Harry Potter Month (15)

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Today is day fifteen of my challenge to post each day about Harry Potter.  Quotes, books, films and silliness.

The answer to yesterday’s : Who Am I?  Professor Slughorn (including his upholstered chair transformation)!

For today’s Harry Potter post I’m using my answer for the July question posed by the Classic’s Club (of course this is late but I saved it!).  The question is as follows:

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Pick a book published since 2000 and say why you think it will be considered as a “classic” in the future.

I think JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series will definitely be considered a classic in the future.  It has such a wide appeal to all generations, the overall story arc and character development is excellent and it’s just such a wonderfully entertaining series.  Translated into over 70 languages (I think, feel free to correct me) and selling more than 450 million copies worldwide.  Of course the series does become darker as the story progresses so that needs to be kept in mind but for me that is one of the beauties of this set of books  – it’s a story that develops and is also one that you can grow with.

The HP series is a coming of age book.  It’s a series that sees the growth of some wonderful friendships that remain true even when put to the test.  It examines issues around adolescence and the difficulties that most young people experience as they mature.  More than that though it looks at decisions – decisions between right and wrong and how sometimes the more difficult choice is the right one to take.  And, finally, it makes us look at the difficult subject of death which is never an easy one to tackle.

I realise that this answer is a bit of a cheat because the question asks for a book published after 2000 and the first Harry Potter book predates that.  However, the series as a whole doesn’t conclude until 2007 and as I’ve taken the series as a whole it doesn’t feel like too much of a liberty!

What book or series do you think will be a classic in the future?

 

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9 Responses to “Harry Potter Month (15)”

  1. sjhigbee

    I’d love to think that the Lois McMaster Bujold Miles Vorkosigan series would become a classic… And although it really isn’t my cup of tea – A Song of Ice and Fire.

    • @lynnsbooks

      yes, well, ahem, I haven’t read the Vorkosigan series – yet! I did buy the first one but haven’t picked it up yet. To be honest I bought the paperback but wish it was on kindle instead as I carry that around with me everywhere so it’s more convenient.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        I know! My trusty Kindle is rapidly becoming a vital part of my existence… I LOVE watching another book jump onto my reader – it’s magical… and probably accounts for quite how many keep jumping onto it! I look forward to hearing how you get on with the Vorkosigan book – I think it’s a fabulous series.

  2. Carmen

    I agree with you that HP deserves to be a classic. I also agree with Sjhigbee about A Song of Ice and Fire, although the latter series was written in the 1980s, I think. It is only now that has become a phenomenon.

    • @lynnsbooks

      The Martin books – well surely they must become classics! You’d really think so wouldn’t you!
      Lynn 😀

  3. jessicabookworm

    Great minds think a like – I also picked this series when I answered this meme question 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think I saw your answer to this one Jessica – but honestly i didn’t cheat! I had this in mind for my monthly challenge I promise – and our minds so often think alike it’s really quite uncanny!
      Lynn 😀

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Since two of my favorites (Bujold’s Vor saga and Martin’s ASOIAF) have already been mentioned, I will add James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse to the list. It’s what I consider the renaissance of space opera in this century, and I hope for it to become a classic, indeed.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I am definitely going to start reading Corey for this year’s sci-fi month! It’s on my list and if you consider it a classic that’s a good enough reason to bump it up there – plus, pretty sure that Mogsy also loves that one.
      Lynn 😀

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