When you read a lot of YA over several years, you start to notice things. At least if you’re me. Sure, you notice some plot and character formulas at work, but that is to be expected. And yes, some books obviously resemble each other — which is good, because it helps us compile read alikes!
That’s not what I’m talking about though. I’m referring to a funny and lesser understood phenomenon. I make associations. Basically, I’ve begun matching trivial little details of different books. What’s the use of this? I don’t really know if there is one. Sometimes it does seem like an interesting sociological phenomenon. Like when two film biopics of the same person come out within in a few months of each other. Everyone thinks, Why Hitchcock? Why now? Other times, it doesn’t seem to mean anything; it’s just coincidence. (I’m not a detective, so I’m allowed to believe in coincidence).
Anyway, dear readers, I’m going to share some of these strange associations with you now. I can’t remember all of them, but here are a selection for your entertainment.
Three books where the mother is a highly successful romance writer
Two books where the parent is a hugely famous author
Historical re-enactment villages feature prominently in both
In 2008 we had Katniss, Katsa, and Kezi
Two authors with the same last name wrote books with “Girl” in the title
I’m not to going to belabor the book covers thing because we know there is a lot to say on that subject. But here are a few anyway.
Book covers featuring shoes
“Sweet” cookie covers (both authors named Sara(h)!
Books written as a college admissions essay
Books written in the form of a writing assignment
Now you might also have a better idea of the kinds of books I read the most. Anyway, what did I miss? Come on, you know you’ve come up with some of your own strange associations. Let me know in the comments!
— Amy Pelman, currently reading Hush by Stacey R. Campbell