{Top 5} FUTURE CLASSICS!

Another week, another Top 5 Wednesday topic, and this is one I’m really excited about! When we talk about the classics my mind immediately spins back to Dickens, Hemingway, Bronte and the like. It’s easy to forget that each and every time a new book releases we’re potentially witnessing the birth of a new classic. A book which will go on and revel in the infamy of its greatness. Eternal, and chock full of memorable moments and thematic content that audiences will relate to for decades to come.

Not all my choices may go on to become classics at all, but they speak to me and will remain timeless in my mind, and that’s enough for me.

 

{Top 5} FUTURE CLASSICS


{The Passage by Justin Cronin}

The Passage

I’m starting off with a more personal choice here. I read The Passage earlier this year as one of my first reads of 2017 and was absolutely floored by it. The prose was just above and beyond what I expected from a post-apocalyptic thriller and the story was so incredibly engaging. There are some incredible twists and turns throughout, and some really great characters that I still remember, months later. This book currently stands at a 4.04% rating on Goodreads, which I think is definitely well deserved. As far as sci-fi thrillers go, I really do think that from a literary standpoint this book will go on to be well remembered in the future.

That being said, I know it’s a personal choice, especially as I’ve heard mixed reviews about the next two entries in the series. Though I own all of them, I’m a little bit worried to start the next book because I don’t want them to ruin the experience I had with the first.


{The Fault in Our Stars by John Green}

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I realized while writing this post that I really don’t read enough contemporaries, but I so wanted to include one! It’s not my favorite genre, but I do enjoy a brief foray into it from time to, sort of as a palate cleanser between all of the fantasy books I drown myself in during the rest of the year.

Listen, I know I’ll probably take some heat for this one. I see John Green take a lot of flack in the bookish community because his casts of characters are predominantly white teenagers, but I’m still going to tip my hat to him here. While I enjoy diverse casts, I’m not going to say that this particular story didn’t move me, immensely. It remains the one singular book that has actually been able to move me to tears. I think that setting a love story against the backdrop of two suffering from cancer was an incredibly emotional idea. I just really loved it. I loved Hazel Grace, I loved Augustus. It’s an important book for me and I do think that while some people might take issue with John Green, this particular book will be remembered quite fondly for years to come.


{Harry Potter by JK Rowling}

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Classic book nomination, classic cover. This is the edition that I hauled around with me everywhere I went as a kid. I swear, I wore through at least 3 paperbacks of this book when I was very young and a bit rougher on books than I would ever dream of being today. This is the book that got me (and so many others) into reading. This is the story that I dreamed of falling into. This is the universe that I spent hours upon hours of my life roleplaying with friends in, and writing fanfiction for. When I think of how many young readers and writers this fandom has to have created over the years it makes my heart swell. For that alone, this should be considered a classic.

It helps that the story is so wonderful and the world so magical. JK Rowling took the idea of witches and wizards and reinvigorated them, breathing life in to middle-grade and young-adult genre stories for years to come. This will not go on to become a classic. It already is.


{A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin}

A Game of Thrones

Okay, so this series isn’t finished yet, but hear me out. Like Harry Potter did for middle-grade and young-adult genre books, I definitely think the A Song of Ice and Fire series has done the same for the fantasy genre. It’s been wonderful to really see fantasy experience a Renaissance ever since HBO decided to turn the first book into a series. One of the best things about this series is that it serves as a reminder that the best characters aren’t ones that are merely good or evil. In reality, people are comprised of so many shades of grey and Martin does a wonderful job at filling his world with morally ambiguous characters that sometimes turn out to be the hero, or the villain depending on where events push them.

It’s almost inevitable at this point that when one thinks of the fantasy genre, their mind immediately turns to Game of Thrones. I think this series will remain a classic for years to come, and will sort of serve as a barometer for all fantasy series to come and stand against in the future.


{Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn}

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Gone Girl was my first foray into the Suspense/Thriller genre, as I think it probably is for a lot of young people these days. Just like the previous example, I think that this choice will likely become a classic in the future because it was the one that really began the whole “unhappily in love” story craze in the suspense genre. It’s chock full of suspense, and is incredibly plotted. I remember my jaw dropping the first time I read it and realized what was going on. Maybe it won’t be a classic – I really don’t know enough about suspense/thrillers to say one way or another, but it will be a classic for me just because of the experience I felt while reading it.

 

What do you think about my choices? Are there any you agree with? Any you really disagree with? I’d love to hear your opinions! 

Thanks for reading!

XOXO

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    1. I definitely think my choices are purely subjective. If any become classics it will probably be Harry Potter, but I’d like to think a moving romance centered around a topic a lot of people have personal experiences with might stand the test of time too.

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  1. Such thoughtful choices! I couldn’t even think what I would pick as classics… just because I think it’s five star doesn’t mean it’ll endure… so I love that you found ones that make sense! The Fault in Our Stars is one I could get behind – it propelled several sub genres into the social consciousness. And of course Harry Potter, I feel like that is a classic already! Great post!

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  2. I agree on Harry Potter & Game of Thrones 🙂 They already have massive influence! And nice to see you mentioned ‘The Passage’ – if it wasn’t that long I could see teenagers reading it at school! I finished the trilogy last month and really liked the ending of ‘The City of Mirrors’!

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