During a long and thought provoking conversation yesterday, a topic came into play about what the term classic means when referring to novels. The other person stated that they think the term is overused in place of what feels epic. I use it to refer to books that are said to be ones that have to be read in a lifetime, stories that are thought to be timeless.
After the conversation though, I could see the point of the term being overused or maybe misused. Like many words, people have different ideas of what a word means or how to use it. I went ahead and looked up the definition of classic from Merriam-Webster.
– used to say that something has come to be considered one of the best of its kind
– used to say that something is an example of excellence
– used to describe something that has been popular for a long time
I think these are pretty accurate definitions of how I use the term classic when referring to literary works. However, I do expect that I personally won’t agree with every novel that is considered ‘classic’. Like anything, it depends on individual preference, opinion, and likes.
Merriam-Webster link, here.
How do you use and define the term classic?
Have a great day! :)