If I Taught YA Fantasy 101!!!

I missed last week’s Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish. But it was such a fun topic, that I thought, hey let’s do that post anyway!

YA Fantasy is one of my favorite genres. And as a teacher, I feel like YA fantasy would be a fun class for students. So here are the top ten books that would be on my YA Fantasy 101 Syllabus for both high school and college students.

Let’s get to it!

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

hp1This is a given for me. I feel like it is something that everyone is familiar with and I could use it to teach different archetypes that we’d see in other fantasy novels.

2. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

thehobbitI don’t think we could delve into fantasy and leave Tolkien out completely. While I struggled through The Fellowship of the Ring, I think the fact that The Hobbit is shorter and a prequel to LOTR gives a nice glimpse into the Hero’s Journey archetype. Students might appreciate reading this one more.

3. The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

goldencompassI think that throwing a couple more “classic” works into the mix is helpful. It will show how fantasy has grown and changed as a genre. Plus, The Golden Compass is amazing and introduces alternate universes.

4. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

narniaA tale that many students would be familiar with already, this would be the last “classic” fantasy we’d read in the class before going more modern.

5. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

The_Lightning_Thief-1This whole series would be great for this course! I think that introducing  Percy and showing how he is a part of this epic fantasy world (that he didn’t even know existed) would be really fun for students. It’s also fun to see how mythology and fantasy creatures come into play here.

6. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

daughterofsmokeandboneSimply because the world building and character development in this novel are astonishing. Not to mention the mythical creatures and blending of two very different worlds will be fun to examine with a class.

7. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

51RYeVqlj9L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_I can’t say enough wonderful things about this book. The protagonists are amazing, the world building is beautiful, and overall it’s a great fantasy book.

8. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

indexWhile the Lunar Chronicles has tastes of Sci-Fi in it, I would love to teach about this series to talk about re-tellings and fairy tales.

9. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

TheGraveyardBook_HardcoverBecause Neil Gaiman. I really feel like that’s a good enough explanation for this one.

10. Throne of Glass

throne-of-glass-coverThis series has awesome characters, an exciting premise, and fun action! It’s a great example of more contemporary YA fantasy that I think high school and college students would enjoy

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