Modern books reflect today’s world

Mandy Wu, Multimedia Editor

Classic books are said to broaden minds, but who said that newer books can’t do the same?

There are readers who think that because a book is a classic, it is one of the best pieces of literature out there. However, there are a selection of modern books that prove this narrative wrong. 

Novels such as The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, or A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara are a few examples of newer books that have the potential of being classics. 

They all provide gripping plots and alluring new outlooks on the world. Even though they have not been recognized as classics yet, they still make contributions to the literary world. 

Additionally, classic books were written for their time, but times have changed and only newer novels can truly emulate the current reality of the world. Besides that, classics were used to hold different genres at certain standards, but since then, recent books have raised that standard and created works of literature that go beyond what classic authors can do. 

Of Mice and Men is a critically acclaimed novel; however, Raft of Stars by Andrew J. Graff is a modern book that captures the same gist but better. 

Not only have more recent novels improved classic ones, they have entered school curricula as well. The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Hate U Give are instances of books that connect more to younger readers than compared to tougher to read classics. 

Obviously, not all present-day books feed the brain like classic ones do, but they still provide a level of relatability and comfort. Not everyone likes to enjoy reading complex works of literature on a rainy day at home. 

Despite some modern books lacking the sophistication and vocabulary of older ones, they still possess a level of imagination and entertainment for all, even the cheesy romances. 

Sure, classics are timeless pieces of literature, but don’t let that overshadow the contemporary books that are also written masterpieces.