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This week's topic... was a freebie, so I chose to write about the top ten books that will be YA classics. By this I mean in 75+ years I can still see people enjoying these novels. I hope you enjoy!
Top Ten Future Young Adult Classics
1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling- I could already call Harry Potter a classic. Give Harry Potter 30 more years of existence and we will start seeing it on the "classics" shelf in the book store with a 50 year anniversary sticker on it. If I met someone who hadn't heard of Harry Potter I would probably think that they lived 1) Under a rock 2) On Mars 3) In a igloo in Antarctica.
2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett- The Help is one of the best historical fiction novels I have ever read. Because the Help has amazing dialogue, characters that people can relate to, and a perfect balance of wit and tragedy I can see The Help gracing the shelves of libraries and book stores 100 years from now.
3. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta- Jellicoe Road is a lyrical novel with characters that I didn't automatically love, but slowly grew on me. Reading Jellicoe Road was a lot like solving a puzzle. There was one main plot throughout the novel, but there were about a million subplots/conflicts that I tried to find resolution to as I read. Willa from Willa's Ramblings has read Jellicoe Road 5 times, and each time she reads it, she discovers new pieces of the novel that she never knew existed. The characters, and all of the various plots in this novel are timeless so I am sure this will be a classic in the future.
4. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green- The Fault In Our Stars' theme is that every second of life is valuable and people should live life to the fullest. This theme is timeless. No matter what generation you grow up in, who your family is, or where you are from, this theme applies to every living human being that walks the face of the Earth. That is one criteria of a classic novel; it has to contain messages that affect all sorts of people, and will continue to affect people for years on end.
5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is entertaining, yet realistic. ATDPTI deals with real issues such as poverty, racism, bullies, etc. This novel also has cool cartoons. I can easily see ATDPTI teaching/entertaining people for years to come.
6. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli- In the most simple ways, Stargirl taught me the easiest way to have a great life:
1) Be nice to other people
2) (as cliche as this sounds) Be original and be yourself
Stargirl is refreshing, eye-opening and incredibly original. Something unique about Stargirl is that the novel is lovable and amazing, yet the main character/narrator is dislikable. I know that people will continue to enjoy this novel for quite some time.
7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- The Hunger Games is practically a classic already. Just like Harry Potter (not that I am comparing the two), I can see this novel sitting on a "classics" shelf at the library or at a book store in 40 or so years. This novel contains strong and well developed characters, and it is 100% action packed which is the recipe for a timeless novel.
8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- The Book Thief was written in 2006, yet the setting is during World War II. If people in 2012 can find a novel that takes place in World War II entertaining, capturing, and find lessons in the novel, than I'm sure that the novel will continue to teach people, and entertain people in the future. The way The Book Thief was written is timeless and lyrical as well.
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