P is for Persevere

P is for Persevere.

It’s day 16 of

the A to Z Challenge!

Otherwise known as the letter P Day for my theme

Novels for Young Adults.

You’ve no doubt noticed that in most young adult literature (as well as most literature of any kind) the main character faces obstacles–usually both external and internal. A teen’s job is to figure out ways to overcome the obstacles of life. By following along with characters facing terrible odds, young people learn strategies to cope with these struggles. Teens observe characters who persevere.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Charlie is a wallflower, one who observes, one who stands apart. But along the way Charlie searches for a place for himself on the edges of high school society. At first, it appears it is only Charlie’s differentness (probably not a word, but difference just didn’t cut it) that keeps him apart. Later, the reader will see that Charlie fights a battle inside himself–a dark secret from his past. When Charlie manages to persevere despite the odds and the heartbreak, his victory is that much sweeter. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is also an excellent movie. In fact, I watched the movie before reading the book.

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Princess Bride is a delightful book and movie (one of those instances in which I liked the movie more) about two would-be lovers, Buttercup and Westley, who persevere through terrible odds (including a death that may or may not be final). The Princess Bride contains elements of whimsy with a giant who rhymes and an out-of-work swordsman searching for a man with six fingers. An excellent movie for the younger set, and for the older young adults, a first look at meta-fiction (the narrator embeds a literary sleight of hand in one S. Morgenstern).

Who is your favorite character who never gives up? Do you prefer the book of the movie of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Princess Bride?

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P is for Persevere — 4 Comments

    • Ha ha! My family and I quote that movie all the time, too. Our favorite thing is to say that something is inconceivable. A friend of my daughter’s attended a wedding, and the officiator used the wedding vow from this movie (though he said, “Love, true love” instead of “wuv, true wuv”). So, yeah, this movie has broad influence.

    • Mark Watney was amazing and inspiring! I’ve never heard of This Savage Song, but I looked it up and the premise is interesting.

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