Harry Potter beats out Twilight as the book of the decade

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Sorry, Stephenie Meyer! A movie made from your books may have won the weekend at the box office, but your novel Twilight only came in at #32 on a list of 100 books that defined a decade.

Topping the list is J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which the Telegraph said "stands as a cornerstone of the decade, a melding of high and low culture that appeals to all ages and nations."

While Rowling "is never less than absorbing" and "makes reading a 700-page book seem easy," Meyer's first novel, though considered influential, is described as "astonishing, mainly for the ineptitude of her prose" and "teen vampire schlock."


Other novels with a sci-fi, fantasy, or horror slant that made the list include:

#3 The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

#36 Miracles of Life by J.G. Ballard

#43 The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

#52 The Road by Cormac McCarthy

#54 The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

#72 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

#76 The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger


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