Nostalgia has become a staple of Millennial culture. From Spotify playlists full of NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys to live remakes of our favorite Disney movies and TV remakes of oldies (who else was sad about the flops Lizzie McGuire revival?), we cannot help reaching back to the early acts. Fewer may have realized that our old favorites can be rediscovered not only on the screen and the airwaves, but on the page as well. Several of Millennials’ favorite YA book series are still going or enjoying reboots; Here are five familiar titles to watch.
For anyone who loved Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Saga in their middle school backpacks, it will come as no surprise and good news that she is hard at work behind the scenes. Meyer directed the original Twilight Saga in 2008 with Breaking Dawn, but she didn’t seem to be walking away from Bella and Edward’s story: Meyer went on to supplement the series with graphic novels, an illustrated guide, a gender-bending version of Afternoonand even a novel from the perspective of a newborn vampire appearing in it Eclipse.
Then, in August 2020, Meyer published The night sunrepeat the first one Afternoon a book from Edward’s point of view. She was working on the project as far back as 2008, but put it on hold for more than a decade after chapters of the manuscript leaked online. Meyer said that there were difficulties in turning the script on the same narration and dialogue, noting that the best part of writing The night sun It was “the fourth act where Edward and Bella are separated, so I’m free to do whatever I want.”
And it seems that there is more that could come from the Twilight verse. At the Books-A-Million event in 2020, Meyer said “There are two more books I’m thinking about the world that I want to write. I’ve explained them and written a chapter I think about the first one, so I know it’s there.” But it’s not coming right away: Meyer said she wants to “do something new… I really want to do a new world and new rules and a new mythology.”
Pullman’s His Dark Materials series breathe new life into John Milton’s epic 17th-century poem Paradise Lost, substituting a young girl for an envious, god-like patriarchy, for Milton’s tale of the fall of Adam and Eve at the hands of almighty God. Pullman has christened his Book of Dust series not a prequel or a sequel, but an “equivalent” to the original His Dark Materials trilogy. The first two books in this new trilogy, La Belle Sauvage (2017) and The Secret Commonwealth (2019), preserves the timeline of the original series, going from Lyra’s childhood to the time after she returns to Jordan College.
Although Pullman’s brush with COVID-19 prevented him from completing the third installment of The Book of Dust, he released The Image Room in April 2022. Fans who still can’t get enough will be treated to the final season of HBO’s exciting adaptation of His dark stuff, with Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, and Lin-Manuel Miranda to look forward to; it will debut in December 2022.
From its first installment, Inkheart (2003), Cornelia Funke’s three-book Inkworld series (first published in German) captured the magic of reading for children around the world. The novels follow the adventures of Meggie and Mo – a father and daughter who can make books come alive by reading them aloud – and their friends: Elinor the bookworm, Dustfinger the fire eater, and Fenoglio, the author of a side novel inside. – the so-called novel Inkheart. Meggie and Mo’s worlds collide again and again with Fenoglio’s words of betrayal, as they read themselves and others in and out of dark fantasy. Inkheart.
The first novel was made into a standalone film in 2008 by Brendan Fraser, who Funke says was the original inspiration for the character of Mo. Fraser went on to narrate the audiobooks of the second Inkworld novel, Inkspell (2005), as well as one of Funke’s other popular children’s novels, Dragon Rider (2000).
Now, there are whispers of the fourth novel. It even has a Goodreads page, which gives it its title The Color of Vengeance. But details about the release of the next book in the Inkworld series are still very vague. An eager reader’s question on the Funke website guest book provided that information Inkworld #4 to be published in the original German in October 2023, with translations into other languages at undetermined dates thereafter.
Many Millennials connect The princess’s diary with the famous films directed by Garry Marshall, starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews. (Didn’t we all grow up secretly wishing that Julie Andrews would step into our awkward high school years and give us princess lessons before we go to Genovia?) The a second film premiered in 2004; recent team interviews and Marshall’s death in 2016 seem to have dashed hopes of a third. But the books have had a longer life.
Cabot published more than a dozen A princess’s diary books between 2000 and 2015 before she revived the series in 2020, when she posted entries from Princess Mia’s COVID diary for free on her blog. She has since taken down those posts and replaced them with a notification Diary of a quarantine princessthe latest installment in the series, released in March 2023. Get ready for your tiaras!
It’s hard to believe that Nancy Drew has been a staple of children’s fiction – especially for young girls – for nearly a century, but it’s true.
Children’s author (and activist) Mildred Benson (1905-2002) was one of the first team of ghostwriters working for publisher Stratemeyer Syndicate to create Nancy Drew. Benson, in particular, was very involved in shaping the character’s personality. However, the identities of Benson and her co-writers were introduced under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene.
The Nancy Drew series has gone through many twists and turns since it entertained girl readers during the Great Depression and World War II. Recently, it was restarted in 2013 as the Nancy Drew’s Diary– still under the pen name Carolyn Keene. This latest series tells stories of Nancy’s adventures through her journal entries to find a new generation of readers. The identity of “Carolyn Keene,” on the other hand, is again shrouded in mystery.