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What makes a Classic, a classic?
« on: October 27, 2012, 12:27:48 pm »
What a makes classic a classic? Other than a Damm Havard Proffessor saying it is.
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Re: What makes a Classic, a classic?
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2012, 12:37:09 pm »
Given the bad initial reviews some "classics" got, I'd say probably got a lot to do with staying power, both as initial best sellers, and as things that continue to steadily sell long after the original buying surge is over.
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Re: What makes a Classic, a classic?
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2012, 08:42:45 pm »
A book the has meaning for multiple generations, which goes with staying power I guess.

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Re: What makes a Classic, a classic?
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2012, 03:49:31 am »
Alas, I don't recall where I saw it or even when, but I saw an article about how the publishers/critics/reviewers hailed the Greats of something like 50 years past.
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Re: What makes a Classic, a classic?
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2012, 08:43:51 am »
Given the bad initial reviews some "classics" got, I'd say probably got a lot to do with staying power, both as initial best sellers, and as things that continue to steadily sell long after the original buying surge is over.

Then same as now, a lot of bestsellers didn't manage to out last their time, but were simply a reflection of current taste, so, yes, staying power is important. I guess a devoted fan base that grows into parents that obnoxiously push those books on their hapless children will help, too. :D
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Re: What makes a Classic, a classic?
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2012, 12:14:51 pm »
My initial reaction is that it's something you want to experience (watch, read, etc.) over and over again. Something that continues to speak to heartfelt truths that never grow old.
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Re: What makes a Classic, a classic?
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2012, 02:05:58 pm »
My initial reaction is that it's something you want to experience (watch, read, etc.) over and over again. Something that continues to speak to heartfelt truths that never grow old.

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Re: What makes a Classic, a classic?
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2012, 09:08:51 pm »
My initial reaction is that it's something you want to experience (watch, read, etc.) over and over again. Something that continues to speak to heartfelt truths that never grow old.

You must like classics much better than I do... :)

Not really :) The things that people see as "classics" are not the ones I'd choose to see/read over and over again. Clearly some do, but I'm thinking more along the lines of "Charlie Brown's Christmas" :) The books that are considered classics, I've hardly read. I'm not a fan of pomposity in literature [pronounced lit-tra-chure]  >D
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Re: What makes a Classic, a classic?
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2012, 09:09:58 pm »
My initial reaction is that it's something you want to experience (watch, read, etc.) over and over again. Something that continues to speak to heartfelt truths that never grow old.

You must like classics much better than I do... :)

Not really :) The things that people see as "classics" are not the ones I'd choose to see/read over and over again. Clearly some do, but I'm thinking more along the lines of "Charlie Brown's Christmas" :) The books that are considered classics, I've hardly read. I'm not a fan of pomposity in literature [pronounced lit-tra-chure]  >D

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Re: What makes a Classic, a classic?
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2012, 04:21:32 am »
Same for me. :D
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Re: What makes a Classic, a classic?
« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2012, 06:03:32 pm »
My initial reaction is that it's something you want to experience (watch, read, etc.) over and over again. Something that continues to speak to heartfelt truths that never grow old.

You must like classics much better than I do... :)

Not really :) The things that people see as "classics" are not the ones I'd choose to see/read over and over again. Clearly some do, but I'm thinking more along the lines of "Charlie Brown's Christmas" :) The books that are considered classics, I've hardly read. I'm not a fan of pomposity in literature [pronounced lit-tra-chure]  >D

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Re: What makes a Classic, a classic?
« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2012, 01:55:16 am »
I'd say that what makes a classic is staying power and some kind of universal appeal that transends it's own times, so that if you pick the book up and start reading a century or two after it was published it will still be meaningful to you as a reader and not just a snap shot of the time it was written.


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