Thursday, January 6, 2011

Discussion Post: What books will teens be studying 100 years from now?

So Lale from Lale on Lit posted about this a while ago, and I found it really cool so I decided to post my own list of books that teens might be studying in a hundred years from now.


The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney - This novel, much like Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, focuses on the somewhat fragile and contradictory subject of rape. I think that both of these books have great themes and delve into what it means to stand up for yourself. I also find that teens will be able to empathize and relate to these books because of the unvarnished realities in these contemporary reads.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver - Delirium is a really great dystopian book that would be great for studying and analyzing. All of the symbolic imagery and the lyrical prose are great for analyzing literary techniques. The theme and the actual plot line can also be written about. I think that the originality of this novel will really be appreciated by teen readers.

Perfect Chemistry Series by Simone Elkeles - The parallelisms between this series and Romeo and Juliet can be compared and analyzed together. The gritty atmosphere is also great to write about. What makes this series special is that it is easily relatable to teens all around the world because it revolves around stereotypes, poverty, and discrimination; all concepts and themes that are relevant to today's society.

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton - This book portrays female empowerment extremely well and really captures how to merge fact and fiction together with the myths and legends imbued into the story. Teens will enjoy the normalcy of the protagonist and her own familial problems that can be easily empathized with by teens.

The Ivy Series by Rina Onur and Lauren Kunze - This series portrays college life really well and focuses on the consequences of teenagers' actions. It doesn't sugar-coat much and it also looks at the pros and cons of the different decisions that teenagers will have to make. A read that can be empathized with, greatly.

What about you guys? What books do you think teens will be studying in school, a hundred years from now? Tell me in the comments! I'm really interested in what you guys think!

8 comments:

Nina B. January 6, 2011 at 9:14 PM  

Great idea for a post!

I think Paper Towns by John Green, Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, and When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead would be included in those 'must-read' books in school in 100 years.

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Pam Harris January 6, 2011 at 9:37 PM  

Ooh, what a great topic! Hmm, a part of me thinks Hunger Games may be studied--it seems like it's this generation's Lord of the Flies. :)

Lale January 6, 2011 at 9:39 PM  

I love your picks, too! Especially the idea about studying R&J together with Perfect Chemistry. I definitely think that touching on female empowerment is important, especially since so many current classics have super wimpy heroines! I keep debating with myself over whether fantasy can be studied in school- on one hand, why not, because they have a ton of conflict and it would be fun to study world building, but on the other, it seems like too unorthodox a step for most teachers to take. But hey, who knows about the future, right? I especially like Delirium because of all the propaganda she created, which would be great to discuss! :) great post!

Mrs. DeRaps January 6, 2011 at 10:49 PM  

The Book Thief + The Hunger Games...I think that these books are classics in the making. And, I teach them right now--Kids love these books!

Simply_Megan January 7, 2011 at 5:42 AM  

What a great list! I hope my kids are reading these in the future and I can help them with their homework haha.

Kreag the Book Loving Writer January 8, 2011 at 10:16 AM  

I think two books that would be taught are The Hunger Games by Suzanna Collins. and Unwind By Neil Shusterman The Hunger Games show swhat would happen with an evil corrupt government and how degraded the world could become. Unwind addresses the issue of abortion and it is kind of open ended as it does not lean towards prolife or prochoice, and I found it to be a very thought provoking read. Great post Reggie!

Jessica Lawlor January 9, 2011 at 5:29 AM  

DELIRIUM was an awesome choice! You are so right about being able to analyze the book and even the whole plot is something I think we could have discussed in an English class.

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