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Charlotte’s Web Wouldn’t
Get Published Today
Hans Ness, Nov 19, 2023
If the classic novels of the past were written today, without the glow of nostalgia, would they still be considered great novels? or even published? Styles change. Trends change. Maybe what was great for its time back then would be disregarded today.

Look at Charlotte’s Web. Let me posit my controversial opinion that publishers would reject it today because:
There, have I ruined your childhood? Ha! 😈

Can you find a successful contemporary book that has the qualities/flaws above? Perhaps we give a free pass to nostalgic books, even recasting their flaws a strokes of genius.


I’m not saying Charlotte’s Web is a bad book. Maybe it just demonstrates that sometimes defying the conventional guidelines can be a good thing. Cases in point: