Booking Through Thursday

Brought to you today in spite of me battling the flu. I’m sitting in bed, bored and trying to be not bored and distracted. This particular question is brought to you by Barbara.

Do you think any current author is of the same caliber as Dickens, Austen, Bronte, or any of the classic authors? If so, who, and why do you think so? If not, why not? What books from this era might be read 100 years from now?

I absolutely think that there are authors that will be read in 100 years by authors that are the caliber of Bronte, Dickens and Austen.  Authors like Amy Tan, Margaret Atwood and Zadie Smith I’m sure will be read in the years to come.  I’m sure that certain Stephen King novels will also be read.  The thing is that the standards of what are classics and what should be taught to students in English classes change over time. And what was a good writing style or important for Austen or Bronte or Dickens is very different than what makes a good novel or non fiction book now. So it’s really hard to predict.  But there are definitely certain authors that I would hope write a novel or other book that can pertain to any age.  1984, Handmaid’s Tale, On Beauty and a few others definitely surpass the ages, which is important to me. They could apply to any age and have relevance to any age and that is very important to me.

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