Do you remember your first classic read?
Today’s Liebster question comes from melodyspen @ A.C. Melody:
What was the first classic you ever recall reading?
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I suppose that depends upon how we define a classic. If it’s something thick and dusty with a Russian author’s name on it, then I can guarantee that I’ve never read it, and now I may never find the time (sorry Tolstoy – no time to read your classic, originally titled War: What is it Good For?.) However, I’m certain that most of us are way more liberal with the way we apply the term “classic”, especially when it comes to books. It’s probably widely read, even if only among literary farts who think Moby Dick is a cracking good read. It’s probably been adapted several times as well. the author will be well-known and well-respected in their time, as well as by their readers.
So I could count Doctor Seuss, right? I used to read Green Eggs and ham just like any other kid. Then there’s Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein’s classic collection of silly poetry; my favorite was always the story of Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout. I might be able to count the Hardy Boys, although such pulp might be reasonably disqualified as classics per se.
The first classic I remember reading that wasn’t distinctly for children, though, was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I think I started reading it because I had seen the BBC’s 1979 animated adaptation of the book, but very soon I found myself enthralled with the different forces at play, and the strangely different experiences each character had of Narnia and they ways they accessed the world. Very soon I found myself reading through the second book and then the third book in the series, and then I received the entire seven-volume series as a box set. I read them all several times through and became so knowledgeable about them that I began to keep them boxed in chronological order, rather than the published order they came in.
Here’s a fun fact that you may not know: C.S. Lewis was good friends with J.R.R. Tolkien. They were in a very small writing club together, and although Lewis’ inspiration was more religious in tone I wonder at why I was never able to get very far into the Hobbit when I was younger, because the Middle Earth stuff carries very strong themes related to the natural world, which I’ve always very much aligned with. Still, the Narnia series is very interesting in that way too, because we often find these kids trapped indoors and then finding a way to this great, adventurous, magical land of outdoors,where they get to participate in world politics in ways that would never be allowed by the adults in our world.
I should read those books again.
So in conclusion, this is how you answer the Daily Post prompt like a rebel (which is something I love to do!):
1. Write your post.
2. Don’t answer the question.
This post was prompted in part by today’s Daily Post prompt and this week’s Daily Post writing challenge. .