Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’m not totally sure I would be qualified to teach this course, but I’d love to take it.
- The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Ideally I’d prefer to study The Lord of The Rings, but we’d never finished ten books if we did that.
- Sabriel by Garth Nix
This is a few years old now, and provides a nice bridge between Tolkien and more recent works.
- Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
Obviously this had a massive impact on YA Fantasy. I prefer some of the later books, but there’s a (very small) chance that some students haven’t read this series before.
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
I’d be tempted to study Stardust, which is my favourite Gaiman, but this is a great introduction to urban fantasy.
- Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
At this point I think it’s time to look at someone playing with the tropes of fantasy, and no one does that better than Pratchett. Any Discworld novel would work for this, but if I have to cover something in depth I may as well pick one of my favourites.
- Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice
This would be our first foray into some darker fantasy, and has the added bonus of demonstrating everything that’s wrong with Twilight.
- Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Partly I’d want to talk about constructing fantasy worlds and integrating back story in a non-clunky way, but mostly I just love this book.
- The Owl Service by Alan Garner
This is a nice eerie atmospheric one, bordering on magical realism.
- A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
More beautiful world building, but in a totally different style. This would also be a good point to compare the magic systems of the books we’d studied.
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This isn’t itself a fantasy book, but it’s a great look at the impact YA fantasy has on people, particularly actual those who are actually young adults, and it also looks at how the internet is changing the relationship between authors and readers, which seems like a good thing to think about at the end of the course.
Please forgive me if this post is gobbledegook, I’ve worked 8.5 hours today.