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August 30: Back To School Freebie — anything “back to school” related like 10 favorite books I read in school, books I think should be required reading, Required Reading For All Fantasy Fans, required reading for every college freshman, Books to Pair With Classics or Books To Complement A History Lesson, books that would be on my classroom shelf if I were a teacher.
I like the idea of Books to Pair With Classics. I think in a college course you could read both, or in high school read the modern/YA book and just talk about it’s classic version. It’s tough reading a book before you’re old enough for it…
1. Don Quixote and Going Bovine. There’s something to be said for Cervantes’ mad adventures, but they’re not an easy read.
2. Frankenstein and This Dark Endeavor. The second is a retelling of young Victor Frankenstein’s life, so it’s perfect.
3. The Grapes of Wrath and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Both deal with issues of poverty and the American Dream.
4. His Dark Materials and Paradise Lost. This is a trilogy, so it might need to be excerpts, but it could work.
5. Jane Eyre and Jane Steele. I love this homage, what can I say?
6. Macbeth and Beautiful Creatures. Witches, and family, and prophecy.
7. Moby Dick and Paper Towns. Some actual Moby Dick references in Paper Towns, and definite parallels in plot.
8. Pride & Prejudice and The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet. Pretty obvious.
9. Romeo and Juliet and The Fault in Our Stars. Star-crossed lovers, and unhappy endings.
10. The Scarlet Letter and The Boyfriend List. The issue of dealing with your choices–and the shame other people heap on you for them.