A Modern Classic?

Can anyone write what me might term a modern classic anymore?  Or are there simply too many people writing and too much being published for any one book to stand out that way?  Yes, one might point to Harry Potter but now that the books have all been published, it’s just a matter of time before the series of movies are finished being released.  It will be interesting to see how often the books are still checked out five years after that point. 

As I sort through books on the library shelves using the “dusty book” list and removing those that haven’t been checked out within the last five years, there is precious little that can withstand the weeding.  There are some books that I resist on behalf of, either because they are old classics or because it sounds too interesting and I think someone just might want to check it out when the shelves are weeded so people can see what is really there worth seeing.

Perhaps I’m just not seeing the modern classics because those books aren’t on the list, but I can’t think of one at the moment.

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1 Comment

  1. deathlynx said,

    October 17, 2009 at 10:51 am

    It depends, to some degree, what you’re considering a “Modern Classic”…Is it about controveries? Is it about literary merit or a unique sotryline or mythos?

    To some degree I agree that there might be so many authors out there that it’s hard to find them…so many books coming out that you might very well miss them…also, it doesn’t help that most authors are writing for series these days…things like Great Gatsby or Catcher in the Rye aren’t meant to be series, so the Great American Classic isn’t thought to be about serial stories (which is ironic since classics like Dickens were written as serials)…

    Personally, I would argue that something like DaVince Code, or Interview with a vampire are bothmodern classics, given the impact they’ve had on society and literature…


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