Happy April Fool’s Day! I’m not pulling any pranks here. I wanted to try my hand at the monthly meme 6 Degrees of Separation, hosted by Kate @ Booksaremyfavoriteandbest. On the first Saturday of every month, readers and bloggers connect the selected book for the month to six other books, forming a chain. The books don’t all have to be related; each book only has to be related to the books next to it in the chain. You can also follow this meme on Twitter with the hashtag #6Degrees.
We start with Room by Emma Donoghue. Though I have not read this book yet, I know it’s about a boy, named Jack, and his mother who are imprisoned in a tiny room. They devise a plan to escape and survive. It’s about the “limitless bond between parent and child.”
Cormac McCarthy’s The Road is also about this bond in a post-apocalyptic United States. Father and son travel around the States with a cart of their things and try to avoid death. McCarthy has a tendency to write dialogue without quotation marks, which was surprising to me when I read The Road in high school.
Margaret Atwood writes her dialogue in Offred’s memories in The Handmaid’s Tale without quotation marks, similar to McCarthy. In this post-apocalyptic United States, Handmaids are women who are used only birth machines. The Handmaids’ lives are valuable only so long as their ovaries are viable. Until they give birth, they are at risk of being sent to the Colonies.
In The Giver, by Lois Lowry, one job assigned to some females is to birth three children (if I remember correctly) without raising them and then work in hard, manual labor for the rest of their lives. They are like the Handmaids in Atwood’s novel.
The Giver was adapted into a movie in 2014, which thankfully started in black-and-white and became colorful as the story progressed. I would have hated the movie if the producers had left out the revelation of color. This brings us to L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which was filmed in black-and-white when Dorothy and Toto are in Kansas and in color when they’re in Oz. Though this is a delightful musical, it is an inaccurate adaptation of the book.
Lin-Manuel Miranda adapted the biography of Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow, into the musical titled Hamilton. Like Baum’s book, Chernow’s book was adapted into a musical. As you can garner from the title of both works, the book is about the life of Alexander Hamilton.
Alex & Eliza: A Love Story, by Melissa de la Cruz, is a historical fiction YA novel that focuses on the romance between Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler. I’m not sure that this book is historically accurate, but it stars Hamilton.
From the bond between parent and child to post apocalyptic worlds and musicals, Emma Donoghue’s Room is separated six degrees from Melissa de la Cruz’s Alex & Emma: A Love Story. What does your chain look like, starting with Room?