13 February 2008
Wednesday of 5th Week
English Faculty Building, Rm. 5
To read and discuss: Stephanie Meyer's Twilight.
After our last insightful meeting on what Johanna terms "clique lit" for adolescent/teenage girls, we agreed that it would be beneficial and interesting to spend the next few sessions focused on recent trends in children's literature. We identified these broad genres as big at the moment:
--Werewolves/vampires in high school (Stephanie Meyer's Twilight Series)
--Child/teen spy books (the Alex Rider series, Ally Carter's I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You)
--Post-Harry Potter fantasy
We thought that since we just did Upper East Side princesses in high school, we'd move to vampires in high school and start with Stephanie Meyer's Twilight to have a look at this Buffyesque phenomenon.
We discussed the role of marketing on children's literature today, and the way in which they are being used as advertising space as well as tied up in larger money-making endeavors such as films, television shows, and lines of products. Check out this article on Scholastic's computer game-driven new series of books that will serve as a follow-up to Harry Potter: