Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Rebels in Literature

This week's Top Ten is Rebels in Literature, authors or characters, who stood up for what they believed in despite the cost of doing so. 

1. Author Maureen Johnson. This woman is like Batman for the YA community. I've seen her stand up for several causes and use her influence on Twitter to do such good things. 
2. Author Judy Blume. I believe this woman paved the way for modern YA. 
3. Author Laurie Halse Andersen. Writing about a topic that no one wanted to hear about.
4. Author Kate Chopin. Bringing up women's issues at a time where they were often swept under the table.
5. Howard Roark, the main character of Ayn Rand's The Fountianhead 
"But you see," said Roark quietly, "I have, let’s say, sixty years to live. Most of that time will be spent working. I’ve chosen the work I want to do. If I find no joy in it, then I’m only condemning myself to sixty years of torture. And I can find the joy only if I do my work in the best way possible to me. But the best is a matter of standards—and I set my own standards. I inherit nothing. I stand at the end of no tradition. I may, perhaps, stand at the beginning of one." 
Only five this week. Be sure to check out The Broke an The Bookish's site for more TTT!

1 comment:

  1. I loved reading Judy Blume books when I was little. It brings back good memories to see her name on your list :)