Miranda Paul wrote an article called “Books Like ‘Hunger Games’ Makes Reading Cool Again” which grabbed my attention as it is the unit that we just finished. For me, reading is always ‘cool’ but I learned at a very young age that that is not the norm. This article explored how books such as “Hunger Games,” “Harry Potter,” “Eragon,” and “Twilight” make reading cool. With these books soaring in popularity, authors and book stores are taking notice. The article writes,“these titles inspired many other authors and kicked-off trends of fantasy, vampires, and dystopian series, to the point that shelves of many YA areas of bookstores have a special section” (Paul 1). I think that this is great. There were so many times growing up that when I finished a book that I loved I would go to the library and bookstore and ask for another book that was similar. I think it is great for libraries and bookstores to take advantage of that because I believe that that is how you get kids to keep reading, once they have found something that they love.
One trend that the article mentioned that I am not so sure how I feel about, because I love so many of the classics, is the rewriting of classics that most of us are probably familiar with. For example, the article writes, “and although not all teens are picking up the classics, they’re getting the same storylines through a growing trend of retold tales. New spins on old books include “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” by Seth Grahame-Smith, “Another Faust” by Daniel Nayeri, “Jane” by April Lindner, and “For Darkness Shows the Stars” by Diane Peterfreund. The case can even be made that Bella Swan’s relationships in the “Twilight” series are akin the angst and longing suffered by Elizabeth Bennett in “Wuthering Heights” (Paul 2).
I am not sure that those would be titles that I would be picking up but at the same time, if it is getting people to read then I guess that it a success. For those of us who have already read some of the classics mentioned above, it might possibly be interesting to see how they retold it. You can definitely tell that current trends are being brought into these classics, for example, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” which kind of has my interest on how they would incorporate zombies into such a classic.
Here is the Amazon description of the novel:
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”
“So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombiestransforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read”