Saturday, December 6, 2008


The mission of this blog is to get us started to Read what the students want, Review the self-selected readings, and share with the School community. The end result will be the Recommended WORKS for 1-2 months as voted by the students themselves. Students may create a display pairing up fiction with a non-fiction counterpart. The result might be students' answers to "WHAT IF" questions.
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How It Started? Our students love to read. They ask me to recommend the “next” book in a series, a book with a type of character like they just read in another text, etc. To help me in this process, I started to create a matrix with characters along corresponding works. The matrix will be populated with students’ choices. The works could be classical ones, legends and fairy tales, popular texts, movies and songs, all based on the same progenitor work, like Romeo and Juliette by Shakespeare. This work, for example, was used by Tchaikovsky in his ballet, and many others to create original overtures, stories, and films of their own.

The Process. Students read self-selected texts, review, vote, and recommend their BEST BOOKS for the months of… The recommendation is based on students’ voting. These selected books are discussed in small groups in the Library. Many English Department teachers welcome this project and have already agreed to serve as in-resident coaches.

Please use the table below to add your favorite characters and corresponding texts. We may not have time to come to all the texts immediately, but will surely try our BEST! :-)

Types of characters

Works: examples

Young lovers

Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare).

Tchaikovsky’s ballet. Twilight.

Prince, the charming

Wilde, The Portrait of Dorian Gray. Snow White.

Sleeping Beauty.

The orphan


The fool

Also see medieval jesters, the Shakespearian “fool” in King Lear, As You Like It, The Tempest.

Wicked stepmother

Snow White. Cinderella.

Charles and Mary Lamb.

Strong women

Anne Frank; Ayaan Hirsi Ali; Charlotte Doyle.

Young beautiful maiden



Kafka, The Castle.

Saramago, The Cave.

Person doesn’t fit in

The Ugly Duckling.


The Clique.

Student – teacher relationship

J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace.


Twain’s Tom Sawyer

Strong teens in wars

Esther and Nejma in The Wandering Star (J.M.G. Le Clezio)

Exploited children

Dickens. Gender and class in American fiction.

Vampires, witches

Meyer’s New Moon, Eclipse, Twilight.

Bella and the gorgeous vampire (Edward Cullen).

Beauty and the Beast. Mother Gothel.


The real thief; The Gorilla did it; It's not my fault; chicken Sunday, etc.

Your character(tba)
Title(s) of works that include character(s)

Science fiction; Harry Potter; graphic novels, comic books.

The "atomic" era (space travel, invasion, mutants, mad scientists, computers and cyberpunks, virtual reality, viruses, pollution and ecology themes);
also see for a bibl of about 3,000 novels and essays involving "what ifs" of history.

contact: Dr. Ercegovac