Featured Post of the Month: September!

 This Month’s Featured Post comes from O Délaissé!

Post Title: Reading the Classics

Post Summary:

“This is a post about why one of our clubbers reads the classics.  She contemplates whether or not it is relaxing — and whether or not it should be (in her journey).”

Excerpt:

“Reading stirs up so much emotion it is overwhelming, and cannot be contained; and so we blog about it. We share on Twitter, Tumblr, or our blogs, because we literally cannot contain our excitement, thrills, or even upset. What a good book can do to us…. Like Charlotte said, the effects of “the wicked wit of Mitford? The cutting observations of Woolf? The universal truths of Austen?” How easy, really, is it to go to sleep after a marvellous book? I swear reading some of George Eliot was like a religious experience, so full of wisdom and so full of “Yes!”. Things I knew and things I ought to have known and do now, and thank heavens because it makes things a little bit easier.”

Head on over to O Délaissé to read the rest of this month’s Featured Post!

Also, be sure to nominate your favorite posts from the last month to be considered for October’s Featured Post of the Month.

Featured Post of the Month: August!

This Month’s Featured Post comes from Juli at A Universe in Words!

Post Title: “Why? Sexual Rewrites of Classics”

Post Summary:

I wrote this post, which almost turned into an angry rant, after seeing the Channel 4 News talk about classic novels such as ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘Pride & Prejudice’ being rewritten but with added sexual content due to the public’s new fascination with novels such as ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. I think it is relevant because it immediately touches upon people’s favourite classics and the post has triggered some passionate replies!

Excerpt:

“I believe that there is a fundamental difference between novels such as ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’, ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘Moby Dick’ or ‘A Christmas Carrol’ and books such as ‘Twilight’ and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. The former are classics which means that throughout the years and decades these novels have proven they have a pull and are attractive to people from every generation. They make the reader think, question him, even if the reader isn’t aware of it immediately. They have the ability to be more than entertainment. The latter are fads, they are novels that garner interest, become a craze, cause a whole mountain of similar books to be written and then the public is interested in something else and the process starts again. It is a momentary pleasure.”

Head on over to A Universe in Words to read the rest of this month’s Featured Post!

Also, be sure to nominate your favorite posts from the last month to be considered for September’s Featured Post of the Month.