CHAPEL HILL, NC–With series like Harry Potter, Twilight, and the Hunger Games flying off the shelves, the “Young Adults'” section of the Bull’s Head Bookshop continues to thrive.
Karen Lillian, a second-year medical student at UNC, says she goes there “to wind down when [she] gets stressed out from school.”
“I really like The Hunger Games,” said Lillian. “I don’t always want to read books that are serious or hard or whatever. Some days I just want to read about Katniss and not have to worry about anything. That’s not wrong.”
Others come to relive the past.
“After a long day, I like to grab a coffee from The Daily Grind and sit down with The Hobbit,” said history Ph.D candidate Max Martisk. “It’s nice to just feel like a kid again and forget about rescripting Stalinist masculinity in Soviet film and society.”
Bull’s Head Bookshop owner Ted Bisby said that he understands the appeal.
“I guess they are fun and easy to read,” he said of the books whose plots, settings, and themes are meant to appeal to adolescent sensibilities. “Sometimes students need a break.”
“My 13 year-old daughter has been begging me to bring her home a copy of The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” he added, “but we’re always sold out.”
Theodore Fortsen, junior physics major, said he bought a copy of Harry Potter and the Golbet of Fire in the Young Adults’ section to read on slow, recuperative Sundays.
“When I’m hungover or tired, I just want to go to that happy place,” he said. “Rereading and imagining myself in Hogwarts with Harry and his friends helps me get there.”