Classic Remarks: Which classic book should have a sequel?

Which classic book do you wish had a sequel, and why? In trying to brainstorm a list for this post, I was assaulted by the feeling that I have not read enough of the classics of world literature. Which classic book do I wish had a sequel? First off, which classic books have I actually … Continue reading Classic Remarks: Which classic book should have a sequel?

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Classic Remarks: Is the Phantom of the Opera abusive or romantic?

Is the Phantom of the Opera abusive or romantic? (You can discuss the musical or the book version, or the differences between the two.) Ugh, this guy. Let me be upfront: my judgment is on Joel Schumacher’s 2004 Phantom of the Opera movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical. I haven’t seen any other film … Continue reading Classic Remarks: Is the Phantom of the Opera abusive or romantic?

Classic Remarks 3: Is “Romeo and Juliet” a tragic love story or ironic comedy?

Is Romeo and Juliet a tragic love story or an ironic comedy? Should we take the play seriously when its protagonists are so young? Having not the time to read the play again and do the sort of long, hard analysis I used to struggle over in college, I beg you to accept my quick … Continue reading Classic Remarks 3: Is “Romeo and Juliet” a tragic love story or ironic comedy?

Classic Remarks 2: Does Jane Austen belong in the literary canon?

Some argue Jane Austen writes “fluff” and others argue she belongs in the canon because she writes witty social commentary.  Do you think Austen belongs in the canon? Why or why not? Some people are bozos whose literary ears are clogged with the fluff of snobbishness (as opposed to the stuff of flobbishness, which I … Continue reading Classic Remarks 2: Does Jane Austen belong in the literary canon?

Classic Remarks 1: Is “Jane Eyre”’s Rochester an attractive brooder or dangerous manipulator?

Is Jane Eyre’s Rochester an attractive and brooding love interest, or dangerously manipulative? Right. So I’ve never read anything by Charlotte Brontë. Krysta gives her answer here, no doubt intelligent, truthful, eloquent, and informed by the book. My answer will be (mis?)informed by Google Image Search. Hmm. Dark mane of slightly greasy hair that sometimes … Continue reading Classic Remarks 1: Is “Jane Eyre”’s Rochester an attractive brooder or dangerous manipulator?