Originally Posted by auntykatkat
To me this is brilliant. Now take this, and think of what literature has really been so popular around the world that it has it's own culture? Several come to mind and it is telling about our society as a whole. A century into our future and they will comment on that our society was mostly reading books written for children or teens. Harry Potter, Twilight, and the Hunger Games were and still are defining a generation of young people.
We can't really know in advance what is going to have long-term cultural impact. Lord of the Rings seems to have passed the test of time, it is unlikely to fade away in the forseeable future. It was once derided, and now at some universities it is considered worthy of study.