Books are one of the oldest forms of personal entertainment in history. They are a worldwide phenomenon, and were once one of the only forms of global communication available. For example, in 1953’s Fahrenheit 451 (a book, as ironic as it seems), a dystopian view was given where all books were burned by authorities to ensure complete control of education and communication. While this concept didn’t predict the would-be-unstoppable force known as the internet, it emphasizes the importance of public media. Popular books around the world vary, but will be looked at in conveniently minimal detail.
In Toronto, a popular book for teens is Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. (I stole this from the class discussion and didn’t research it. Sue me.) A popular book in New York is Wicked Prey by John Sandford. A popular book in Vancouver is Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris. A popular book in Sydney is The Winter Vault by Anne Michaels. A popular book in London is The Host by Stephanie Meyer. A popular book in a certain city in South America (not requested to be specified) is In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick. A popular book in a certain city in Europe (not requested to be specified) is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. A popular book in a certain city in Asia (not requested to be specified) is Memoires of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. Teenager taste is quite different from place to place.
If you took the time to the previous paragraph, you should now have a somewhat acceptable understanding of books around the world. To end this perplexing investigation of international popularity regarding common literacy, I will give a very important statement in Pig Latin. Omehay orkway isay upidstay anday ointlesspay!