Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is Top Ten Books That I've Changed My Mind About Since I First Read Them. There are many books that I've been able to reread now that, for me as a younger reader, had too much sexual or disturbing content. Most those I never fully finished the first time, however. The books on this list are going to be different: these are books that, for whatever reason, I did get to the end of once before and then changed my mind about later, whether for the positive or for the negative.
1) Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga. I adored this when I first read it, as an unstable thirteen-year-old girl, and I've since come to recognize the very problematic sexist and abusive behavior portrayed (and glorified) in this series. I think that's the case for lots of people. I don't think it's total trash in a cultural-literary sense, but it's definitely not great.
2) C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. The first time I read this series, I was twelve, and the last couple of books were very confusing and scary to me. Now that I'm older, I appreciate the metaphorical and symbolic purpose of the end of the series, and I can see that it's beautiful, not frightening.
3) "The Little Mermaid" and "The Little Match-Girl" by Hans Christian Andersen. Same sort of thing for these as with C.S. Lewis. I adore Andersen's work nowadays, I think it's beautiful, deep stuff, but reading them when I was little these stories just made me sad and scared. Especially since I was obsessed with Disney's The Little Mermaid, where only the bad guy died and love <3 and stuff.
4) Veronica Roth's Divergent Trilogy. I was enthusiastic about this series at first, especially since I was wanting a YA sci-fi dystopian that didn't fall flat after The Hunger Games, but this trilogy did fall flat. It just took a little longer to get there, which made it all the more disappointing. I hope Veronica Roth manages to overcome that and hold onto her career, because she has a lot of potential, and my writing friends and I all do quite admire her.
5) Ann Aguirre's Enclave trilogy. This is one of the YA dystopians post-Hunger Games that fell through the cracks for me. I read the first book, and in the midst of the dystopian fatigue, I didn't think it worth continuing the series. A roommate here at school convinced me to give it another go, and I ended up liking it. The main character is a great strong female character without being trope-y about it, and the sociocultural and psychological aspects of the series, especially in the second book, are really fascinating.
6) Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry. I read this book before I read The Giver, mostly just because the main character's name is Kira, and I wasn't very impressed. After having read The Giver though, I appreciated it a lot more. Now I have a deep love for the entire Giver Quartet.
7) Meg Cabot's The Princess Diaries. I liked this series a lot when I was younger, but rereading it now, I think it's kind of silly. I'm no longer the intended audience, though, so my opinion is less relevant now. It does make me sad to think I might be out of touch with that frame of mind, considering that I want to write for this age group, potentially for the rest of my life.
Yeah, that's not ten, but it's all I can come up with. Maybe my tastes don't change that much, or perhaps I've not reread enough books. I do have a whole long bookshelf on Goodreads dedicated to books I want to give another read-through, though, so you can stay tuned there!
Thanks for reading! Any books your opinion has changed on over time? I'll see you guys again tomorrow!
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