Yes, the movies and TV series have a direct impact on us but it is the books that end up getting up, close and personal with us. This underlying intimacy is the main reason why I love books and spend hours letting my imagination run free. If you’re anything like me, here’s a list to toast that desire to get lost in an imaginary world for hours at an end. The following is my list of the top 5 cult books of the 1980s.

1. Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Margaret Atwood will forever be the poster child of the feminist generation but she’s so much more than that and she proves both these impressions with The Handmaid’s Tale. This is a book that can be dubbed as sci-fi and feminist at the same time. The book is about a dystopian future where women are treated more like property than people. Of course, what really makes it tick is Atwood’s unique writing style.

2. Alan Moore’s “Watchmen”

Okay, I admit that this isn’t really a book; it’s a graphic novel but that actually adds to the experience. If you’ve seen the film based on this book then you may already have an idea about it. Although the movie was brilliant in itself, the book is where the true essence of the story lies. Get ready for your concepts of superheroes to be turned on their head!

3. Kazuo Ishiguro’s “The Remains of the Day”

A Japanese origin British author, Kazuo Ishiguro has firmly created a palace of wonder in the annals of cult books. He has some of the most intoxicating and out of the stories and ideas in the world today but that’s the best part about reading Ishiguro. The Remains of the Day can be qualified as a love story but in the Ishiguro mould. What it is for sure is a butler’s diary with all his quirks on display.

4. John Kennedy Toole’s “A Confederacy of Dunces”

If humour is your thing then you want to dive into John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces. The hero is fat and lazy and the enemy is life which keeps trying to make him work. Satirical and ironical at the same time, this book will definitely tickle your funny bone!

5. Alice Walker’s “The Colour Purple”

Alice Walker’s The Colour Purple completes this list perfectly. It’s a tragedy. This is a book that describes the plight of an African American woman focusing on each the ‘African’, ‘American’, and ‘woman’ elements. Set at a time when gender and racial problems were at their peak in Georgia, this book may just make you tear up.

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