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Monday, August 19, 2019

It's So Classic Tag!


Rebellious Writing is celebrating two years of blogging, and are hosting the It's So Classic Blog Party!
Awesome, right? Classics are some of my favorite books so I'm excited to fill out their tag, but it will also be really hard!

It's So Classic Tag:
1. Link your post to Rebellious Writing (http://www.rebelliouswriting.com/)
2. Answer the questions
3. Tag at least 5 bloggers.

1.What is one classic that hasn’t been made into a movie yet, but really needs to?

*cracks knuckles* Now, this is my kind of question. The thing is, I know that there are a lot of film adaptations of classics that I haven't seen yet. I'm just going to copy Nicole and say the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia books. I love them so much! Movies of The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician's Nephew, and The Last Battle would be so great! As long as they don't mess them up! Make them like how they made The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.

2.What draws you to classics?

(Note: Most of the classics that I read were written before 1900, so that is what I'm talking about.)
Whenever I am having a reading slump, or can't find any good books I go back to the classics because I know that there is a point, a message, or a moral. I know that I can find a story that will teach me something.

3.What is an underrated classic?

North & South - by Elizabeth Gaskell! I just read it this year, thanks to a friend's suggestion, and I LOVED IT SO MUCH. Ah! But, no one has ever heard of it! Every time I mention it people ask, "Oh, is it set during the Civil War?" The question makes sense, but no, it is set in England, now go read it.

4.What is one classic that you didn’t expect to love, but ended up loving anyway?

Well, I don't love it, but I was expecting to hate Frankenstein - by Mary Shelly, but it actually is really thought provoking. The characters do some really bad things that makes you want to pull your hair out, but that is the point. It shows that there are consequences to your actions, and that if all you show someone is hate, you will turn them into a monster.

5.What is your most favorite and least favorite classics?

No! This question is way too hard! Pick one favorite out of all of the many that I love?? Fine, I'll decide.:
Most favorite: Anne of Green Gables - by L. M. Montgomery. It is so beautiful! (It is also my favorite book of all time).
Least favorite: Candide - by Voltare. It is terrible.

6.What is your favorite character from a classic? Or if that is too hard, one is your favorite classic character trope (e.g. strong and silent, quiet sidekick, etc.)

(This was the hardest. question. ever.)
Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Ever since I started The Hobbit, I loved him. I actually wrote a post about him HERE (It was one of my first, so don't judge.).

7.What’s a popular classic that you felt wasn’t actually that great?

Popular? I know that 2001: A Space Odyssey - by Arthur C. Clarke is really famous, but it is so long, not a lot happens, and it is very confusing. Not my favorite.

8.Who is your favorite classic author?

Jane Austen, of course!

9.In your opinion, what makes a classic a classic?

"A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say." 
~ Italo Calvino

10.Relating to newer books, what attributes does a book need to have in order to be worthy of the title “classic”?

As I said in question #2, there has to be a deeper meaning. When reading books like A Tale of Two Cities - by Charles Dickens, and To Kill a Mockingbird - by Harper Lee, I thought that they were super boring. It was only after I finished them, and I sat back, just thinking about the stories, did I realize how truly amazing they were, and are now two of my favorites. I am currently reading Agnes Grey - by Anne Brontë, and I think that the first line in there sums up what a lot of newer books are:
'All true histories contain instruction; though, in some the treasure may be hard to find, and when found so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut.'
Whereas, to be a classic, the message or theme might be hard to find, but when you do, it is so great, you'll never forget it.

Okay, rant over.

And I tag:
Kara Lynn
Megan Chappie

I don't know how much you guys like classics, so only do it if you want to!

Happy Blogoversary to Rebellious Writing!

Thank you so much for reading! What do you think of my answers?



  1. Ahhh!!! I love North & South!! It is VERY underrated! And I've never read Agnes Grey, but I listened to an audiobook version of it and I really enjoyed it! Great answers, MC!


    1. Eeee!! Yes, it is so lovely!! I'm always trying to tell people about it. Now I want to see the BBC mini series! IAgnes Grey is good so far! It has been really easy to read! Thanks, Ceci!

  2. North & South! YES!!
    And I love that quote <33

    1. *high five* It is the best!!
      Me, too! It is so true!! <3

  3. ACK! This is so great!! Anne of Green Gables, Narnia, and Tolkien's books are some of my favorites...and To Kill a Mockingbird and A Tale of Two Cities, SUCH good examples of slow-at-first-sight-but-totally-rewarding classics. *hugs this tag* And I really, REALLY need to get my hands on North and South, apparently...

    Thanks for tagging me!!!

    1. Those books are so beautiful! I am so glad that I read them and get to talk about them with other people! Right? Now that I know the stories of those two, I feel like I will get even more out of them when I reread! Yes, you truly do! I'm sure that you'll love it!

      Sure thing! I can't wait for your answers!

  4. Okay, so I think we need to start a petition to make the rest of the Narnia movies. XD

    I’m amazed you already did this tag! I loved reading your answers!

    1. We totally should! They would be so great and more people would know about them! XD

      Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

  5. LOL! I have gotten the Civil War question about N&S before, too! (It is a little irritating how underrated it is. Read W&D next, 'cause that one is, too!!)

    Loved your answer for the last question--very true. :)

    1. Really? Okay, so it's not just me. ;) Because it is so unknown, it took me forever to get a copy of it (which was really frustrating!). Oh, I will as soon as I can!! :)

      Thanks! I love every opportunity to use book quotes. :)

  6. I loved North and South, I've read it three times, I feel like I'm due for a fourth, but I wonder if I will still love it?

    I expected to be frightened by Frankenstein instead, I was disgusted . . . by the shockingly poor writing.

    1. Whoa, three times! That's awesome! I don't reread a lot of books, but when I do you know that I love it. I'm sure that you'll still enjoy it!

      Oh, I agree with that, the writing is so tedious!! Ugh, it took me forever to read! The message was interesting, but I would like it a lot better if the writing wasn't so bad.


  8. Great answers! I need to reread North and South soon.

    1. Thanks, Olivia! You should! I feel like rereading it, too!

  9. I really need to read that Ann Bronte book and that North and South! Thanks! Here's mine. https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2019/08/30/tcl-joins-the-2019-its-so-classic-blog-party/

    1. Agnes Grey was, in my opinion, a little dull, but had some really interesting writing, and North and South is one of my favorites, so I definitely think you should try it! Thanks!

  10. "Most favorite: It is beautiful.
    Leat favorite: It was terrible"
    haha, cracked me up! Also, yes. Make Narnia movies .. but only if they are made as Lewis would want them.

    MB: keturahskorner.blogspot.com
    PB: thegirlwhodoesntexist.com

    1. Haha, I didn't realize that I had done that! I have a wide range a feelings towards classics I guess. ;p Exactly! If they are going to mess them up they shouldn't make them, but if they have the same message and beauty that Lewis intended, YES PLEASE!


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