I've been thinking about what makes a novel a classic. This is a list that I've compiled. If anybody could think of anything else, offer agreements and disagreements, or offer a broader approach to this question, then help would be greatly appreciated. Here's what I have so far... What makes a novel a classic? - Timeless theme – Universal theme - Plot structure – Overall amazingly put together piece. Well crafted. - Ideas of good and evil and carelessness. - Hero(es) and Villain(s), (anti-hero(oes) and anti-villains) that play out their part in the novel well. - Unforgettable characters – Characters that are constructed with care; their emotions, strengths, weaknesses, including fears and phobias, should be put forth into a large character model to finalize character construction. - Character Profile – Attributes that humanity can relate to. - Setting that fits well into the novel’s premise. - Setting that is extraordinary, described with beautiful and brilliant imagery. Beautiful imagery and locals are something that you will visualize while reading; one will have the feeling of actually being there. This is something that one is not even aware of most of the time because they are so engrossed in the reading. - It will light your imagination. - Duality is an aspect that people can relate to. Light and dark, etc. - Surprising twists that aren’t expected, that help keep the reader on the “edge of their seat”. - Varied and effective use of literary techniques. Symbolism, Irony, imagery, etc. - Keeps you thinking throughout the whole piece. - When you finally finish it, the novel sticks with you. Something that makes you think about it after reading and long after reading it as well. A peaking of curiosity if you will. - A classic is a piece of literature art that you will want to read over and over again without growing tired. A lot of times you will find things that you missed before on your previous read.