The following is a list of all the books that have been “Wildly Popular” in the last decade or so that have completely passed me by:
Harry Potter: All of them
Twilight – 2, 3, 4. I read number one. That was enough. Sparkly vampires! Oooh.
The Hunger Games – All of them.
Wizardry, sparkly vampires, and dystopic societies where children kill each other for food and the entertainment of others. FUN!
The common thread I see with all of these books is that they were originally written for children. We, adults, are devouring young adult fiction like we’ve bellied up to the book buffet.
I yearn for the resurgence of historical fiction.
Sci-fi, fantasy, dystopia, they all have their place in fiction. I read Fahrenheit 451, A Wrinkle In Time, Animal Farm; I have an idea what I’m talking about.
Looking to the future, and what that means for humanity, is as old as time itself. It seems to me that, the longer I live, the more I see that the future of our future lies in our past.
So here’s my battle cry: blood sucking, hunting for food and killing other humans to get it, stories of wizardry and magic, are really stories of powers we wish had to fight the demon within and without; these are all stories of our past. These are the age-old struggle of good verses evil, which lie within us all.
If the Juggernauts are your gateway, your key, to opening the door to other books about what it means to be human, please, read.
And then? Explore. Explore beyond the opening of the next Hungry Kids Killing Each Other movie. Explore beyond the, “I wish my husband/significant other was like Edward and sparkled in the sun” book/movie.
The roots of those stories lie beyond the metroplex. They are deep within us. They are our human past.
They are bigger than books.