Millennials

Congratulations those my age (thirty, almost thirty-one) and younger! We love to read. Research has shown that our generation, referred to as “Millennials,” are out-reading previous generations by a whole lot.

Our love of books is all over the place. We plaster it all over our social media, for example. My friends and I recently participated in the Facebook status update of “Which ten books have stayed with you in some way.”

Dan's list was pretty good. He's a huge American Literature fan, which is probably why he's an English professor.
Dan’s list was pretty good. He’s a huge American Literature fan, which is probably why he’s an English professor.
Nicole's list, of course, is filled with awesome and comics.
Nicole’s list, of course, is filled with awesome and comics.
You know me. I couldn't just stop at 10.
You know me. I couldn’t just stop at 10.

Facebook actually crunched the numbers on the data provided by users posting this list and the results are pretty interesting. For example, I wouldn’t have guessed that To Kill a Mockingbird is the second most influential book, even though it is one I also highly enjoy.

Not only is our generation more likely to read books, but just look at our television shows and movies. We’re not just reading more; more of our pop culture is based on books as well.

Over the past year, the top grossing movie at the box office was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, followed by other movies based on books and comic books such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: Winter Solider, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and X-Men: Days of Future Past, which all appeared in the top ten.

Movies based on teen literature have been especially prominent at the box office this summer after the success of such franchises as Harry Potter and Twilight, with movies such as The Fault in our Stars, Divergent, and The Giver.

But we Millennials don’t just love our books at the box office—we also want them on our television. Some of the most talked about and critically acclaimed shows are based on books—just think of Game of Thrones based off the book series of the same name, True Blood based off The Southern Vampire Mysteries teen literature series, and, everyone’s favorite (in fact, we’ve talked about it in our blog before) Orange is the New Black, based off the book Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison.

Don’t ever change, Millennials. I love these movies, shows, and, most importantly, the books all of them are based on. So keep on’ reading, and we’ll keep on writing about reading.

Amanda Riggle

Amanda Riggle

Amanda is the Managing Editor at The Poetics Project and of The Socialist, the national magazine of The Socialist Party USA, as well as the Lead Editor of Pomona Valley Review's upcoming 11th issue. She graduated with a BA in English Education and a minor in Political Science. She is currently enrolled in an English MA program with an emphasis in Literature. During her free time, Amanda enjoys writing poetry, reading, traveling, crocheting, watching entire seasons of campy shows on Netflix, and, of course, writing blogs.
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