My 3 Goals in Classics Posts (AKA Why They Matter)

Hi, friends. I’ve been reading classic novels almost exclusively for over a year. What can I say? I’m not a casual reader; I study literature. Fantasy and Young Adult (aka teen love stories) are popular genres nowadays, but they’re not for me. [Though I admit to loving YA during adolescence/teen years]

I’ve made 12 “Classics” posts–10 of them are novels. Some people may wonder why I create those posts the way I do. I don’t “review” the books as in assign them a rating/rankingif I’m just describing works that have been summarized 1,000 times already, what’s the point? Allow me to explain… [Bear in mind that these goals have been refined with time…so newer posts might be better than older posts]

Below are my 3 goals with “Classics” posts.

Clarify the Beginning

Confession time: I hate starting a new book! Weird, yeah? But the reason I hate starting new books is because the beginnings usually confuse me. For the first couple chapters, I find myself flipping back and forth, trying to keep track of characters or situations being introduced, attempting to orient myself in the world of the novel. Perhaps my preference for difficult books exacerbates that issue.

This is where my summary differs from most others–I assert that if people read my post on a classic work, they will find it much easier to catch onto what is happening if they read it themselves. I consciously write the summary in a way that clarifies the beginning.

Provide Basic Summary Without Spoilers

Luckily, I don’t see them often, but I don’t understand book reviews with spoilers. If I have read the book, then even an interesting review is still a re-hash. If I haven’t read the book, I don’t want to know spoilers. Gah! Anyways, this goal is self-explanatory. As with all my posts, the time-pressed blog-hopper can skim the summary thanks to my always highlighting the most important sentences.

Provide Fun/Interesting Trivia Facts

The first half of “Classics” posts gives a basic summary of a classic novel with subtle emphasis on clarifying the beginning. The second half gives 4-5 trivia facts about the novel or the author. I intend to make this section appealing to those who have or haven’t read the novel. The trivia facts vary greatly; they may give the work real-life context, describe the author’s attitude towards the work, reveal unknown facts about the initial manuscript or publication, note screen adaptations of the work, etc. I feel that providing those additional details about a classic makes it more relevant and memorable. 

As a person who loves literature, I hope my “Classics” posts make classic works more accessible and appealing.

So, now you know what I want to accomplish with Classics posts. Do you like my approach? Thanks for reading!

13 comments

  1. Ha I thought I was the only one that got confused by book beginnings! It usually takes me a while to get the hang of a book world. And I flip back and forth trying to get things straight too.
    Looking forward to more of your classics reviews! 🙂

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  2. I enjoy your format. I’ve struggled in this manner when there are numerous characters to track. I usually start over when I find myself confused, but never really thought about it until now. I typically enjoy reading the classics, too. I’d like to branch out to reading non-English classics in the future. 💜

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  3. I have loved your classic reviews so far. I always like the trivia facts you include at the end.
    I’m totally clueless about how to write book reviews so I usually try to include a little summary with as little spoilers as possible, and then I talk about my impressions of the book and include some lines that I liked.
    All in all, I think it is important to write reviews for yourself as much as for your readers. At least that’s what I try to do so that I can go back to it in the future and see how my impressions of the book and what I take from it has changed.

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    1. Thanks, Irene! I enjoy reading yours as well. I agree that at the end of the day, your posts have to fulfill you personally/enrich your own reading or memory of the book because blogging is a hobby for most of us and we should have fun with it. 🙂

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  4. Fantastic post! And I really don’t like to be spoiled, so I think it’s great that you don’t include them. And I really like the trivia and I get what you mean about the beginnings of books (especially classics) often being confusing.

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