Each month The Classics Club releases a question to get club members thinking, discussing and sharing; either on the official site or on their own sites. This month’s question is a rewind from February 2015, originally contributed by club member Teresa (who joined in 2012):
“What about modern classics? Pick a book published since 2000 and say why you think it will be considered as a “classic” in the future.”
This year, I have read many wonderful children’s books off my Classics Club list, so for the rewind of this meme question I’ve decided to discuss children’s books I think will/should become classics.
First up has to be the Harry Potter series by J K Rowling – bestselling books that spawned a highly successful film franchise too. This series actually straddles the year 2000, as the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was published in 1997 and the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was published in 2007. Like C S Lewis’ classic The Chronicles of Narnia, the Harry Potter books are set in a magical world, full of colourful characters and tap into the almost innate wish of children for magic to be real. Lewis had us checking inside wardrobes while Rowling had us wishing our Hogwarts letter would arrive! One became a classic so why not the other?!
My next choice, His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, only just fits into this questions time frame as the final book of the trilogy, The Amber Spyglass, was published in 2000. Another bestselling series which sadly only spawned one film. These are beautifully written books with a brilliant young female protagonist which should surely help to make this trilogy classic reads for future children – plus the religious controversy surrounding the final book should keep people talking about these books for many more years to come.
My final choice, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, is the newest and most relevant choice for this question as the trilogy was published between 2008 – 2010. A bestselling young adult series which also spawned a highly successful film franchise (yes, if you hadn’t noticed I love film adaptations). While the love triangle isn’t for everyone, I think this is a great dystopian trilogy with a gripping storyline, dark future setting, a kick-ass female protagonist and which gets us thinking about the value of life.
What modern children’s books and series do you think will become classics? Also, please let me know and link in the comments below if you have taken part in this month’s Classic Club meme too.