And this is what I find:
|(this is just two shelves worth of books....I think a small child may have been swallowed up in there)|
Anyway, this brings me to a topic brought up by a friend who had an infuriating (yet totally awesome and lively) debate with another friend about what constitutes a "classic", and are all classics crap because they were written by a bunch of old white males?
What defines a "classic"? Does it have to be written pre-1980, by an old white dude, with tons of literary metaphors and a huge moral at the end that you kind of have to figure out by yourself?
Or can it be an urban contemporary that threatens to break that fine line between fiction and reality?
Or is it just a bestseller- that book that EVERYONE owns, and has sold a million copies?
And...must a book be contested or banned before it earns the right to be called a classic?
My answer is- I have no idea. Can we even decide what a classic would be today? Can we really sit down and say "This book is going to be a classic."? It's so subjective- what one person thinks is a great work of literature, another thinks is a piece of crap. Plus, how long do we have to wait before it earns that all-powerful recognition of being a CLASSIC?
This industry is just too subjective. It's too opinionated. It can't be put in a definite black and white, this-is-the-best-book-ever-and-you-are-wrong-if-you-don't-like-it category. That's why, when you are looking for an agent, or an editor, your book may not speak to the first 50 agents you query. But that 51st agent? She might totally get your voice, and want to read that book so much that she doesn't eat or sleep for a whole day. So how can we decide what a "classic" is and what isn't?
Anyway, since I couldn't find any banned books or classics to read in that book black hole (I'm sure they're in there somewhere), I found this at the library:
|Two male penguins fall in love and decide they want to have a baby|
Happy Banned Books Week!