Choose a Classic In Modern Fantasy And Either Defe Essay
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Choose a classic in modern fantasy and either defend or reject the iden-tification of this book as a classic in children’s literature.
This year, Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time celebrates its fiftieth year in print. Despite having adorned bookshelves for just over half a century, L’Engle’s 1962 Newberry Medal-winning novel shows no signs of waning in appeal for those readers of science fiction and fantasy, having carved out a place for itself amongst the classic works of children’s literature. Noted for her refusal to be pigeon-holed as an author, in penning A Wrinkle in Time, L’Engle set out to craft a work of young adult fiction that would at once challenge young readers and trans-cend preexisting notions regarding the ability of children to read and comprehend more complex works of fiction. Indeed, L’Engle was famously quoted as having said, “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” Much of what makes A Wrinkle in Time a classic work of fiction is the unorthodox fashion in which L’Engle’s story explores the classic concept of good versus evil through fantasy and meta-phor whilst seamlessly interweaving familiar themes of childhood, adolescence, parent-child rela-tionships, maturation, acceptance, and social stigma--all set against an intergalactic backdrop. Her themes are at once universally-relatable, timeless, and otherworldly, lending themselves well to child readers, particularly adolescents, who are prone to exploration of their identity and by turns their place in society as they straddle the tenuous line between childhood and adulthood.
A Wrinkle in Time was a subversive work of literature for its day owing not only to L’Engle’s wish to elevate rather than pander to young readers, but also by way of her protagonist Meg Murry, an