Since the popularity of Tiktok, a short form video hosting app, industry trends have changed drastically.
Tiktok, in all its glory, has influenced almost every industry in existence. It’s transformed the way some industries work and has become a kind of popularity chamber, where if you’re a hit on the app, you’re a hit everywhere.
The print industry is no different.
Reading has always been seen as an intellectual pastime and seems to be “uncool”, as shown in the movies. You don’t see the cheerleader opening a book for recreation; they’re kind of always at a party because it was the cool thing to do.
Times have changed, apparently. Now, thanks to Tiktok (and other social media platforms), reading has become a trend.
Here are five literary fiction books popularized by the app:
“The Song of Achilles” by Madelline Miller
“The Song of Achilles” is a tale of the Greek hero, Achilles’ rise to power in the midst of the Trojan War. The novel twists the original story and makes Patroclus the lover and soul mate of Achilles. As heartbreaking as the first two books, you’re sure to need a box of tissues next to you as you read the tragic tale of “The Song of Achilles.”
One of his most memorable quotes is, “And it is perhaps the greatest sorrow, after all, to be left on earth when another is gone.”
“The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid
When you scroll through the hashtag #Booktok on the app, it’s quite possible that the first book you’ll come across is Taylor Jenkins Reid’s most popular publication, “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.” It is an account of the life of the fictional Evelyn Hugo, a Hollywood starlet of the 60s and her salacious reputation in the film industry. Captivating, heartbreaking and profound, the novel focuses on the stumbling blocks of fame and fame. It also addresses the struggles of queer people over the past decades. The most notable quote from Evelyn Hugo’s titular character’s novel is: “I am bisexual. Don’t ignore half of me so you can put me in a box.
“The Invisible Life of Addie Larue” by VE Schwab
The central theme of this novel is our human nature of wanting more and more. Addie Larue is honored by an omnipotent being to live forever but at a cost. Addie is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
One of his notable quotes is, “What is a person but the marks they leave behind?”
“A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara
Another #Booktok cult favorite is the poignant story of Jude St. Francis. “A Little Life” packs a punch with its themes of trauma, reunited family and tragedy. It also addresses same-sex relationships. Many of its readers on the app attest that the novel is the saddest and most tragic book they have read.
Here’s one of his most notable quotes: “He’s so lonely he sometimes feels it physically, a pile of dirty laundry pressed against his chest.”
“Normal People” by Sally Rooney
This literary fiction novel follows the slow-burning romance between Connell and Marianne. It’s not as simplistic as a romance novel; as it also turns to serious issues such as dysfunctional family dynamics and financial difficulties.
Reading literary fiction books is a great way to learn about the world. It may be fiction, but the lessons it imparts to its readers apply to real-life experiences. Fiction has the power to transform the way we live and therefore our perception of the world.