Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Top Five Wednesday: Required Reading

5. Othello by Shakespeare—I’ve actually read this twice, the first time in high school, the second in college. I enjoyed Othello in high school, but when I read it in college, I LOVED it. I really understood everything without having to pick apart every line of dialogue, and I got a lot more of the jokes the second time around, and I think that Shakespeare is so witty, and so wonderfully able to make me laugh despite the tragic nature of the play.

4. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding—A lot of people know that the Hunger Games was totally ripped off from a Japanese book/movie called Battle Royale. What a lot of people don’t know is that the Hunger Games comes from a MUCH LONGER LINE of rip-off’s and retellings. The Lord of the Flies precedes Battle Royale in this line, and I enjoyed the Lord of the Flies a lot more than the Hunger Games, actually. (perhaps I’ll talk more about this in a later post)

3. The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous—The Epic of Gilgamesh is the earliest story (that I know of) in the Hunger Games line. For that matter, the Epic of Gilgamesh also spawns a Hamlet-The Lion King line. I LOVE the Lion King, and I enjoy the stories in the Hunger Games rip-off* line. Point is, the Epic of Gilgamesh is the ORGINAL of stories that I enjoy, so of course I enjoyed it.

2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett—I read this book for my high school multicultural lit class, and I LOVED IT. This is one of the only school books I’ve read where I was really able to connect with the characters.

1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini—I also read this book for my multicultural lit class, and I swear to you, I cried. I don’t cry for books a lot. I can still count the number of books which have caused tears to roll down my face on one hand (Books that caused me to tear up is a different story, and I don’t really count as crying) (perhaps I’ll talk about this in a later post as well)

*at this point, I don’t feel rip-off is quite the right word for what I’m talking about. It’s essentially a line of stories that contain similar themes and plot elements in a way that doesn’t seem coincidental. A lot of books in the same genre may have similar elements, but not be a rip-off. What I’m talking about here is somewhere in the middle.

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