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'Literature' meaning what is studied in schools, particularly on the A-Level spectrum e.g. 'Pride and Prejudice', Dickens, Shakespeare, Shelley, 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Nighttime', 'The Bell Jar' etc etc.

Are there any books that you believe SHOULD be classically acclaimed as literature that are not already? e.g. my class raised the argument that maybe the Harry Potter books should be, though maybe not for A-Level study.
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Series of Unfortunate Events
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I definitely don't think Harry Potter should be.
Don't get me wrong, the concept and story is great, it's a shame that they're not actually very well written though.
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That's because it's more challenging to read pre 19th Century books. And the reason why Harry Potter would not be picked is because it's a basic children's book. You could hardly make essays on it.
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As far as I know it's not studied for any national curriculum, but The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks and The Cement Garden by Ian Mcewan should be up among the greats.
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Watchmen graphic novel. I know, I know superheroes etc, but anyone who's read it knows it is nothing like any other 'superhero comic' and is actually extremely well written and has crazy depth (and a lot of subjects for essays). I suppose the comic format would make it unsuitable for A-level or whatever but it seems a shame there isn't a chance to write about it, it's amazing.
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(Original post by Sir Killalot)
I definitely don't think Harry Potter should be.
Don't get me wrong, the concept and story is great, it's a shame that they're not actually very well written though.
Yeah, that was our argument, because at the end of day, it is written for children. So it's not exactly challenging.

But, it has had a massive cultural effect, and is still massively popular after 20 years. But, it's nothing compared to another fantasy classic, though I can't think of any right now. And like you said, great story and concept.

Sorry, it's my coursework question, so I'm really struggling haha.
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That's because it's more challenging to read pre 19th Century books. And the reason why Harry Potter would not be picked is because it's a basic children's book. You could hardly make essays on it.
I agree, but I don't think the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime is challenging either (and whilst I didn't know that was studied, the OP has listed that it is)
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I'm finding it very hard to think of books that should be included in the Literature syllabus that already are not included. Most of them are included, because they can be depicted, structurally challenging and analytical material.

I know Gatsby's on, perhaps his other novels like the Beautiful and Damned?
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(Original post by LovePeaceAwesome)
I agree, but I don't think the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime is challenging either (and whilst I didn't know that was studied, the OP has listed that it is)
Curious Incident was on the AS syllabus last year, for sure. I remember flicking through my exam and seeing that and thinking '...Oh'.
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(Original post by pierreboobvier)
Curious Incident was on the AS syllabus last year, for sure. I remember flicking through my exam and seeing that and thinking '...Oh'.
hahaha it seems more like a primary school book/year 7 book to me, but it's a good one
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All the Sherlock Holmes books (but in particular The Adventures of and The Hound of the Baskervilles).
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Isn't any document with written words technically literature? Did you mean literary fiction?
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(Original post by pierreboobvier)
'Literature' meaning what is studied in schools.
(Original post by Leon Trotsky)
Isn't any document with written words technically literature?
No.
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Halo novels

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Agree with the guy who said watchmen. Watchmen is much more than a comic. It's an impressive read.

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All the Sherlock Holmes books (but in particular The Adventures of and The Hound of the Baskervilles).
Exactly, all the Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories are very well written. Agatha Christie's novels are wort a mention too.
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(Original post by Messalina)
As far as I know it's not studied for any national curriculum, but The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks and The Cement Garden by Ian Mcewan should be up among the greats.
We did the Wasp Factory at school And we also did an Ian McEwan book :P
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