The news broke out like a forest wildfire; it took seconds to reach the farthest corners of the country. There is a good reason behind it. The popular contemporary literature books and comics like J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Asterix and Tintin are set to be part of the English syllabus for the students under ICSE.
Brief introduction of each induced series
Author: J.K. Rowling
The plot revolves around a young and badly treated orphan Harry Potter, who discovers he is actually a wizard. He goes to the wizardry school Hogwarts where he goes through intense training to get better. Unfortunately, the world of magic is not as enchanting as one would imagine.
The 7 part series was adapted into successful 8 part movie franchise.
Both the novel and the movie series achieved critical and commercial success.
It delivers the message of friendship
It is one of the most popular Franco-Belgian comics. Like the earlier entry, this one takes heavy influences from magic. The adventures take the chief protagonists even t the foreign lands.
It has been adapted into other forms of media including several books into 13 films: nine animated, and four live action.
The satirical tone of the comics delivers a distinctive humor. The primary characters involve in resisting Roman occupation.
zxcv is not only one of the most iconic comic characters, but the comic book series is one of the most successful comic book series in the world. Unlike the other induced books, this one is largely based on the realistic 20th century.
It successfully stood the current of time. Few years ago, it was adapted into an animated movie.
It blends fantasy, mysteries, political thrillers, and science fiction.
Western literature v/s Indian literature
Was it a good choice? Certainly it is.
Was it the best choice? Not at all!
These books might have achieved worldwide success cause of their commercial themes and constant use of light humour, but there are better options.
Indian literature has dozens of books that might have failed to achieve the same popularity but they deliver the same themes with more efficiency.
These European novels also draw the students away from Indian literature. Indian literature has a different way of depicting the social and political problems that are not as forward as western literature. Thus, it has resulted into creating a gap of interest between the Indian literature and the current generation.
We can’t expect these European novels to teach the best of our country to our students. Can we?
This was certainly a huge leap in the positive direction but it could have been better. If we continue to rely on the western methods to educate our students, we may never teach the values incepted by our own culture.
The induction of teen friendly novels will certainly give some relief to the students from their regular syllabus.