Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind Anne Rice but I suppose I’m alluding to more of the popularity of her works. I find the hardest aspect to define is the idea of “classic”. There have been so many movements in literature that has re-defined quality. I guess one of the consistencies is that a majority of novels considered “classic” have a universal theme which makes it timeless; you can see this in the sustaining story of Pyramus and Thisbe which has been used as an inspiration for works such as Romeo and Juliet. It’s a prime example of how the idea of an eternal love transcending time still has relevancy in pop culture.
Oh, I’ve heard of Ricci’s “Lives of the Saints” but haven’t gotten a chance to read it. 🙂