OCTOBER 30: WHAT MAKES A GOOD “COMING OF AGE” STORY?
Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books. It is hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. It is where different bookish topics are discussed, explained and ruminated. Different opinions are shared and blog hopping is encouraged too.
I joined this book meme because a topic could lead to different answers. It helps me share my thoughts while being educated by other posts too. Aside from this, I get to reflect on topics which interest me. Some people would not agree with my answers but that is okay, each to his own.
Having books to accompany you grow up is a treat which I experienced through the Harry Potter series. The story as everyone knows, is about Harry Potter’s life. In the first book Harry was thirteen years old. Although, I was younger than 13 when I read The Philosopher’s stone, I was able to connect with him. I am not an orphan but his feelings of wonder because of magic and Hogwarts was very infectious. Growing up reading the Harry Potter series was one of the good things I did when I was young. This is because it has made me curious about the magical world of books.
Twenty years after, I still read coming of age stories. This kind of story is usually seen in the YA contemporary genre. I like most of these stories when drama and internal reflection is being made by the character. Sometimes, an event like death, peer pressure or moving to another school are plot problems.
The death of a loved one usually hits close to home for me. As I read books with this plot, they help me heal and realize that it is still normal to grieve even if it was for a long time. This is also the reason why I love, Love and Gelato by Jenna Evan Welch. The story is light and set in Italy. However, death is the reason why Lina the main character was there. Until now, I could relate to the pain of losing a loved one. It sucks but I do live with it. Just like in the story, the only way to move is to acknowledge the pain and live on. I consider this as a coming of age story since Lina was better emotionally in the end of the story compared to the start.
Since everyone experiences social-emotional problems, diverse coming of age stories are important. The diversity helps people understand different genders, cultures, belief and emotions. It broadens the horizon and helps respect others. Also, diverse coming of age stories help the future generation to be more emphatic. It hones the emotional quotient which some could only have through books. Relating to someone, fictional or real is very important for growth. Also, this genre educates on topics which concern social problems like bullying, misogyny, discrimination and others. Most of the topics for the coming of age stories are sensitive which test personal beliefs.
At first I was thinking of siting The female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis as an example for this topic. This story has impacted me as a reader. I did not write about it here since it was “almost” a coming of age story. To understand me, you must read it. Despite this, the book teaches and makes the reader aware of society’s problems. Also, there are consequences if the law was broken. I very much like this book because it was raw and real.
This topic was challenging too..
Question: Do you enjoy reading coming of age stories?
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