Certainly Twilight has had its time to shine in the literary world, but when the time has come for a comparison test, there’s really no substance to work with in this world of vampires and shapeshifters. Also, the title gears itself more towards the female audience. With the following books, the audience is varied more widely towards both male and female teens. The City of Bones series nearly made this list, but it’s much too new of a book series to have only just seen a surge in popularity, and so it’s too early to tell whether or not it would take a spot in a “Top Ten Best List” quite yet. Although the following is a bit shorter; a top 5 list of the biggest teen genre books.
Coming in at number one is the world renown Harry Potter series. To say that these books did not make a impact on modern day pop culture would be a lie. There’s hardly a soul above the age of eight who does not recognize the signature circular glasses, the lightning shaped scar on a forehead, and the deep red and gold colored scarf. A few other icons that have made themselves unanimous with Harry Potter is the broomstick and the golden snitch, with its crazy quick flapping wings. Harry potter has been beloved by readers of all ages since its initial release in the 90’s.
The second series that gears towards teens, which has seen great success since its release, is the Chronicles of Narnia series. Sure, the last few movies released were lackluster, as far as the enthusiasm of the people go, but the books are still some of the most well respected examples of teen and young adult fantasy to have hit the bookshelves.
The Inheritance Cycle comes in at number three, having shown excellent success with all ages, particularly teens. Each volume of these thick books is chock full of some of the greatest writing you will ever find in a teen series of books. The best known title for the series is definitely Eragon, which shows off the signature dragon close-up the book covers are so well known for. Once again, the released movie falls flat on its face in comparison to the written word, but those die-hard fantasy fans understand the difference of quality between the two and probably won’t have their reading interrupted by the failed film anytime soon.
Lord of the Flies is a classic for teens and young adults alike. Many studenta are actually required to read it in class, either in middle school or high school. The story tells of dystopian world where children attempt to re-create their own society on a deserted island, with disasterous results. It truly does have a deep and political meaning to its display, as it mirrors many of the mistakes that society as a whole has made and really brings certain aspects to light on basic human nature.
The fifth and final book of this list would have to be Go Ask Alice. Since the release of the title in 1971, it’s been a question of some deep rooted controversies. The story is about a young girl who becomes addicted to drugs and is actually formatted in very much the same way a diary would be. The cover even claims the name of “Anonymous”, as if to say the author was not Beatrice Sparks. Nevertheless, while the book might have some dark tendencies, it does have some very “coming of age” qualities to it that should be read only by teens and even older generations. It covers such subjects as accepting oneself, weight loss, crushes, and awkwardness as a growing young adult trying to figure out the world through the eyes of a completely unknown and unnamed 15 year old.