December 1st

Happy December! It’s crazy that November is over. I feel like the fall went by so quickly. Although time always seems to go by quickly except when you want it to (sitting in traffic, waiting in line…). I’m not sure what to write about today…Music? Movies? TV? Books? Oh I know! Recently, Entertainment Weekly has been running a competition to see what is the best Young Adult book of all time. Here’s a link to the article about the winner!

That’s right – the winner was the Harry Potter series! I know I already wrote a post about Harry Potter, but there’s so much to say about YA books themselves. I thought there were some pretty serious contenders in this race – “The Hunger Games” series, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “The Fault in Our Stars,” the “Divergent” series…the list goes on. In the end though, I think the right book(s) won. I know this competition was about the best YA book of all time, but I think Harry Potter is significant because it has defined a generation. I think it is similar to the way so many people who were teenagers in the 60s see The Beatles as one of the defining pop culture moments of their generation. Harry Potter has convinced so many kids to read, and I don’t think it will ever age. It’s one of those singular things in history that is so exemplary, it probably will never be repeated. Which I am definitely okay with.

 

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