Lit & The Arts What will be this generations classic?

Discussion in 'Literature & The Arts' started by junior_smith, Sep 1, 2004.

  1. junior_smith

    junior_smith Premium Member

    what will be this period's classics?

    examples of other classics are:
    David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
    Pride and Prejeduce, Jane Austin
    etc. etc.
  2. intrepid

    intrepid New Member

    I think Tolkein is already there. J.K. Rolllings. If he completes the Dark Tower series throw Steven King in there.
  3. JcMinJapan

    JcMinJapan Premium Member

    Definately Tolkein, OK OK, I admit it! I do love Harry Potter... ha ha Personally, I love Demons and Angels and The DaVinco code by Dan Brown. He also has many good books, but I just do not see them rising to that level with others. But, he has my vote.
  4. ilovepizza

    ilovepizza Premium Member

    Do not forget Michale Moore!!!! Sorry if I spelled his name wrong.
  5. Pisky

    Pisky New Member

    I agree with Tolkien and HP.
    Another possibilty is Blatty's Exorcist which I am currently reading. A very spooky book indeed and written in a most definitive manner.
  6. Cinderloft

    Cinderloft Premium Member

    I think we have yet to see this generations' classic. With the current war theme of the world and all the underhandedness, we will see a piece of literature rise up and captivate a global population, and subsequently be torn down and declared subversive to humanity, a la what The Satanic Verses did for Salman and religion. Who will write it? My prediction is a combined effort between Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Just my $0.02.
  7. Bleys

    Bleys Phoenix Takes Flight Staff Member

    My list of classics from the last 25 years:

    Thomas Wolfe - Bonfire of the Vanities, The Right Stuff
    Tom Clancy - Hunt for Red October, Red Storm Rising
    John Grisham - The Firm, The Pelican Brief
    John Updike - World According to Garp, Witches of Eastwick

    I think that while popular books will always have a place. I think its the books that "represent" an era or the events that were occuring that determines whether it will be considered a classic in the minds of future generations.

    I can see kids 50 years from now reading the works of Grisham and discussing the "sue 'em" culture of the 80s and 90s. Or the paranoia of the cold war or the war on terrorism.
  8. JcMinJapan

    JcMinJapan Premium Member

    Hasn`t that already been written? Harry Potter....
    It has captivated much of the population, it has even been declared subversive.... ha ha ha ha The makings of a true classic... :D
  9. Fiorina 161

    Fiorina 161 Member


    The Sheep Look Up, John Brunner,
    [this book , wow, read it]
    A Scanner Darkly, Philip K. Di**
    Dhalgren , Samuel R. Delany
    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich , Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
    Burning Chrome , William Gibson
    The Andromeda Strain , Michael Crichton

    there are other but thats a start,
  10. Cinderloft

    Cinderloft Premium Member


    One that just popped into my head would be the #@!&% Monologues. I am sure the Catholic church just loves the idea of the feminist/lesbians parading around the world performing/reading everywhere, especially to young influential minds on college/university campus'.
  11. junior_smith

    junior_smith Premium Member

    i think classics need to have that timeless quality, and i dont think they can have that if they are technolog based because they become outdated, its hard to tell because we've only really had modern technology for a little while
  12. pineappleupsidedown

    pineappleupsidedown Premium Member

    Is that why there arent really any sci-fi classics?

  13. junior_smith

    junior_smith Premium Member

    jules verne books are classics
  14. amantine

    amantine Premium Member

    I think A Clockwork Orange is a classic. It is also somewhat science fiction.
  15. junior_smith

    junior_smith Premium Member

    its scary is what it is
  16. Fiorina 161

    Fiorina 161 Member


    i really think that any "classics" , should be
    up to each reader, with all the books that are out
    there to read, why would you care if one thing is or is not a
    "classic ",
    allso , i'm sorry, there are alot of "classic" Sci-fi , unless
    i guess you really don't read books, or you would know ,
    ya, i know a bunch of money people got together and
    told everone that sci-fi is a fad, cause it cut into their "normal",
    "lets make $ off stupid people" thing. but hey, as John Brunner said
    in "The Sheep Look Up",[i belive from-Milton:"Lycidas"],
    The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed,
    But swoln with wind, and the rank mist they draw,
    Rot inwardly, and foul contagion spread .
  17. Bleys

    Bleys Phoenix Takes Flight Staff Member

    I can't think of a novel that has truly moved me that wasn't already a classic. That is why I selected the books I did. There are very few authors in the last 25 years that I would consider their writings to be truly timeless. Updike probably comes close, but my god he's a tough read.

    I don't know if you're a Star Trek afficionado but in one of the movies Kirk and Spock mention "the Giants" and note that one of them was Harold Robbins. Now I'm not knocking Robbins (ok I am) but eeewww.

    Is there an author who even comes close to a Dickens, a Hemingway or an Austen in the last few decades?
  18. junior_smith

    junior_smith Premium Member

    that got me thinking, because really and truly, the personality or exuberance of the author helps to to promote his/her's book and make them into classics. the only person i could think of now would possibly be j.k rowling, but it is harder nowadays for an author to be a celebrity because now film is a much bigger medium for creativity.

    we might be dealing with this generations classics as in movies lol
  19. amantine

    amantine Premium Member

    I've been thinking about this some more. Maybe you could count Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow or The Crying of Lot 49, but those books are already 30 years old. They were written in 1973 and 1966 respectively. But he is the only one that come close to Joyce in the last few decades in my personal opinion.
  20. bigdanprice

    bigdanprice New Member

    Hmm classics this is a tough one:
    Star of the Sea by Joseph O'connor
    Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
    Harry Potter- it just will be