I know that I am cheating this month on the classics challenge a little bit. I do. I don’t know where I am with this challenge at the moment to be honest. I’m all muddled up over what counts as a classic, and I’m spending so much time umming and ahhing over it every month that when I choose something, I’m already entirely worn out of enthusiasm for it. I’m thinking about what to do about that, I promise. I’m coming up with a plan. But Harry Potter could hardly be denied as a classic of children’s literature – a modern classic, I absolutely grant you, but it definitely counts. The series has had a huge impact on a generation of young readers, adult readers, film-goers of all ages.
I really didn’t think I was going to have a classic for March. I made it most of the way through the month happily reading away and being entirely unorganised, as I mentioned in my March Wrap Up. Last day of the month, I was thinking I’d have to miss one, but I spotted this volume of poetry by Maya Angelou on my shelf and just dove in. It might have been a quick read for me, but it doesn’t need to be – there is so much in Angelou’s poetry that deserves attention and recognition, and her subject matter is often not light.
My choice of Classic for February was Silas Marner by George Eliot.
My choice of Classic for January was Angela Carter’s Nights at the Circus.
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Every time I try to think about my favourite female character, my minds gets sidetracked with my favourite female characters from TV shows (Zoe Washburne from Firefly, in case you’re interested). Apparently I’m not very good at picking favourites. So again, I will punt for a character that I really love, even if I can’t unequivocally say they’re my favourite.