We've discussed literary merit, now I'm interested in what makes a classic? No poll here since it seems these definitions defy the 'short and sweet' answers. To me a classic is something that either can speak to many generations or something that breaks new ground in a way that sparks interest. Another question, what if a book affects people in some way? Something that disturbs or revolts or creates some sort of emotion either bad or good in large groups of people. Would this make it so noteworthy that it would end up being a classic? Because anything that makes people look at their world with new eyes seems important enough to make it a classic. What do you guys think?