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Books Around the World: Germany

It's been almost a year since I've stepped foot into a Barnes and Noble or Books-A-Million. So when I walked into the book section of Globus (mass consumerism at its best), I was a little surprised to see what books were on display.

Are you ready for it?


Have you recovered from the shock yet? Because there's more. . . .


All sarcasm aside, the books featured in the YA section were very much similar to what I'd witnessed back in the states before leaving. There was a big emphasis on fantasy and plenty of dark, Gothic looking covers.


I can't say whether this is a true representation of the YA market in Germany, as it was only a book section in a big store, not a bookstore itself. But I have a feeling there wouldn't be very much of a difference on the shelves.
Amanda Hannah

Amanda grew up on a big farm in a small town with one stoplight, one school, and a handful of imaginary friends.She would’ve gone to college forever, but eight years and five majors tested her advisor’s patience. So she moved to Germany to explore creepy castles before landing in Spain where she’s perfecting her Flamenco.

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  1. Well, looks a lot like Finnish bookstores. There at the YA section there are only copies of Harry Potters, The Twilight saga and a couple copies of other books. You hardly never find good YA books from here.

  2. *echoes Milka*
    It can take so much as ten years (!) for a good book to get here.
    When I saw The Hunger Games in my local bookstore, I was like, What? really?
    I wanted to get some cool books that I thought may have been out here, but no, huge disappointment!
    I too found the New Moon stand.

  3. Same all over Eastern Europe. Although I was surprised to see a couple books by Laura Wiess.

    I love German Harry Potter.

  4. Awesome, Amanda. Not too surprised about Harry Potter and Twilight, of course :)
    It's too bad they don't get more of the good ones quickly!

  5. I mourn for contemporary. Did its golden age really end with Babysitter's Club? ;)

  6. ROFL - is BSC really contemporary, Em? :D

    Love geeky German Harry. And this is similar to what I saw in Seoul - I did have Hunger Games, though, and this was back when it was just getting popular. TONS of Roald Dahl too, which made me happy.

  7. LOL, Harry's all WTFface on his covers.

  8. OMG! Its exactly the same in South African major bookstores. Like Twilight everywhere. You have to really search for a YA book other than TWilight or any other vampire book!....frustrating at times! And like at the front of the bookstores theres a huge poster of Edward or whatever:(

    Twilight, twilight, twilight!


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