Welcome

Dear Readers,

I am currently studying BA Spanish & English at the University of Leicester, England.

One of my greatest passions is literature, which I read as part of my studies and also during my leisure time.

I have read many “classics”, from Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary to Lord of the Flies by William Golding.  Despite thoroughly enjoying these literary works, published in the 19th and 20th centuries respectively, I have recently started to question what exactly constitutes a “classic” – a title we willingly accept in our daily lives; in bookshops, on the internet and as part of our curriculum. But who decides what makes a classic?

Why does a classic had to have been written over 50 or 100 years ago? What makes a classic? And why should a novel from the twenty-first century not be given the prestigious title of being a “classic”?

These are the sort of questions and discussions I would like to see raised on my blog, where I will publish reviews, exclusively on titles released in the twenty-first century. I would like to raise the profile of our modern-day novels, from varying genres, and who knows…in the future, a twenty-first century title may gain deserved recognition, and be published as a “classic”.

I look forward to reading your comments, and I hope you enjoy reading my blog,

Nathan Sherratt

6 responses to “Welcome

  1. I enjoy reading. A lot. For me a classic is a book that captures my imagination and takes me new places, exciting or otherwise. I enjoy the ride. I want to return to the story, over and over.
    Your blog is great, I’ll be back.

    • Hi Gary,

      First of all, I would like to thank you for your comment! One of my biggest aims in writing this blog was to appeal to people like yourself, and to create great discussions!

      I like your definition of a classic very much! It is very close to how I tend to define my favourite books – a story which takes me somewhere new, and which feels completely real as if I myself were witnessing the events first-hand.

      This is applicable with all genres though – if an author who writes sci-fi or fantasy (I’ve seen by the two novels you recommended to me that you like to write on the former) can do the same thing, then that is probably an even greater achievement!!

      What would you say are your top 5 books or classics??

      Kind regards,

      Nathan

  2. Brian

    Thanks for following my blog, if only so that I was able to discover yours! I’m always looking for new books to read, and it looks like I’ll find more than a few good ones here.

    I agree with you that a classic doesn’t have to be old. In fact, I like to just throw out that word completely. If I want to demonstrate some writing technique for someone, I do have my go-to books and stories, but they’re just personal choices. There are so many of them out there. How would you call one a classic and not the other?

    • Hi Brian,

      Thank you, firstly, for your comment, and also for being so complimentary; I would be very happy if I was able to inspire you to read some of the books I have reviewed.

      Maybe I am being slightly hypocritical by using the word “classics” in my blog name, because really I do not wish to segregate literature through genres, time periods or popularity. I solely use this word in an attempt to promote the books of our century, which I do not feel attain a sufficient amount of attention and recognition.

      I like your idea, that your favourites are personal choices, because a book doesn’t to be famous to mean something to you; it’s great to find a hidden gem by yourself!

      And well, I would personally say that both Zusak’s ‘The Book Thief’ and Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ are classics, because to me they have demonstrated a revolutionary literary style, and they have taken me on realistic and exciting adventures.

      Happy reading and good luck with your blog.

      Kind regards,

      Nathan

  3. You raise an interesting question, “What is a classic? I am reading the book Outliers, which raises somewhat the same question studying what makes success, and the idea of meritocracy. Who knows, YOU may be the one who determines whether a 20th or 21st century book is to be a classic! 🙂 I am following your blog. Thanks for visiting mine. 🙂

  4. Dear tchistorygal,

    You are very welcome – thank you for visiting my blog too, and for taking your time to leave some comments. It is much appreciated.

    I have had a little look at ‘Outliers’ on the internet and it sounds really interesting!! Sadly, I think success is not always deserved; for example, those books (naming no names) which are poorly written but oroduced for a mass-market readership, leading to extremely high sales, despite lacking literary quality.

    How would you personally define a classic? I understand it’s a very difficult thing to do, and that even by using the phrase ‘literary quality’, I am opening up a multitude of extra questions as to how that is defined.

    Thank you for visiting – please come back again!

    Good luck with your reading and writing.

    Best wishes,

    Nathan

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