I think you explained that really well! I agree...
Some people tend to believe that a book isn't a classic until it's been cannonized...but I think that it should be based on the amoutn of time it's stood as a favorite among readers...same with movies!
I agree with you about this. Academics and critics tend to consider only what has been already included in the canon but then, again, it depends upon a lot of things what you consider canonized or not. For example, Tolkien is considered a classic in the States and in the UK. In Italy he's just dismissed as a minor author: I had to change my research project to get into the PhD program.
I think the time test is definitely the most effective one for music, books and films.
xXBeSafeXx It's always like that...my English teacher at highschool used to criticise a lot my old-fashioned taste in both music and books. Unbelievable, a teacher!!! Never mind what they say to you, just go on and read what you enjoy, either classics or not...reading must be, first of all, a pleasure.
For example, I've never read the Russian novelists and I'm not ashamed...I never had to for study reasons and I found their prose too "heavy" for my taste. I don't think there is a point in reading something just because everybody says that's a classic.
Talking about music, good old Frank is definitely a classic. I love his songs and his voice was so amazing!
I think another classic is..............THE BEATLES!!! There is another thread totally devoted to the Beatles but there are only three or four of us I think they are the best. In their discography you can find all genres, all types of songs...you never get tired!!!