I’ve previously posted my survey of the 100 best writers of all time, so I thought this was an interesting follow-up. The website List Challenges has posted a number of writing-related lists, but there are two I found interesting.
The first is Modern Library’s list of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th century. The second is a list of the 101 best-selling books of all time (includes non-fiction) from ranker.com. Quite a different set of lists. For the record, I’ve read few of the “great” novels. I prefer the movie versions. 🙂 On the other hand, I’ve seen 66 of AFI’s Top 100 films (not counting the ones I turned off after 15 minutes because I hated them (Godawful, Godawful 2, Goodfellows, aka Son of Godawful).
Obviously, these lists are subjective. The list NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books have zero by my favorite Sci-Fi author, Robert Silverberg, and include selections culled by high school English teachers that I found horribly boring (*cough The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress).
Still fun, however.