Discussing the canonization of Crichton’s Jurassic Park as ecocriticism creates an interesting dilemma. While it is shrugged off by many in academia as a work of popular fiction, it asks many important question that have the potential to earn it a spot in the canon. The simplest way to sum up Jurassic Park’s place in the canon is “passing”. Jurassic park, at its initial release represented an incredibly popular work that could have garnered the movement a tremendous amount of publicity, and ultimately benefitted it in the long run. Unfortunately the popularity gained by the large-scale release earned the work a reputation as merely a work of popular fiction. Since the release of the novel the ecocriticism movement has become a strong genre in its own right. While novels that asked many of the questions Jurassic Park asked were in short supply in 1990, they are not in todays world. There are just too may superior substitutes for Jurassic Park to garner it a strong argument for long-term canonization. In the short term however Jurassic Park is a prime candidate for canonization as an well-known example of phase-2 ecocriticism.