Friday, August 30, 2019

It's So Classic Blog Party Tag

Olivia tagged me with this a few weeks ago and busy as we've been lately I forgot it was one of those with a deadline. Eeek! But now here we are. (Aren't ya proud of me? ;)) And I really wish I had time to hunt down some fantastically funny memes to sprinkle throughout and have you all in stitches, but (in the interest of being properly grown-up, etc.) I really can't. My kitchen and laundry room are calling. So you'll have to use your own vivid imaginations on that front. :D

*Ok, rolls up sleeves and enough with the self aggrandizing fanfare.*


The It's So Classic Tag:

Rules:

1. Link your post to Rebellious Writing (www.rebelliouswriting.com)
2. Answer the questions
3. Tag at least 5 bloggers.

~ What is one classic that hasn’t been made into a movie yet, but really needs to?

The Blue Castle by Montgomery does spring to mind, but I'm trying to keep my selections here to Weightier Great Book-ish tomes (otherwise we run the risk of wandering into the territory of Chesterton, Wodehouse, C.S. Lewis, Montgomery, Alcott, and the like, which'd easily fill up every answer here *coughs*).

The other option I can think of is Mansfield Park. I'd really like to see a newer version that actually gets it. But again, that might not count since it has been done a couple times.

Hmmm... This one kind of rides the fence as far as being an absolute classic, but maybe The Talisman by Sir Walter Scott?

~What draws you to classics?

The deep thoughts and rich metaphors. The enduring-ness.

~What is an underrated classic?

The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser. (At least the first book, which I've read at least three times in this edition.) LOVE IT. <3 

~What is one classic that you didn’t expect to love, but ended up loving anyway?

Maybe The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte.

~What is your most favorite and least favorite classics?

Favorites: far and away, Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky, Heart of Darkness by Josef Conrad, and North and South by Gaskell. (Jane Austen aside, that is.)

As for least favorite: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. It's rich and powerful and horribly, heart wrenchingly awful and sad. I'm glad I read it, but don't really ever want to read it again. (At least, unless I was teaching it or something.)

~What is your favorite character from a classic? Or if that is too hard, one is your favorite classic character trope (e.g. strong and silent, quiet sidekick, etc.)

Haha. Yes, definitely too hard. According to the dictionary, 'trope' is officially a "figurative or metaphorical use of a word or expression." So I'll say the self-sacrificing hero. And not in a flowery way, but the very real brink-of-death sense. And that's true for both book and film. Gets. me. every. time.

~What’s a popular classic that you felt wasn’t actually that great?

This is more that I've never been able to really get into some of them (except for The Old Man and the Sea), so it's not that they're bad, it's just that I find Hemingway... difficult. Most of it's the wordiness, but I also ran across an article a while ago pointing out that he doesn't really have a sense of humor, which was a really interesting point. Not that everything has to be hilariously funny (witness my actual top favorites above), but it has to do with a deep running... balance, I guess you could say. A laughter at the edge of tears. That sort of thing. And of course, I could be completely misjudging him on that. It is true that I can vividly remember every bit that I have read of his. Persevering in the reading has just been a challenge.

Oh, and while I find her life story fascinating and absolutely love her thoughts on the discipline of writing and storytelling itself (and have had various friends who raved about her writing) I've had the hardest time getting into Flannery O'Connor.  

~Who is your favorite classic author?

Ummm, ok this one's kinda impossible to choose, honestly. But, trying to think purely of the writing styles, probably Jane Austen, Josef Conrad, or ElizabetGaskell. (Again, that's if we're not counting Chesterton, Wodehouse, Tolkien, Lewis, Montgomery, Alcott, Milne, Snedeker, de Angeli, etc etc etc............)

~In your opinion, what makes a classic a classic?

At the risk of sounding high falutin, it's larger than the sum of it's parts, transcending the time it was written, hitting on enduring themes... Often with a fresh tone or unexpected viewpoint. You get the idea.

~Relating to newer books, what attributes does a book need to have in order to be worthy of the title “classic”?

Well, in short, it has to stick. But I'd apply the same criteria listed for the last question. 

Quick note: focusing on the two ends of the spectrum, I realized I left off quite a few that I've enjoyed and definitely still count as favorites to varying degrees and/or impacted me -- like Jane Eyre, Far from the Madding Crowd, David Copperfield (& Co), The Divine Comedy, a number of George Eliot's books, and I, Claudius (which was really interesting, also somewhat crazy and odd, and should come with somewhat hefty adult level reading proviso stickers, IMHO).

But such is the nature of list making and different titles are highlighted at different times. :)

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And... since I'm kinda just getting back into the blogosphere I'm not sure I know five bloggers to tag who are still active (or haven't already done it) + I'm doing this at the end of the challenge and all that, so I'll skip that part, but if you'd like to just go for it feel free! :) Here's a link to a clean copy of the questions. I'd love to see your answers!

Friday, August 9, 2019

New Blog!


Hi one and all!

Lots of Life Stuff has been happening here in the last few weeks, so I'm still finishing up reading (and hopefully commenting!) on all the lovely LOWC posts, but I do have a few other blogger-y things I've been pondering over as well.

#1 -- I don't know if any of you remember the Inklings I used to host over on my author blog, but I'm thinking of bringing it over here to AtB and giving it a fresh start. Thoughts anyone??


#2 -- I've been thinking on this for quite a while and decided to start a couple other main blogging spots. (And if you enjoy AtB don't worry! I'm very fond of everything here as well, so not planning to shut it down anytime soon. ;)) But my daily interests have expanded a lot in the last few years. I don't want to parse my life up too much (or create that impression anyway) but at the same time I'm not sure everyone here will be interested in my new post topics/direction. Plus this'll be a way to just keep things more organized if you will. So finally I decided I'm gonna keep AtB for occasional movie reviews, philosophical ramblings, and sometimes more grown-up book-ish related stuff.

And... I've officially started two new blogs.

The first I put up a few months ago so you might remember it. On Story Bent, a book review blog for picture and chapter books for little people. (And also not so little. ;)) Due to working on LOWC Week shortly after putting it up there's still not much on it, but I'm hoping to have plenty more coming soon.

The second one is currently the very freshest and sparkliest. (And I'm both terribly nervous actually and super excited. :)) Called Angel in the Marble, you can find it HERE (with a slightly different web address, so be sure to take note of that -- the obvious addresses were taken but the name's integral to the whole idea and I tried to keep it easy ;)).

I really look forward to hearing your thoughts and hope you're interested in visiting over there now and again!

Happy Friday!

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Legends of Western Cinema Week 2019 // Wrap-Up & Giveaway Winners!


Hi y'all and welcome to my wrap-up for our LOWC Week!

And wow, what a week. Hamlette, Olivia, and I really enjoyed hosting this and (I think) I can safely say it was a pretty smashing success. We'll see what all's happening next year, but I'd love to make this an annual thing. What say all of you? :)

Also, the party's still going through today, so keep your lovely posts coming.

(Final note, the pics for this post are ones that, for various reasons, just tickle me. So enjoy! ;))


And now... our giveaway winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered and… the exciting news is each and every one of you are gonna get a fun little parcel with a selection of goodies! (As to particulars: the widget drew everybody at random and then I tried to match you up with your preferred prizes as best I could. I also threw in an extra copy of She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as it was high on a couple of your lists and, since we ended up with five entrants, that nicely rounded it all off so everyone ends up getting three things. Just to be nice and even-sy since we had a small pool. :D) I really hope you enjoy everything!!

Annie ~ She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Shadow on the Mesa, Longhorn puzzle

Hamlette ~ Lefty Brown, b/w magnets, Tetons (golden & subdued) magnets

John Smith ~ Paintbrush & Montana-ish cabin magnets, Sons of Katie Elder, Silverado

Natalie ~ John Wayne quote (which IS a print, sorry for not clarifying that! ;)), Fastest Gun Alive, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

Olivia ~ Tombstone, Tetons cabin & lupine magnets, True Grit 

Note: The rest of life suddenly got pretty busy this week/weekend so (if I don't already have your address, etc.) I'll try to contact each one of you as soon as I can sometime next week and then you'll have a week from then to reply. So please don't worry if you don't find an email right away this weekend. ;)


And here again are all our wonderful entries. Make sure to visit them and hopefully you'll find some new favorite films and fellow kindred spirits!



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I'd love to hear if you enjoyed your time this week and Happy Trails!

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