Adult / Youth Fantasy Titles

I've a reluctant reader among my adult learners (don't we all). But she burned through the first eight volumes of the graphic soap-opera called Bone. Now she and I are waiting for the ninth and final volume, due out in January.

I don't know if she'd be interested in the Twilight series. Well, I never know what people might be interested in when it comes to those fantasy-related youth / adult crossover titles.

[Edit: I have to throw in that famous quote from Albert Einstein: "If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." There's a truth in that for anyone scaffolding imaginative learning. But - and this is a huge 'but' - Saturday morning cartoons are still no substitute for science and math. Note the posts immediately above and below this one.]

For younger readers, the Independent (UK) is recommending Dominic Barker's Blart: The Boy Who Didn't Want To Save the World. They also recommend Patrick Ness (The Knife of Never Letting Go), Jonathanv Stroud (the Bartimaeus trilogy), and Catherine Fisher (Sapphique). I don't know any of those books, and am not likely to. The write-ups sounded... young.

But then, my reading tastes remain quietly old. Lately, I've been scouring used bookstores for anything written by Ray Bradbury; not least his sci-fi planetary stories that so describe our weather of late:

The rain continued. It was a hard rain, a perpetual rain, a sweating and steaming rain; it was a mizzle, a downpour, a fountain, a whipping at the eyes, an undertow at the ankles; it was a rain to drown all rains and the memory of rains. It came by the pound and the ton, it hacked at the jungle and cut the trees like scissors and shoved the grass and tunneled the soil and molted the bushes. It shrank men's hands into the hands of wrinkled apes; it rained a solid glassy rain, and it never stopped.

Meanwhile, in our community library, the Harry Potter books (once so anticipated, see curbside) sit growing dusty on the shelves. We've stopped taking them around in the bookwagon (though, of course, we must have High School Musical and Goosebumps - groan).


ballet girl said...

Do you think the Harry Potter books are just too daunting because of their size? Or are they 'uncool'?

Wendell said...

The size of the HP novels wasn't a problem back in the day. Adults and kids - including some reluctant readers - took them on eagerly.

Now, I think, size might start to matter. As with Lord of the Rings, people may enjoy the movies, but then look at the length of the books and think... naw. (Here C.S. Lewis' books have the advantage.)