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    I've been drafting my personal statement for a few weeks now and I keep hitting the same problem: I'm not sure what novels are appropriate to mention within an English Lit personal statement. I've read lots of articles saying young adult literature isn't academic enough, which is a good thing because it's pushing me to finally read a lot of books I've been wanting to for ages, but I'm wondering if mentioning The Hunger Games would be appropriate? It's the first book I remember really connecting with. Society is a large part of what I want to be discussing.


    TL;DR: would The Hunger Games be appropriate to mention, alongside more traditional/academic dystopia novels such as 1984? Also, any other advice for writing an english literature personal statement?
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    Popular fiction isn't really the way to go imo. Have a look at what will be taught and read around those topics.
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    (Original post by memoriial)
    I've been drafting my personal statement for a few weeks now and I keep hitting the same problem: I'm not sure what novels are appropriate to mention within an English Lit personal statement. I've read lots of articles saying young adult literature isn't academic enough, which is a good thing because it's pushing me to finally read a lot of books I've been wanting to for ages, but I'm wondering if mentioning The Hunger Games would be appropriate? It's the first book I remember really connecting with. Society is a large part of what I want to be discussing.


    TL;DR: would The Hunger Games be appropriate to mention, alongside more traditional/academic dystopia novels such as 1984? Also, any other advice for writing an english literature personal statement?
    Hi memoriial,

    You are quite right, it is a difficult job to choose the right material to your PS. But remember that whatever you choose it must link directly to what you are interested in studying, so if The Hunger Games a book that is really relevant and that you are happy to discuss then go for it! A bit of controversy has never hurt, especially if you want to show you are passionate about a subject!

    You can check out this vlog which might help in writing your PS!

    Hope this helps, and don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

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    (Original post by UniAdmissions)
    A bit of controversy has never hurt, especially if you want to show you are passionate about a subject!
    I'd err on the side of caution when it comes to controversy in a PS. We haven't met the student yet and would worry about someone who doesn't seem to know what the course is about or seems to take it lightly.
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    (Original post by memoriial)
    I've been drafting my personal statement for a few weeks now and I keep hitting the same problem: I'm not sure what novels are appropriate to mention within an English Lit personal statement. I've read lots of articles saying young adult literature isn't academic enough, which is a good thing because it's pushing me to finally read a lot of books I've been wanting to for ages, but I'm wondering if mentioning The Hunger Games would be appropriate? It's the first book I remember really connecting with. Society is a large part of what I want to be discussing.


    TL;DR: would The Hunger Games be appropriate to mention, alongside more traditional/academic dystopia novels such as 1984? Also, any other advice for writing an english literature personal statement?
    Have a read of http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=2012563

    "Above all, they want you to show a range of literary interests and intellectual curiosity. " is probably the key.

    Look IN DETAIL at the course content for the courses you're applying to. Every university is different and decides their own course content. Make sure you don't neglect an area of English Lit that is included in all of your choices (and likewise don't devote a substantial amount of your PS to a genre or period of writing that *isn't* included in all of your choices).
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    (Original post by memoriial)
    I've been drafting my personal statement for a few weeks now and I keep hitting the same problem: I'm not sure what novels are appropriate to mention within an English Lit personal statement. I've read lots of articles saying young adult literature isn't academic enough, which is a good thing because it's pushing me to finally read a lot of books I've been wanting to for ages, but I'm wondering if mentioning The Hunger Games would be appropriate? It's the first book I remember really connecting with. Society is a large part of what I want to be discussing.


    TL;DR: would The Hunger Games be appropriate to mention, alongside more traditional/academic dystopia novels such as 1984? Also, any other advice for writing an english literature personal statement?
    I think you can but with a pinch of salt. If you're going to write about dystopian fiction then perhaps make a slight reference to THG. However there are much more modern dystopian classics you can read and if you like them, mention them in your PS.

    When I wrote my PS I mentioned three things; Lost identity in modern literature in Maurice by EM Forster, repressed Victorian sexuality in Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell and transgressive morality in Paradise Lost. So as you can see, I mentioned 3 different canonical periods and wrote about what I find most interesting which is usually the representation of the human condition in literature.

    I think you need to mention a few greater writers. But modern fiction have some great authors like Pat Baker, Sebastian Faulks, Ian McEwan and Margaret Atwood. So maybe you could read upon some of their novels as they are huge successful writers of the 21st century. Also writers like Chimanda Adiche is also a great 21st Century writer.
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    I think you can but with a pinch of salt. If you're going to write about dystopian fiction then perhaps make a slight reference to THG. However there are much more modern dystopian classics you can read and if you like them, mention them in your PS.

    When I wrote my PS I mentioned three things; Lost identity in modern literature in Maurice by EM Forster, repressed Victorian sexuality in Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell and transgressive morality in Paradise Lost. So as you can see, I mentioned 3 different canonical periods and wrote about what I find most interesting which is usually the representation of the human condition in literature.

    I think you need to mention a few greater writers. But modern fiction have some great authors like Pat Baker, Sebastian Faulks, Ian McEwan and Margaret Atwood. So maybe you could read upon some of their novels as they are huge successful writers of the 21st century. Also writers like Chimanda Adiche is also a great 21st Century writer.
    Some really helpful advice, thanks - I think I'll leave it out in that case. Margaret Atwood is definitely on my list of books, do you have any older reccomendaions for dystopian novels/authors?
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    Some really helpful advice, thanks - I think I'll leave it out in that case. Margaret Atwood is definitely on my list of books, do you have any older reccomendaions for dystopian novels/authors?
    Erm, Planet of the Apes, I Am Legend, Blindness, The Road, War of the Worlds, Handmaid's Tale, A Clockwork Orange, 1984, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Brave New World are amongst the dystopian modern classics.
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    Some really helpful advice, thanks - I think I'll leave it out in that case. Margaret Atwood is definitely on my list of books, do you have any older reccomendaions for dystopian novels/authors?
    hi! i went to the treasures of the british library recently, and they had a great little bit about dystopian literature. I suggest reading ‘Utopia’ by Thomas More which is the GREAT FATHER of the utopia and dystopia. 1984 and Brave New World have been talked about over and over and over again so exploring the origins and other old books about Utopia and showing how the genre has been shaped by it is a cool thing to do perhaps ! There are a few other books that had been written inspired by Utopia but i literally can’t remember them! You could always go to the British library and check it out yourself !
 
 
 
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