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Friday, November 21, 2014

Comparing Books

It has been happening a lot lately. When a new book gets published or becomes popular, critics and readers will constantly compare it to other novels in the same genre. Like when The Maze Runner started getting insanely popular with the movie coming out, people began to compare that series to The Hunger Games and Divergent. While there are some similarities I don't believe those comparisons work.

But The Hunger Games, The Fault In Our Stars, and Divergent are becoming the three books/series that every Young Adult book is being compared to as of late.

Is this fair?

While those three books are very good and very popular, I personally do not think we should only compare new books to those three titles. It is not fair to any book. We should actually try to find a book that is similar in plot or premise, or even in the style of writing and compare it to that new book. Not just say "Oh its Young Adult dystopia, if you liked Hunger Games and Divergent you will like this book.

These books are NOT the same. It gives readers the wrong impression. It is putting forward the idea that because you liked these popular, extremely likeable, books then you will definitely like this other one even though it is completely different. I think people need to try harder when comparing books to one another. They should find something that is actually similar instead of what is just popular.

Am I wrong on this?

-Shawnee Smith

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