Coming of Age

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Shiloh Adlar
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Coming of Age

Post by Shiloh Adlar » Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:10 am

Many books that are considered HOL appropriate deal with coming of age as a theme. I just finished a book called Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder which has that theme hidden in it.

Nine children are allowed on the island at a time. Each year, a boat brings in a toddler, or the new Care, and the Elder, the oldest child, gets in the boat and must leave. This is one of biggest rules on this island. The new Elder then takes the Care and teaches them the rules of the island and how to do important things that they must learn to fend for themselves and help out their community.

The whole story is weaved in a mystery and it started making sense when a certain event occurs. With some metaphorical writing going on, the story teaches an important lesson about moving on when the time comes. We can't stay children and innocent forever. Sometimes life forces us to leave our protective island and if we stay, we only upset the world around us.

What are your thoughts on coming of age stories? Do you enjoy them? Do you have any you would recommend? I am a fan of them personally since I sometimes need the reminder that growing up isn't perfect. It sucks, but it has to happen.
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Re: Coming of Age

Post by Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:41 pm

I'd never actually through of this as a category. I don't know why but upon reflection it is something both valid and real. I wondered if the coming of age books might change as time goes on, because of cultural changes themselves, but then again, while the outside world might get more technically advanced (or decline), the inner development (or lack thereof) of self happens no matter what the external circumstances might be.

When I did a Goodreads search for 'coming of age' books, they had a list of top 80 books and some of the books we know are on it! What caught my eye immediately was that Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone was #4 on the list and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was #9 on the list.

The number one position is held by The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky. (This is sort of amusing because a movie was made of the book, and gee, one of the people in the movie sure looks familiar!)

Oddly enough, Mockingjay (Susanne Collins) and the Hunger Games (Susanne Collins) are #14 and #15 on that list.

So, do I like them? Yes, the ones I've read (which are on that long list at Goodreads) are books I like.
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