The Power of Literature

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Megan George, Staff writer

Society today has been shaped around the powerful pieces of literature lurking in it. Classical and new age books alike have had a very powerful influence on all generations differently. In this day and age, each generation seems to be personally affected by different genres of literature.

Children books for ages six through ten hold life lessons that can be found through the thrill of adventure. This theme of action that appeals to younger minds is seen in the most popular children’s book of this generation.

According to Children’s Book Guide, the most popular children’s book is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. The main character, Max, embarks on a thrilling adventure in his wolf suit after being sent to his room for being naughty. Max meets “the wild things” that he finds in the forest that grows in his room. Max tames these wild beasts and crowns himself their king. When the wild beasts begin to grow rowdy, Max sends them all to bed and begins to feel lonely. He then realizes that it is time to return home to the people who loved him most of all.

Young Adult readers, between the ages of thirteen to nineteen, read a variety of genres. Many books include action, romance, thrillers and comedy. These books tend to keep young minds on the edge of their seat and engaged in the story. This element of reading is seen clearly in the most popular young adult books of this generation.

According to www.npr.org, the most popular young adults books are found in the “Harry Potter” series. Harry Potter, the protagonist in the series, escaped from the evil clutches of Lord Voldemort at birth and earns a distinct scar of a lightning bolt on his forehead. At the age of thirteen, Potter discovers that he is a wizard and becomes a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Throughout the series, Harry and his friends embark on many adventures in attempts to permanently defeat Voldemort and his army of Death Eaters.

Adults popularly read nonfiction and informative stories. These books tends to call into question aspects of society and have even called for reform. This theme of change has been found in the most popular book for adults.

According to whytoread.com, the most popular book is the Holy Bible. The Bible is a collection of books written by Christian authors inspired by God. This book contains stories and teachings of God and Jesus through the Old and New Testament. It also contains the guidelines to a Christian lifestyle and morals to live by. The Bible mainly influences the 2.2 billion Christians found worldwide.