So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it allows us to be more creative. It basically tells us to pick a subject that we would want to teach in school, but it must be related to reading. Examples: YA Contemporary 101, Classics through the ages, etc. Then we have to pick 10 books that will allow us to enhance the course. I really like this Top Ten because it sounds really cool. Like a Hogwarts teacher planning her materials for the school year*_*
I’m pretty sure you can guess what I would teach if there is such a subject. It would be Fantasy YA 101 and my course would be called The Magical World of Literature! I will divide my course into five sections.
“Lets start from the Beginning”
The class will start off looking at different types of fairytales. Let’s admit it, almost all stories derive from well known fairytales that we love. What would my class be if we don’t start of with the famous Grimm Brother and Hans Christian Andersen
Then of course I will move on to Fairytale Re-telling to see how modern authors have used and tweaked the original stories to make it their own. I will use the famous Goose Girl by Shannon Hale and Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I used two different books to show how fantasy is a genre that’s very flexible and it can be integrated to other genres.
Then we will move on to the two most famous sub-genre of Fantasy and that is Urban and High/Epic Fantasy.
For Urban Fantasy there really isn’t any question what I will pick, since this book is so beautiful, everyone from generations on end should have a chance to read it and that is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K Rowling. I will also include the ever famous Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan to further give evidence on how modern authors use different sources to create fascinating stories and wonderful worlds.
Finally, we will dive into the beautiful worlds of High Fantasy. A fantasy course will not be complete if the ever famous world of Middle Earth is not included. They will then compare the classic story with a more recent release. The two books we will use are The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien and Graceling by Kristin Kashore.
An Introduction to Magical Creatures
Of course I will end my lovely class talking about the one thing that most books don’t have and that’s the magical creatures. In almost all fantasy novels that has been made, there are usually creatures that are not from our world. The two books that I will pick are Eragon by Christopher Paolini and The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
Well that’s it for The Magical World of Literature. Hope you had a great time!