Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Writer in You Blog Hop # 8

Since I just love blog hops oh so much, I decided to host one myself!

There will be no set end date to this blog hop, so whenever you find us feel free to sign up!

This is a blog hop for all you aspiring writers out there. It is a chance to meet other writers and share tips, writing, and experiences, all while gaining new followers for your loverly blog!

I host writing marathons on Saturdays on a Facebook group called Word Wars (today will be our first marathon as well as the first blog hop! Feel free to join us here anytime!). That is partially why I decided to begin The Writer in You Blog Hop; Saturdays are a great day to sit back and write. So what better way to start a Saturday writing session than with a question that makes you think about your writing? That exactly what this blog hop will be.

The Blog Hop!
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The Rules!
There are only 5 rules to this blog hop:
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5. Visit other hoppers blogs! The whole point is to meet other writers and for everyone to gain a few followers:)

The Writer in You Blog Hop!

What is your favorite classic novel and is there anything in particular you take from it that you hope to see in your own writing?

Oddly enough because I was in all the AP English classes in high school I haven't read all too many classics. I never read Romeo and Juliet, 1984, or How to Kill a Mockingbird; crazy right? As an English Literature major I'm sure I will be feeling the consequences of that this upcoming year with British Lit I and II on my course schedule. I did read books that I believe are modern classics that will survive such as The Kite Runner, which I absolutely love. So much. Everyone should read it.

I suppose my favorite classic would have to be The Catcher in the Rye. I can't say that I connected to it the way most teenagers supposedly do but I do love that book. I think the reason it is a classic, the reason most books become classics, is because the themes within it are timeless. No matter what year it is, no matter how old the book is, there will still be teenagers caught in the middle of childhood and adulthood wandering around, though metaphorically in most cases, trying to figure out what the hell they're supposed to be doing. That is something I want to see in my books. No, not aimless teenagers, but themes that people will forever be able to relate to.

I have heard/seen so many people say/post something like "people these days need to put down junk like The Hunger Games and Harry Potter and read a classic for once". I could not disagree with that statement more. I think the thing that irritates me most in the literary world, or at least is up at the top of the list, are people who believe the current classics are the only classics that exist. Just because a book has only been around for a few years right now does not mean it will not still be around in 50. Sure today's classics are rather different from something like Charles Dickens or even The Catcher in the Rye, but that does not mean they will not survive. I firmly believe that 100 years from now kids and adults alike will still be reading Harry Potter, because the themes of love and friendship are timeless; I firmly believe that is the first classic from my lifetime to be published. How about The Perks of Being a Wallflower, published in 1999? Though perhaps not quite as well known, it is destined to survive for generations. Even the Hunger Games series has a chance at it. I wish we could redefine the concept of classic literature in many people's minds who, in my opinion, have it all wrong. Classic does not mean old. Classic means timeless. Classic means it will survive. Just because today's work has not had the chance to prove it will survive the test of time, does not mean it won't.

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  1. I have no doubts that the Hunger Games and Harry Potter will be considered classics in future generations.

    Great question, made me think this morning!

  2. It's important to remember too that not all classics were well-received in their time; sometimes they were overlooked and only in later generations grew in influence and consideration. For example, Shakespeare was popular, but Christopher Marlowe was the premiere English playwright of the age - it wasn't until much later that Shapeskeare's works received the acclaim we foist onto them now.