Young Adult Lit/Crit

April 25, 2008

Heir Apparent, Lit Circle thoughts

Filed under: Lit Circle Picks — Joyce @ 11:35 am

Just wanted to recap our mini-lit circle yesterday. Mandy and I read HEIR APPARENT, and if you’re a gamer you’ll probably want to check it out, too. I’m the type of person who ordered N64 from a store in Chicago when it first came out because all the stores around me were sold out. I’m the sort of person who was more excited about PS2 than books for Christmas when it first came out. (I know, it’s hard to believe that’s even possible. I liked it better than books?)

This is definitely a fun read, and we both enjoyed discussing our thoughts on the protagonist Giannine (in the game she is Janine) and her choices during the gaming event. If she trusts one character, someone else might not work with her in the future. I personally wouldn’t have trusted the same people she did, and if you play video games-you’ll definitely be surpised at the people Janine decides to spend time with as well.

I suggested that this might pair well with a screening of Run Lola Run. The following is a link to the intro . 

I haven’t watched this movie in a couple of years, so I would have to rewatch it with age-appropriateness in mind before solidifying this suggestion. If you haven’t seen this movie, you should check it out. The idea I think would work so well here is the notion of choice. Not only would these two materials inspire some philosophical convos about how we know things, and scientific convos about the possibility of time being non-linear, but also- importantly- the idea that even small choices may make a huge difference later in our lives. This may illuminate how important it is for our students to really think about their actions.

Liked the book. Will definitely bring it to my classroom someday with the intent of exploring how we “choose our own endings” and how that should empower us, and inspire us to think before we act.



1 Comment »

  1. Van Velde has an interesting website. Worth clicking on her writers’ tips if you’re working on fiction! But check out all of her many titles at that link. KES

    Comment by sunyprof — April 26, 2008 @ 9:00 am

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