Thursday, July 1, 2010

New York Times Bestseller's List: Children Series Books

  On the New York Times bestsellers list, this books under the ‘Children Series Books’ category, these books were listed. To be honest, I wasn’t shocked but I was disappointed.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA, by Stephenie Meyer. Vampires and werewolves in school. (Ages 12 and up

PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS, by Rick Riordan. Children of the gods battle mythological monsters. (Ages 9 to 12)

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney. The travails of adolescence, in cartoons. (Ages 9 to 12)

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, by Sara Shepard. Four girls less perfect than they seem. (Ages 14 and up)

HOUSE OF NIGHT, by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. Vampires in school. (Ages 14 and up)

THE 39 CLUES, by various authors. A brother and sister travel the world in search of the key to their family’s power. (Ages 9 to 12)

VAMPIRE ACADEMY, by Richelle Mead.Undead boarding school. (Ages 12 and up)

RANGER’S APPRENTICE, by John Flanagan. A boy warrior fights evil. (Ages 9 to 12)

THE SECRETS OF THE IMMORTAL NICHOLAS FLAMEL, by Michael Scott. The quest of a 14th-century alchemist. (Ages 12 and up)

WARRIORS, by Erin Hunter. Four clans of cat warriors aspire to meet up with the
StarClan. (Ages 10 to 14)

There are three series about vampires on this list! *sadness ensues*

    Of course, I knew that the Twilight series would be on the top of the list and nothing I can say here can really convey my sorrow. It brings much sadness to my heart.

    Yay! Percy Jackson and the Olympians is second! Hallelujah, good literature prevails. Even though it is for kids, I love those books. They make me happy.

    At least it gets kids to read, but Diary of a Wimpy Kid primarily consists of cartoons rather than words. Joy.

    I haven’t read it, Pretty Little Liars but after reading about it on Wikipedia, it doesn’t look like my cup of tea. Apparently it has been described as "Desperate Housewives for teens." Yay, just what teens need nowadays, drama and stupidity.

    House of Night looks like every other vampire novel on the market. Kids just can’t get enough of bloodsucking monsters who go to high school, can they?

     I used to love The 39 Clues! They’re so original and fun for kids. Well done, kids, you may still have some sense left. Well done.

     Vampire Academy looks so new and innovative! A novel about vampires, who would’ve thought of that? *sigh*

     I read about half of The Secrets Of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel and I couldn’t finish it because it bored me. But, hey, that’s just me. Also, the author's name is Michael Scott which is hilarious.

    Warriors? Seriously? Just reading the description makes my heart hurt: “Four clans of cat warriors aspire to meet up with the StarClan.” Cat warriors? Really? Well, at least that’s better than vampires.

    Well, that’s the list. Let me know what you think of this. Have you read any of the books on this list? If so, did you like them? Did you hate them? Did you find them mildly enjoyable? Let me know, I love to hear from you.


Zack said...

I've read quite a few of these, and the one I was surprised to see on the list is the Ranger's Apprentice. I read the series last year (it's a series, with 6 of the books available in the States), and it's actually a pretty decent series. It's not Lord of the Rings, but it's definitely fantasy worth reading.

I'm also glad the The Pendragon Adventure series didn't crack the list. Those books were terrible.

Lizzy said...

Well I'm not surprised that there are vampire books. Whether or not the sudden rise of being into fictional romantic vampires in society bothers you is something else, but to me, the biggest trap in books, and this is for ALL ages, is when the characters do immoral stuff and there are NO consequences. Kids are being fed ideas of things that some of them shouldn't even know about, and do not learn a thing about consequences. You don't have to be religious, wise, or even that smart to see that life has consequences...I guess, unless, you're most authors.

Jessie said...

What is the world coming to? :|