An In-comprehensive List Of Literary Components Common To Popular Children’s Book Series

An In-comprehensive List Of Literary Components Common To Popular Children’s Book Series, At Least Six Of Which Need To Be Present At Once:

1) Talking Animals
2) Mystery to Solve/Secret
3) Dead/Clueless Parents
4) Diary Format Used
5) Graphic Novel Hybridization/Pictures & Speech Balloons Used Intermittently
6) Magic (see Talking Animals)
7) Hero/Anti-Hero as Outsider (see Dead/Clueless Parents)
8) Recurring Villan/Bully
9) Buddy/BFF
10) Mytho-Theological Tie-in (see Magic, Talking Animals, etc)
11) A Quest Fraught With Adventure (see Mystery to Solve/Secret)
12) Long Catchy Title With Repeating Elements

I challenge you (in the comments, if you’d be so kind) to name one popular literary series for children that doesn’t contain at least 6 of these crucial ingredients.

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  1. jted Post author

    Here’s a list of all the series I can think of at the moment, all of which meet the 6 component minimum:

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series
    Harry Potter Series
    The Chronicles of Narnia
    A Series of Unfortunate Events
    Oz Series
    Tintin Series
    The English Roses
    The Hardy Boys
    Nancy Drew
    Inheritance Cycle
    Dork Diaries Series
    39 Clues Series
    Percy Jackson & The Olympians
    The Spiderwick Chronicles
    His Dark Materials Trilogy
    The Secret Series
    How To Train Your Dragon Series
    Anne of Green Gables Series

    The Little House On The Prairie. There. I found one that doesn’t. Damn!

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