Class Discussions

5/22/ 16

What does the word popular mean? 

Widely recognized, like, and distributed
Relevant, Hip, Of-the-moment, mainstream
Commercial
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
Cult-fiction
High brow, elite, challenging, high quality
Private

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?