Top 11 Books from the 90s That Will Influence Pop Culture Forever

The Nineties was a time of great change in style, music and art of all kinds, including books. Little do many know there are many books that we released in the nineties are still widely popular today. With multiple television and film adaptations it can be almost impossible to remember that some of our favorite stories might have been made before we were born or in our terrible twos. These books are embedded in out pop culture and it all derived from the nineties!


11. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk



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Surely a favorite of many, Fight Club references never cease to end. This American novelist Chuck Palahniuk describes his work as transgressional fiction. Fight Club was released in 1996 and was inspired by his doctor saying insomnia is not suffering and we know how this goes… If you haven’t seen the movie is a must-watch: actors Brad Pitt and Edward Norton dominate the rols and it is a modern classic.



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10. Goosebumps by R.L Stine



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Who else is forever terrified of evil gnomes, puppets, haunted masks? We’ve got R.L Stine to blame! His books first hit shelves during the early nineties and quickly became a hit TV show series, that scared the wits out children! His show can still be seen on Netflix and movies based on his stories are still being released!  Its pretty clear that R.L Stine will continue to scare future children and tweens FOREVER!





9.  The Giver by Lois Lowry


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This young adult dystopian book is an American classic and has made it onto middle school reading lists and is discussed in classrooms for its themes. Published in 1993 the book garnered a Newbery Medal. It was made into a film in 2014 starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep! 




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8. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis


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This satirical horror book was published in 1991 and its ambiguous ending still boggles the minds of many. Ellis himself says that he closely relates to his main character, Patrick Bateman’s feelings of being stuck in consumer culture and feeling worse and worse about it, which is what eventually drives Bateman out of his mind. The book was made into a film in 2000 starring Christian Bale earning great reviews!. And most recently American Psycho was even made into a musical and pretty good one at that!




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7. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton



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Originally a book, Jurassic Park is a science fiction novel that was published in 1990. Made into a movie in 1993 by acclaimed director Steven Spielberg, the film became a phenomenon spanning sequels and new adapted story lines! Though dinosaurs are extinct they continue to live on this amazing book!




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6. The Magic School Bus by Joanna Cole



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Though the first book was published in the late 80s, the story gained wide acclaim in the 90’s with its animated series. That has been rebooted by Netflix, the show makes science fun in cool creative ways. It’s basically all I watched as a kid and now it will continue to teach on rocking scientific lesson to our current youth!



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5. Arthur’s Nose by Marc Brown



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Arthur’s Nose played a tremendous role in my life growing up. The book was originally published in 1976, and Arthur continued to evolve and become what he is known as today: internet meme star! The Arthur show started in 1996 and has remained a PBS Kids icon, as it continues to air today.  Arthur teaches lesson of friendship, insecurities and family life, and it translates pretty well through memes as well.



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4. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding



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Published in 1996 Bridget Jones Diary is loosely based on Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  Written in diary format, the words of this single thirty-something are laugh out loud funny!  It was made into a film in 2001 starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, and Hugh Grant. This romantic comedy is hilarious, sweet and heartwarming. It’s pretty clear why the book is a number one bestseller!  



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3. Sex and The City by Candace Bushnell


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This book can never be forgotten for giving birth to four of the most iconic women in TV history: Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte. Sex and the City was published in 1997 and is deeply rooted in the minds of many devoted watchers.  The book is about Bushnell and friends’ scandalous dating adventures in New York City.



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2. A Game of Thrones by George R.R Martin



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The book series gains more and more fans each and every day, mainly due to the critically acclaimed and twelve time Emmy-award-winning show! George R.R. Martin might be one of the most prolific writers of our time his elaborate sense of imagination has created one of the most popular shows in HBO history. From dragons to white walkers, the show is sadly coming to end and you probably didn’t know this came from the nineties!



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1. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K Rowling


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The best selling series of all time has sold over 500 million copies worldwide! Initially published in June 1997, the hit of course has six sequels. J.K Rowling is the first author in the world to achieve a net worth of $1 billion! Her books have opened the minds of million s of children across the world, and her imagination exceeds that of many authors. The Harry Potter franchise has helped create eight top-grossing films, a section in a Universal amusement park, and endless merchandise. There is no end to the success J.K Rowling has gained from writing Harry Potter, either! True 90s magic!




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