|The Infinite Library|
I'm three centuries deep into the Novel. The 18th and 19th century are a comparitive snap in terms of quantity. There are 215 titles total between the 18th and 19th century. That leaves 785 books for the 20th/21st century. Looking at the amount of time its taken- the books in the 18th century took four years: 2008 to 2012. The entire Nineteenth century took just about three years: 2011-2013. So with 4x the books, the 20th/21st century will probably take...six years? at least? ten years? There's also the issue that is raised by the Criterion Collection: keeping pace with what is coming out now.
|An Infinite Library, my fantasy bibliography|
The Criterion Collection Bibliography is concentrated between title 1-150 and then titles at the end, roughly the 600s and 700s. As it turns out there are roughly the same number of Criterion Collection titles as 20th/21st century titles on the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die List.
The Twentieth Century raises a host of new issues, especially once books and movies are coming out in the same year. Unfortunately, the 20s are more of a breakthrough period for the modernist Novel and the 30s are more so for film, so there is a lag of sorts. But the 40s/50s/60s/70s you can really start talking about unified Audiences that watch movies and read books and Artists who both watch films and read books
I really feel like this is the kind of project more people will attempt as the technology of kindle + hulu plus + high speed internet spreads around the globe.