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It’s Tuesday, and I like to post a random (And I mean, random!) top five of YA and kidlit.

Today’s is.. 

Top Five Literary Phenomenons I Want to See After Vampires and Zombies (Figuratively) Die and Werewolves Are Considered Lame

1.  Yetis
2. Aliens
3. Unicorns
4. Trolls
5.  Sea Monkeys and/or Sea Monsters

Face it.  Once vampires have made it to the juicebox set aka Disney, their time may be soon over.  But I came up with 5 other ideas for literary phenomenons after vampires and zombies die their metaphorical literary deaths, and werewolves become as fearsome as Golden Retriever puppies.

# 5 Admit it, you wanted sea monkeys as a kid.  And you always wondered “Why are those sea monkeys so tall on the package? What kind of lives do they have?” Novels about sea monkeys that are….wait for it.. carnivorous would be amazing.  And then you’d wonder, “Well, WHO do they kill? Why do they kill?”  If I saw a book entitled “Escape from the Carnivorous Sea Monkeys,” you’d bet I’d read it.  Sea Monsters is all could get some Loch Ness action in there too. The Kraken..

# 4  They can’t all be ugly and gross.  If vampires can sparkle, trolls can love.   Where’s my My Fair Troll? And no, not the scary little dolls.
(This picture cracks me up. You’ve GOT to look up the movie on Youtube. The music, the cinematography!) 
# 3 Girls love unicorns.  New YA release Rampant takes the tale of the familiar horned beasts and makes them into bloodthirsty animals.   I love it!  Even though one of my favorite books is The Last Unicorn, I’ve read several stories (especially from this anthology) that turn unicorns into more than pastel pink ponies.

# 2 Stephanie Meyer’s The Host didn’t usher in a slew of alien
books, but it’s never too late. Once a topic for science fiction
shelves, aliens can exist in the mainstream literature too.  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?  Try Tale Of Two Cities and Aliens
# 1 Have you seen the Disney Everest ride? And the horrible-looking Yeti who grabs at you? The Yeti angle offers a ton of possibilities.  Forbidden romances.. forget Bella and Edward, he’s a Yeti, she’s a Sasquatch, will their love ever survive such high altitudes and differing climates?


It’s Tuesday, and I like to post a random (And I mean, random!) top five of YA and kidlit.

Today’s is.. 

Top Five Kidlit Characters Who Were Infinitely Cooler Than Me When I Was Younger

1.  Dawn Schafer (The Baby-Sitters Club)
2. Harry Potter (Harry Potter)
3. Sara Crewe (A Little Princess)
4. Harriet the Spy (Harriet the Spy)
5.  Alice (Alice in Wonderland)

Honorable mentions: Anastasia Krupnik, Dani Callanzano, Pollyanna, Ramona Quimby, Encyclopedia Brown

#5  Alice has a wonderful imagination, and gets to travel to a fantastic world. She also gets to fall asleep under a tree reading. I’ve never done that, and thus I’m jealous.  Sure, her magical fantasy trip has her end up in peril. Nothing’s perfect.

# 4 Harriet is so cunning! She’s also laying the foundation of being an accomplished writer, recording all of her family and friends’ movements.  Yes, it backfires but we all have to start somewhere. Look at Perez Hilton.  ..Scratch that.

# 3 Sara Crewe lost her father, all her fine clothes, and nearly all of her friends, but still, she kept up her grace and beliefs.  Then Ram Dass sees her, all bedraggled and smiling, and bestows her with many fine goods.  And sure, Mr. Carrisford is a long-lost friend of her father’s, but he doesn’t know she’s the Sara Crewe, he and Ram Dass are simply charmed by her kind way.  I get annoyed when the grocery store is out of my favorite cereal.

# 2 “You’re a wizard, Harry.”  Need I say more?

# 1 Dawn Schafer is the coolest. First of all, she had hair so pale and long, it reached down her back.  And she lived in California, which we learned in the beginning every single Baby-Sitters Club book ever, because it’s the epitome of whoa. Second only to Stacey who was in New York City. How cosmopolitan can you get?  She’s also vegetarian, which according to US Weekly is “way cool” – sorry, dibbly fresh – and extremely health-conscious.  She eats alfalfa even.  I didn’t even know what alfalfa was until I was twenty six. True story.  She’s also into saving the Earth,  a little too much so, and this causes a lot of drama in Dawn Saves the Planet.  But it’s all resolved, because she’s Dawn!   Even if her goal is a little dramatic – saving the earth, how about saving the community – she still gets her message across.  Then in the television episode, Dawn Saves the Trees, she doesn’t just save the park, she saves all the trees, with the help of pre-Scrubs geeky-adorable Zach Braff.  Dawn was green before we even “went green.”

I was at work today, stacking books (we got 400 copies of Nicholas Sparks’ new one) and I started thinking about literary top fives.  So maybe I’ll do a Top Five every Tuesday.

Top Five Literary  Characters I Wouldn’t Want to be on a Desert Island With

1.  Ralph’s gang (Lord of the Flies)
2. Dracula (Dracula)
3. Voldemort (Harry Potter)
4. Pip (Great Expectations)
5. Holden Caulfield (Catcher in the Rye)

The reasoning behind # 1 is pretty evident, but I’ll spare the spoiler. Wikipedia is your friend.  #2, 3  are obvious as well.  # 4 and 5 are the antithesis for each other, but Holden would make me loathe every single grain of sand on that island, with his observations of why he hates that coconut and that lizard and that rock.

And now I want to know yours.