For the first meme of the Classics Club, we've been given a question to answer: What is your favorite classic novel. Seriously, how does one pick? The one I've read the most times? If so, I'd have to choose this:
Beloved by many, Pride and Prejudice started my obsession with all things Jane Austen. I'm now a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America and I'm already planning my third trip their Annual General Meeting (this year it's in New York City!)
Or how about the one I've loved the longest? Which would be this one:
Jane Eyre, the first classic I read in college, which started my love affair with Victorian literature. It's definitely a candidate.
Or, depending on your definition of a classic, it could be this one:
I loved this story after watching at PBS Mystery! adaptation when I was in the eighth grade. I've read the novel many times, listened to the audio, and watched pretty much every adaptation since. But is it really a classic? Most people wouldn't consider it literature, but it has endured.
If that's your definition of a classic, then I'd also have to consider this one:
I read this for the first time in the sixth grade. I think it was about the same time the movie aired on television, I can't remember if I saw the movie first. Probably. Of course a lot of it went right over my head but I still loved it. I think I finished it in two days. (I'm a fast reader).
Again, many people don't consider it a classic because it doesn't have any metaphors and it isn't really taught in schools.
And I can't forget another candidate:
This is the book that started my love affair with the works of Charles Dickens. He's definitely over the top sometimes, but this novel has everything -- romance, mystery, satire, social commentary, and so many enduring characters. If I had to choose only one book to take into exile, it would probably be this one.
Which is my favorite? I have to say all of them -- it just depends on the day and my mood. It's like choosing a favorite food or a favorite child. I love them all, plus a whole lot more -- I haven't even included anything by Maugham or Trollope or Steinbeck or Edith Wharton. . . . I could go on for days. Well, that's why I started blogging!
What do you think, bloggers? Do you have ONE favorite classic novel, or are you like me and refuse to make that decision? Which are your favorites?