before I answer.

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    1. I was going to do a post, but then I can’t even find the time to write all the reviews I need to write.
      So here we go. I managed to go down t0 4 categories:
      French theme: A Moveable Feast
      American theme: Travels with Charley
      Children: Charlotte’s Web
      Scifi: The Martian’s Chronicles.
      Are these your favorites?
      Here is my 1st list of 50 classics finished (from 2016-2019): https://wordsandpeace.com/2016/01/01/the-classics-club-2016-2020/

      And by the way, I’ve already read 36 books of my 2nd list: https://wordsandpeace.com/2019/09/12/the-classics-club-2019-2024/

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    1. I suspect Middlemarch will be at the top of a number of best classics lists. If I ever reread Eliot as often as I’ve reread Austen, she might bump Peesuasion off my best of list 😄

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    2. Definitely Crime and Punishment and Age of Innocence are in my running. (I’d like to read Canary Row one of these days.) But I still have not read Middlemarch. 😦

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    1. I really struggled with WH in my early twenties. Like you said, I was expecting a romance with a hero and/or heroine. WH is not that.
      I should reread it going in expecting more of a gothic romance.

      Your post has given me food for thought too. Perhaps the love story is self-love?

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            1. Brona, I don’t know if you’ll catch my reply to Fran about her post on WH, but I know you and I had a similar disdain for it. And now look at us! I wonder…..is there a Wuthering Heights Revisiting Reread in the future?? LOL!

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    2. Well, this is difficult to say: your post on WH makes me admit something shameful….after reading it for the only time, I permitted myself in my emotional state to discard it. 😦 And now I realize (with a few years of simmering) it was really stupid of me. I hated it immediately following, but your review resonates with me and I think I need to reread it in the future. I really like your perspective and I think I could take more away from it than being blindly angry with the characters and the outcome. I did not read it deep enough. So thanks for sharing this!!!

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      1. You’re very welcome! But don’t be too hard on yourself! That’s the nice thing about books: we can always come back to them with a different mindset and try again. They’re very forgiving ! 😉 I think I a lot of people have a reaction similar to yours. I don’t think my initial response was all that different really. But I also had a that lingering sense of obsession that stuck with me and made me want to revisit it in spite of my initial feelings. I’m grateful for that feeling that sent me back to it, because I’ve found my rereads of it over the years very rewarding. But I don’t know if I’d ever quite say I “enjoy” it. It’s strange to have a favorite book that you don’t really enjoy, but it’s the way it’s worked for me.

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