Weekly Tea Discussion: Classics

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What is a classic?

Well, here is how Oxford Dictionary defines it:

As an adjective:

Judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind:”

And as a noun:

A work of art of recognized and established value:

I think these definitions reflect the same sentiments that are portrayed in society. Bookstores set aside classic books in their very own book display. Barnes & Noble has their very own line of books classified as “Barnes & Noble Classics”, a collection of books that the company publishes in their own editions and formats. The same goes with Random House’s imprint “Modern Library Classics” and “Bantam Classics”. See, from booksellers to publishers all across the world set aside certain books that they deemed to be classics.

But my question for this week’s discussion: what makes a book a classic?
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Day 29: Five Books I Should Like (But I Really, Really Can’t)

  1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain  -Twain was quoted for saying “Every time I read “Pride and Prejudice” I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.” Well, Twain, every time i read any of your work, I want to bash your skull in. This work was the most tedious, boring, and racist work I have ever read.
  2. Tess of the D’urbervilles  by Thomas Hardy –While I was reading this I was thinking, “why does he hate women?” This is one of the most depressing books I’ve ever read. But I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. I’m interested in reading Far From the Madding Crowd so maybe my opinion of him will improve.
  3. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens I want to lump all Dickens’ work except The Christmas Carol in this category. I feel this one was unnecessarily long. But I want to read A Tale of Two Cities so I think I’m going to give him one more chance.
  4. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad-*Shaking my head* I just…can’t. This is the worst of them all. I had to force myself to keep my open.
  5. The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins  -There are probably a lot of people who can’t believe I’m even suggesting this series. But I just couldn’t really get into it. The narrative was incomprehensible. It’s not that I don’t like Katniss, she’s a great role model. But there were times I wanted to take the bow and arrow and kill Katniss myself so we can make the games and the story go by a little faster.

This is Day 29 of the 30 Day Writing Challenge.

Day 14: Fashion of Book Characters

 

Today’s challenge asks me what I wore today. Since taking a picture of myself was a disaster this morning (too bright outside so the picture didn’t come out so clear), I thought I post my response with a little twist. Instead of boring you guys with what I wore today, let’s admire popular book characters’ fashion sense.  This is a book blog after all!

Also, don’t be surprised at seeing a lot of regency fashions here. I just love simplicity and the style of it! 🙂

These gorgeous dresses are perfect for reading and your morning breakfast.

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The perfect outfit for roaming the countryside…

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Or to a fellow neighbor’s dinner party…

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A beautiful ball gown to dance with that special someone…

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Or maybe you need a special dress to go down a certain rabbit hole

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Alice in Wonderland, 2010 (Disney)

 

Maybe you need an outfit to have a rebellion

 

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Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) The Hunger Games, 2012

Or to fight against dark forces.

 

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Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) Harry Potter

 

Whatever your activity, all these fashions can meet you everyday needs.

But if really want to see me in some type of fashion here is one picture that will be satisfactory:

At Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton
At Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton

 

This Day 14 of the 30 Day Writing Challenge.