Have you ever wondered what makes some books stand the test of time? While others die a quiet, unremarkable death?
For every Jane Austen whose books are still talked about centuries after her death, there lies a trail of talented authors who found their books D.O.A.–Dismissed on Arrival.
I can’t guarantee that William P. Young’s The Shack will enjoy Austen’s longevity. But I do expect that we’ll be talking about The Shack for a long time. Here’s why…
No. 1: The Shack is Covered in Controversy
The Shack book is about a grieving father who has a series of supernatural experiences with God in the form of the three individuals of the Trinity. For more details, check out my review.
Opponents of The Shack say it’s theologically irresponsible at best. Heretical at worst. Toss in the accusations of racism and sexism and you’ve got one steaming bowl of controversy stew.
The Shack controversy shows no signs of stopping, and will keep the book in front of new generations of readers.
No. 2: People Love It. People Don’t Love It.
You won’t find many readers of The Shack who don’t have a strong opinion about the book. Let’s just say there are some people who love The Shack, and others who can’t figure out why people love The Shack. The same can be said for Jane Austen’s work. Some folks love Sense and Sensibility, and some folks, well…
While you might not tell a friend about an average book, you’ll be sure to spread the news about a book that you love, or a book that you don’t love.
No. 3: We Can’t Help Comparison
In March, The Shack book becomes The Shack movie.
Just because a book gets made into a movie, does not mean that it is a good book. But it’s a good sign that it is an interesting book. Probably with a massive following. A massive following that can’t wait to pick said movie apart, line by line, scene by scene.
With each adaptation of The Shack (i.e., movies, books, mini-series, fan fiction), we’ll be comparing it back to the novel. The never ending comparison game will keep us talking about The Shack for years to come. The book may even live on to become an old school read.
Old School Readers: What do you think makes certain books last? Are there any popular books that you just don’t get? Leave a comment below.