Class Discussions

5/22/ 16

What does the word popular mean? 

Widely recognized, like, and distributed
Relevant, Hip, Of-the-moment, mainstream
For the masses, the public, the people
Vulgar, Low brow, Over-hyped

What is the opposite of popular?

Classic, stands the tests of time
Niche, specific, specialized, obscure, indie
High brow, elite, challenging, high quality

What are some examples of popular fiction:

Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Narnia, Game of Thrones
50 Shades of Grey, Twilight
James Patterson, Stephen King, Nicholas Sparks, Dan Brown, Michael Crichton
Fantasy, Romance, Horror, Conspiracy/Thriller, Action/Thriller

What are some examples of classic fiction:

Austen, Hemingway, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Falkner, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Charles Dickens
Pride and Prejudice, The Odyssey

Questions raised by brainstorm:

How do we classify the things we read?

Can a book be both popular and a classic?

What kind of value judgment is associated with calling a book “popular” or “classic”?

What value is there in studying popular fiction?