Most Classics Are Better With Robots
Last night I had a lot of fun speaking at The Bookstall in Winnetka about the trends of 2015, 2016, and all the 2016 books I was excited about. Afterwards a bunch of us sat down for dinner and drinks and the conversation turned, as is natural, to robots. I had mentioned in my talk earlier that as a 9-year-old I had avoided any and all books that were potentially “meaningful” and that I sometimes have to fight that same instinct today. A little later we started talking about robots. To be more specific, we were talking about what happens when you replace a word in a book’s title with the word “robot”. That’s when it suddenly occurred to me that the books I had avoided in the past would have been far more palatable to my young self, had they contained a significant uptick in robots.
- Julie of the Robots
- Island of the Blue Robots
- Robots to Terabithia
- Robot Tremain
- Are You There, Robot? It’s Me Margaret
Then I started thinking about adult titles. Again, robots have a tendency to make everything better.
– Robots and Prejudice
– Remembrance of Robots Past
– Robot in the Rye
The moral of the story is that I need more robots in my reading fare. Also, that silly season has officially begun and I need to start doing some more serious posts here.
For the record, I wouldn’t mind hearing some additional serious-books-improved-with-robot suggestions on either the juv or adult side of things. YA is also acceptable (after all, you cannot tell me Twilight isn’t cooler if the vampires are robots).
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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