Teens Can Write, Too! Blog Chain

Once again, I am participating in the Teens Can Write, Too! Blog Chain. In fact, this is the last Teens Can Write, Too! Blog Chain of the year. I’m actually prescheduling these posts because I’ll be taking a break from blogging and celebrating Christmas with my family, so don’t expect quick replies to your comments. Do expect pictures of kittens when I write another post.

This month’s prompt is “What works of fiction have taught you by example, and what did they teach you?”

The Chronicles of Narnia books by C. S. Lewis have taught me that allegorical symbols can be deftly woven into a book without detracting from the reader’s experience. In fact, the symbols woven into this series only add to the series because they are just another natural part of the intricate world built by Lewis. The reader is completely immersed in the storyworld, so the message comes across in the most entertaining way.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien taught me that readers love a hero that wasn’t a hero before. Bilbo was a timid hobbit before Gandalf called him on the journey, and even when Gandalf called him on the journey, he didn’t accept at first. However, when he finally did, he showed immense bravery as the dwarves’ thief and was the ultimate hero of the story. Because of his underdog performance, the readers can really connect to Bilbo, and it makes him a memorable hero.

The Lunar Chronicles  books by Marissa Meyer taught me that as a writer, I shouldn’t be afraid to write something really different. Before learning about The Lunar Chronicles I had never heard about fairytale retellings that took place in a science fiction world. I don’t even think I had ever read a fairytale retelling before. I was hesitant. This was different. This was new. But it worked, because The Lunar Chronicles  is now one of my favorite series.



Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl taught me that fantasy might actually be more enjoyable than I thought. The characters in this book were so fleshed out and they completely leaped off the page at me. I felt like I knew them and everything they did made sense because I could understand their personalities. The allegorical element incorporation was also amazing. So another thing that I’ve learned is I don’t always read fantasy, but when I do it’s allegorical.

Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein taught me that voice and detail are everything in a novel. The voices of the characters in this novel were so real. They completely immersed me in the story and elevated the tension. Actually, everything about this novel was real. The amount of historical details that were included in the books brought them to life for me. They were both just amazing reads.


The Little House on the Prairie books taught me that the best thing that an MG book can have is a plot that causes the reader’s imagination to go wild. As a young kid I read the books in this series over and over again and imagined that I was Laura and I was living on the prairie. If I do become a published author, I would love to write MG books, and especially MG books that stretch the reader’s imagination.

To Kill a Mockingbird taught me that strong morals and themes in a novel can clearly come across to the reader, yet not be too pushy and in the face of the reader. The characters in this novel displayed real emotion and were so likable that they naturally taught the reader the morals and themes of the story.

I could probably keep on going, but I think I’ll stop here. What books have taught you by example?

Be sure to check out the posts written by the other bloggers participating in this months chain!





















25th – [off-day]





30thhttp://maralaurey.wordpress.com/ and http://theedfiles.blogspot.com/

31st – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain.)



18 thoughts on “Teens Can Write, Too! Blog Chain

  1. I am overjoyed because I can actually say things because I KNOW THESE BOOKS. Not all, but I have to agree with you on Chronicles of Narnia; it’s a story definitely worth the study. I had also planned on hating Cinder when I read it, but I ended up loving the new twist she put on the fairy tales and the way she designed her story world. And, of course, To Kill a Mockingbird did a pretty fantastic job opening up a way to see the world through a child’s eyes… I definitely need to reread that book again. These are all great thoughts on the books—it’s cool to see what you’ve learned. 🙂


    1. Yay! I’m always really happy when I actually know the books on another blogger’s post because that doesn’t happen very often to me. I was sucked into the world that Marissa Meyer created, too. And it also brought me into the wonderful world of fairytale retellings, which I am now quite obsessed with. I also liked how a serious story was told through a child’s eyes in TKAM. That was a huge part of what made it so amazing.


  2. Hehe, love the list! I definitely wasn’t very sure when I heard of a Cinderella retelling with Cinder as a cyborg mechanic, but it turned out to be amazing.
    I really need to reread A Little House on the Prairie series. I LOVED it as a child, so it’ll bring back fond memories. I haven’t heard of the allegories woven into Narnia – I’ll have to Google it, because my curiosity is officially piqued.


    1. Yep, I waited so long to read Cinder because I was doubtful about it, but I’m so glad I picked it up. At the same time I’m also glad that I waited so long because then I didn’t have to wait so long for Scarlet and Cress. The Little House on the Prairie books were my favorite books of ever when I was little and I must have reread them a bajillion times. I haven’t reread them in a long time, though, so I really want to read them again soon. The Chronicles of Narnia is just one big allegory. I didn’t know it when I first read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, but it was interesting when I learned that it was an allegory.

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  3. I love your list because I’ve actually read a few of the books! Anyway, I totally agree with you on Code Name Verity. I actually gave up on that book a few times, but I kept going back to it, probably mostly because of Verity’s awesome voice!


  4. These books all look totally awesome! I love Cinder too. I haven’t read the others yet, but I’ve heard great things about Code Name Verity and I am hoping to read more classics next year. Some books that taught me a lot were the Percy Jackson series and several others. Lovely post!


  5. I love all of these so so much and I completely agree!! (And I also love that I read most of these as a kid. XD YAYA!) except Heartless. I want to read that though, particularly after what it taught you!


  6. I love what you say about Code Name Verity! It’s so true. How badly I want to read that book (everyone seems to love it). I just feel like I need to be in the right mood to really appreciate it, and I haven’t got there yet. But I’m a sucker for a heavily detailed story, as long as the details feel relevant, so I’m pretty pumped about it. 🙂


    1. I understand what you mean about needing to be in the right mood to appreciate certain books, and I hope that when you are in the right mood to read Code Name Verity you enjoy it. I love detailed stories, too, because it makes the story so much more real and relate-able. And most of the details in this book are pretty relevant to the story, although I think the sequel, Rose Under Fire, did a better job with that. Hey, at least the sequel improves on the first book instead of decreasing in brilliance.


  7. Great post! Love what you said about Mockingbird and The Hobbit. Great books.

    I need to Read Code Name Verity and The Lunar Chronicles. I keep hearing great things about them.


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