Classic Remarks is a meme hosted here at Pages Unbound that poses questions each Friday about classic literature and asks participants to engage in ongoing discussions surrounding not only themes in the novels but also questions about canon formation, the “timelessness” of literature, and modes of interpretation. If you’re planning to get a head start on your blog and want to participate next year, we’ve provided questions for the beginning of 2017 below. The full list will be up shortly under our “Classic Remarks” tab.
Jan. 6 What is a classic you think should be required school reading?
Jan. 13 Should Tolkien have included more female characters in The Hobbit?
Jan. 20 Do you think “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” by Geoffrey Chaucer is feminist?
Jan. 27 Do you think Severus Snape is a good person?
Feb. 3 Tell us about your favorite poem or poet.
Feb. 10 What do you think the funniest moment in Pride and Prejudice is?
Feb. 17 If you were to teach a Shakespeare text in a high school classroom and could not choose Romeo and Juliet, which play would you choose and why?
Feb. 24 Who is your favorite L. M. Montgomery hero?
March 3 What do you think of adapting classics for younger readers?
March 10 Tell us about your favorite classic graphic novel (not an adaptation of a classic but a classic of the form such as Maus).
March 17 Do you think Satan from Paradise Lost is at all a sympathetic character?
March 24 Discuss one of the changes Peter Jackson made from the book while adapting The Lord of the Rings. What did this change add to or take away from the story?
March 31 What’s a somewhat obscure classic you wish more people would read?