If Ichabod Crane Read YA

Posted October 25, 2013 by Stormy in Books / 12 Comments

As part of Horror October, I thought I’d bring back one of my favorite features: If TV Characters Read YA. It’s been awhile since I did one of these features, and I’ve only done a few(one for Rory Gilmore and one for Lane Kim, both from Gilmore Girls), but I like to think about it a lot–it’s one of my favorite ideas! So for Horror October, I thought I’d showcase one of my favorite new shows: Sleepy Hollow.
First, before the books, let me just say that while I LOVE TV shows, I’m very selective about my shows. I only really watch two on-going shows, and I have standards for new shows. Sleepy Hollow is one of the first shows I’ve thought watching from basically the beginning in YEARS. That to say, if you’re not watching it, I highly recommend it! On to the books. . .
So today’s theme is If Ichabod Crane Read YA. And yes, I feel a bit ridiculous writing this, because Ichabod has a bit of a busy schedule, trying to figure out the modern world while also saving it and all, but he does sort of need an introduction to the culture of the 21st century. Don’t worry, Ichabod, we’ll get you there.
Oh, and in case you haven’t been watching and you need to be introduced to our new Ichabod, here you go:
Ahem. Now on to the books.
Normally, I pick out books I think the characters might like to read. This time, it’s a bit different. After all, Ichabod’s been dead for 250 years. He probably wouldn’t like to read any modern books, having to catch up and all. However, there might be some YA books that would let him sort of catch up to the rest of the world in 2013.
1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Hey Ichabod, remember when you met Abbie Mills, and you were certain she had been emanicpated from slavery? There’s a lot that’s changed since you were last alive. Things that wouldn’t have flown in the late 1700s are pretty common now, and while there’s still a bit of prejudice all around, things are still a-changin’. You should probably read this book and discover the secrets of the universe, much like Aristotle and Dante.
2. The 5th Wave
To take your mind off the demons and the horsemen of the apocalypse, here’s a book about aliens. Because you should be afraid of them. Probably. Definitely. Who knows? But science, and science fiction, has evolved to0. Better get you up to speed, kay?
3. The Hunger Games
More of the same. Plus, you’re dealing with some pretty violent and gruesome stuff right now, Ichabod, so maybe this will make you feel less alone. If nothing else, you can rest assured you have already put your teen years behind you without anyone forcing you to fight other teenagers to the death.
4. A Prayer for Owen Meany
About the whole Revelations/save the world thing? Being chosen type of thing? Well, this book deals with that A LOT. It’s actually not YA, but I think it’d be an important part of a “Welcome to the 21st century, Ichabod Crane” welcome packet.
5. The Book Thief.
Yeah, so Ichabod, for that time you were, um, well, DEAD, a lot has happened, as I’ve alluded to. Including a World War or two. And the last one was tragic indeed and contained genocide and a lot of bad things, so here’s a book to sort-of help you get caught up to speed, and might make you cry and laugh at the same time.


12 responses to “If Ichabod Crane Read YA

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  2. What a fun post!! I love your choices for Ichabod and definitely a few I need to check out for reading myself. However, The Book Thief is an all-time favorite of mine. Still trying to get my daughter (non-reader) to read it.

  3. Hahah I love this so much. Oh Ichabod. He could do with some present-day reading to get him up to speed on life and what could possible happen in the future. And the books you chose are perfect! I would also add to the mix P.S., I Love You, even though it’s not YA. I just feel like he’d connect to it — both he and Holly lost their partners but still talk to them and get guidance from them in another state of being.

  4. I’m not watching Sleepy Hollow (like the look of the guy though 😛 ), but I really like your choices this time. I think these books would be perfect for someone who wasn’t around for the last 200 or so years 😀 As I’ve already said (at least a hundred times), I absolutely loved Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, I think it would be a very… enlightening read for Ichabod. I also loved The 5th Wave and really enjoyed The Hunger Games.

    • stormydawnc

      Hehe, you & me both. Yes, Aristotle and Dante! I love them. I love that book. It’s just so perfect, and I think it would definitely be enlightening for Ichabod, but also, the way the story unfolds is just so nicely paced and beautiful that it’s not exactly jarring.

  5. I love your choices, especially Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, and The Book Thief. Teaching Ichabod about history through beautiful novels is an excellent idea, and imagining his response to a book like The Hunger Games is classic!

    • stormydawnc

      I’m sure it would be quite. . . surprising for him–ALL those books. Probably have a bit of a shock. Though he does seem to handle being in the 21st century rather well.

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