In 2016, we started a weekly Friday meme here at Pages Unbound called Classic Remarks. The hope was to inspire discussions not only about aspects of classic works of literature, but also about canon formation, the “timelessness” of literature, and modes of interpretation. We’re starting that meme back up in May 2020!
To get you started on your discussion posts, here is a sneak peek of the upcoming schedule. You can also answer past questions whenever you like. Those can be found on our “Classic Remarks” page.
Upcoming Classic Remarks Discussion Starters
May 1 What is a classic you loved when you were younger, but feel differently about now?
May 8 What classic did you love when you were younger—and you still love now?
May 15 Which of the Brontë sisters’ work is your favorite? Why?
May 22 Which YA books would you like to see become classics and why?
May 29 Why do you think some individuals believe in the Shakespeare authorship “controversy” even though the scholarly consensus is that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare?
June 5 What classic did you read in school and end up loving?
June 12 What are some lesser-known works by a classic author you think people should read?
June 19 Charlotte’s Web took the number one spot on the School Library Journal’s 2012 list of Top 100 chapter books. Why do you think this book continues to appeal to readers?
June 26 What advice would you give to someone hesitant to read classics?
July 3 Do you prefer Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys? Why?
July 10 Tell us about a classic picture book you love for the illustrations.
July 17 During her life, Frances Hodgson Burnett received more acclaim for Little Lord Fauntleroy than for The Secret Garden. Today the reverse is true. What do you think prompted the change?
July 24 What is your favorite musical based on a classic novel?
July 31 Who is your favorite character in The Lord of the Rings?
August 7 What classic do you read—and love—because it was recommended to you?
August 14 What classic work should get a film/TV adaptation?
August 21 Tell us about your favorite Roald Dahl novel.
August 28 Recommend a diverse classic.
September 4 Do you think readers should sympathize with Paolo and Francesca in Dante’s Inferno?
September 11 How do you interpret the ending of Lois Lowry’s The Giver?
September 18 What is a contemporary book you think might become a classic? Or should become a classic?
September 25 What classic changed your life?