Fact: calling a book a “classic” has little to nothing to do with the age of a book. It is basically just a way of saying “this one is for the ages”. Sure, that status might be determined by the influence of time, but in general? A classic might be coined as such from the moment it’s published, only time will tell if that will be right. Either way, here’s 5 books I would consider modern classics!
1. The Secret History, Donna Tart
This book has been around for a little while, now, but I only got around to reading it this past April. Which is impressive, considering my Latin-teacher when I was 15 told us it was an amazing book. Well, I finally got round to it? And he was right. This book is amazing. (Goodreads)
2. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
I have mentioned this one as one of my favorite books of all time. on multiple occasions. That is not the reason why I would consider it a modern classic though. This story has that perfect mix of psychological depth, slightly dystopian context, amazing world building, great characters that are allowed to be “not good” and, you know… A really fun movie adaptation? (Goodreads)
3. The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
4. 84, Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff
For my fellow bookstore lovers out there: this novel builds from the old school letter novel, spans multiple decades, two continents and some amazing characters. Also, it’s been adapted to multiple other media, which is usually a pretty good indicator for whether or not something will be a classic! (my review, Goodreads)
5. The Princess Bride, William Goldman
Another common misconception: classics have to be serious. Guess what? No, they don’t. Again: whether a book is a classic? Based on its perception by people, not on any inert qualities! (Also, yes, I’m aware that this can indicate the reverse for some classics: not actually that good. It’s a statement I’ll get behind!) Basically, this one is a classic for the way it uses old tropes, re-invents and re-frames them, and then somehow makes all of that so inherently funny? It’s a bit of a Don Quichotte of the modern age, I would say. Also: there’s this scene in the movie adaptation:
That is just beautiful writing on all accords. (Goodreads)
Anyway, that’s 5 books I would consider modern classics! Are there any others you would’ve liked to have seen on this list? Be sure to let me know below!