Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.
This Week’s Theme:
“Welcome to Bromance in Fiction 101”
Hello you, welcome to Bromance in Fiction 101. If you turn to page 3 of your syllabus, I’ll go through some of the titles we’ll be covering this term.
Though you’re probably wondering: how does one teach Bromance 101? A very good question Jimmy Bob–you see…I have no idea except for the necessity of a fleshed out and invigorating friendship. Plus, I am just full of ridiculousness so there’s that to look forward to in the semester.
Patrick Ness – A Monster Calls
Yes, I’d begin with an accessible (but insightful) introductory through an anthropomorphic enigma in The Monster being a suitable representation of feels.
J.R.R Tolkien – Lord of the Rings
This might be a title that is read throughout the course as opposed to a singular study; meaning this needs to be started early. (An alternative to this is Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.)
Andrew Smith – The Alex Crow
The exploration of childhood experimentalism and creative ingenuity.
Tadatoshi Fujimaki – Kuroko’s Basketball
A story of goals and achievements; of pressure and defeat. It fits somewhere in the middle for a nice change in scenery to look at bromance from a comic/manga perspective.
Benjamin Alire Saenz – Ari & Dante
The midpoint of this course calls for something rather slow, perhaps, meditative, but definitely thoughtful. Yeah I’m using this title [again] despite not having read it [yet]. Why do I keep doing this? Who knoooows.
Colleen Hoover – Hopeless
CoHo is required reading? Absolutely says every single person who wants me to read CoHo LOL. (Don’t worry you guys, #JoeyReadsNA is happening soon…and it’ll start with this title). Yeah it’s a New-Adult pick; its subtext in contemporary romance is something that should garner wonderful discussions because lesson plans involve talking through feels. How not absurd?!
Scott Westerfeld – Zeroes
Maybe I’m just still on this book high that I have to promote this book over-and-over again like a broken record. Or maybe not, but this first book is actually pretty self-contained and has some good feels in it that’d make for some easy reading…because friendships at its best are faultless and easy. As they ought to be.
Maggie Stiefvater – The Raven Boys
And I quote from Joséphine (@wordrevel): “PYNCH!!!” But as I have heard, there are wonderful polygamist-y bromance dynamics between the four; among other wonderful things.
Ernest Cline – Ready Player One
The penultimate title for reasons aligned to the satire and pop-culture influences of today’s necessity toward the digitization of friendship. Because a like isn’t always just a like. (That, and I felt like this is a reward to students taking this class LOL.)
S.E. Hinton – The Outsiders
While part of me thinks that this would be a great introductory read into the course, I’m honestly thinking that I’d rather have this as a course capstone read to wrap everything up.
I MEAN WHY NOT? Plus, I’m proud of this syllabus LOL. I think it’s well-rounded! Though let’s be serious: my teaching methods would be horrendous because I haven’t read everything that is in the syllabus so my existing experience giving presentations to hundreds of students could prove moot if I were to teach this tomorrow hah.
Other stellar choices that came to mind might have been ‘The Maze Runner’, ‘Will Grayson, Will Grayson’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Gentleman Bastards’, ‘More Happy Than Not’, and ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’.
But my question to you is: which book with an awesome bromance is something you’d have for a required reading if you taught this nonsensical course?