- How do we define the monstrous?--what or whom do we label as monsters, and why?
- How do monsters reflect a society's values, anxieties, or biases?
While experience counsels against a year-long thematic investigation ("are we still talking about this?"), finding the "monstrous" in human experience seems at least a worthwhile motif to follow.
In the interest of drawing a wider array of student interests into this topic, I have gathered a preliminary list of contemporary and young adult books that explore some aspect of the monstrous:
-Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
-A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness
Protagonists in the following books are more "outsiders" or "freaks" than monsters--or they seem monstrous only in their own eyes:
-Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
-Kissing Doorknobs, by Terry Spencer Hesser
-I Will Save You, by Matt de la Pena
-Mexican White Boy, by Matt de la Pena (along with other novels by this author)
-Purple Heart, by Patricia McCormick
What titles (anything--novels, stories, movies) are missing from this list?