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 had a great year for Classic Remarks in 2020, and we’re coming back with more prompts for 2021. For those who like to plan their posts ahead, here is a sneak peek of the upcoming schedule. You can also answer past questions whenever you like. Those questions can be found on our “Classic Remarks” page.
How to Participate
Check the schedule below for upcoming prompts, and write a post on your own blog answering the question!
Come back to Pages Unbound on the scheduled day and leave the link to your post in the comments of our post. (Leaving links in the comments has simply been easier than trying to use some sort of “Linky.”)
You can also “unofficially” answer the question in the comments section here at Pages Unbound, even if you don’t schedule a post on your own blog.
And if you like a past prompt that you missed, feel free to simply post it as a discussion post on your own blog and link back to us!
Discussion Prompts for the First Half of 2021
January 8: What do you think of graphic novel adaptations of classic novels? What makes one successful? Or what makes one not work? Do you have any to recommend?
January 15: Who are some of your favorite classic mystery writers?
January 22: What is a classic book you are afraid to pick up? Why?
January 29: Why do you think people tend to ignore Shakespeare’s collaborators and speak as if Shakespeare always wrote alone?
February 5: What is your opinion of prequels or sequels written for classic works that are out of copyright (i.e. not written by the original author)? Should authors be able to use other writers’ characters and plots for their “own” stories? Are there any classic prequels or sequels you recommend?
February 12: Who are some of your favorite classic couples?
February 19: Do you think genre books receive the respect they deserve, even if they are considered classics?
February 26: Should high school readers be assigned classic books that were originally written for an adult audience?
March 5: Which Sherlock Holmes work should someone start with if they have never read a Holmes mystery before?
March 12: What classic book(s) should get a graphic novel adaptation?
March 19: Is there a classic book you just “didn’t get?”
March 26: Recommend a classic from the Middle Ages.
April 2: What are some poems you enjoy from classic authors?
April 9: Who is your favorite Austen heroine? Or hero?
April 16: What classic work do you love for its prose?
April 23: What relevance does Shakespeare have today?
April 30: Recommend a diverse classic.
May 7: Is there a period of literature that you think gets overlooked when classics are discussed? Why or why not?
May 14: What is the first classic you remember loving?
May 21: What classic works do you always recommend?
May 28: Why do you think Anne of Green Gables still speaks to contemporary readers?
June 4: What are some classic series you love?
June 11: What are some classics on your TBR list? Why?
June 18: Which one of Charles Dickens’ works is your favorite?
June 25: If you could change the ending of one classic book, what would it be and why?