The New Classics?

What makes a book or an album or even a TV show a classic? Is it that the work transcends the time and place of its original creation? If so, then how much time must pass before we dub something a classic? In its June 27th issue, Entertainment Weekly celebrates what it calls “The New Classics,” the 1000 best books, movies, TV shows, albums, video games and more of the last 25 years. You can see their choices online or you can read the magazine itself in the library. Just to get you started, here are EW’s top ten books and movies. How many have you read or seen? Do you agree that these should be considered classics?

Books

1. The Road , Cormac McCarthy (2006)
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling (2000)
3. Beloved, Toni Morrison (1987)
4. The Liars’ Club, Mary Karr (1995)
5. American Pastoral, Philip Roth (1997)
6. Mystic River, Dennis Lehane (2001)
7. Maus, Art Spiegelman (1986/1991)
8. Selected Stories, Alice Munro (1996)
9. Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier (1997)
10. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami (1997)

Movies

1. Pulp Fiction (1994)
2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03)
3. Titanic (1997)
4. Blue Velvet (1986)
5. Toy Story (1995)
6. Saving Private Ryan (1999)
7. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
8. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
9. Die Hard (1988 )
10. Moulin Rouge (2002)

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