We all want to write the best book possible. For many it's a struggle just to get published. But imagine if the book you do write becomes a classic. Can you picture it? There are so many fantasies that come to mind when you think of that word. Lord of the Rings, the Oz books, Alice in Wonderland, The Phantom Tollbooth, Harry Potter - I could go on and on. But what's the secret ingredient? What makes something a classic?
Fellow Inkie, Hilari Bell put it beautifully when she said, "I think what makes any book into a classic, fantasy or not, is how much it touches your heart and soul. How deeply it moves you. When I think of classics, across the genres, one thing they pretty much all have is "heart." Also, usually, some wisdom..."
I agree! But there's something else I noticed about the books I've marked as classics, at least in my own mind. They each have an endearing, typically unlikely hero/heroine who faces adventure head on in a wonderfully fantastic world.
Even the high fantasy books fit this description. Why not take LOTR as example? Frodo, the simple hobbit, agrees to go on a dangerous quest and leave the safe Shire in order to accomplish it. He isn't even as big as a human man and has no magic. We instantly connect with him as readers and vicariously enjoy the danger and excitement we find while traversing Middle Earth.
I believe that when we find which of our "modern classics" endure the test of time, it will be those with characters readers easily identify with, rich worlds, and plenty of adventure. Is there anything you've read lately that falls into this category? Do you agree or disagree with my analysis? Let's chat!