Trend-O-Matic: Rebellion!

Life is full of rebels. We now think of rebellion as a modern teen staple, but what about those ancient pre teenager times?  Romeo and Juliette defied their families in their attempt to be together and Jane Eyre defied society’s conventions on what a young woman could do with her life. Once the teenager came into being so did the teen rebel. The 1950s and 1960s were a time when the teen rebel was the star of the show.  Jim Stark the hero of the movie “Rebel Without a Cause” constantly defies authority and Holden Caulfield rejects society in “The Catcher in the Rye”. “The Outsiders” presented gangs of teenagers who operated by their own rules. “The Loneliness of the Long distance Runner” gave us Colin Smith who rebelled against those who had power over him.  These are early examples of the new “teenagers”.  They paved the way for the modern teenager.  Rebellion and conflict are central parts of what is now considered teen fiction.  Without these predecessors Katniss Everdeen might never have defied the leaders of the Capitol in The Hunger Games and the current trend for all things supernatural would be very different as the vampire, werewolf etc has come to represent the ultimate outsider or rebel.

Here are some recommended rebels to get started with:

“Romeo and Juliette” by William Shakespeare

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“Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte

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“Rebel Without a Cause”

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“Catcher in the Rye” by J.D.Sallinger

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“Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner” by Alan Sillitoe

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“The Outsiders” by S.E.Hinton

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“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

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