"The magicians of old were so much more powerful." "We've lost so much knowledge." "What happened to the Golden Era?" "Things just aren't what they used to be."
I made these quotes up, but they would fit into numerous novels. I was talking with my family this evening and we talked about how it's a common theme in literature -- that there used to be a Golden Era, or at least a time when things were pretty darn good, but that things aren't quite as good anymore.
So instead of doing homework (as we should have been) my brother and I sit down to come up with a list of books that fall into the "Ain't what it used to be" category, and here they are, in no particular order.
And please, feel free to add your own books in the comments!
Animorphs series by K.A. Applegate
Aliens are taking over the earth. Not that anyone knows about it...except for seven (I think it's seven?) teens. Actually, lots of people do know about it. But they're slaves, unable to do anything. It's only the seven teens who stand between the Yerks and complete domination of the earth. (I used to be obsessed with these books...hence the eloquent explanation.)
The Telling by Ursula K. le Guin
A lot of folklore and culture has been lost. Or rather, erased.
Earthsea series by Ursula K. le Guin
Knowledge has been lost over the years. Not that you know that unless you go back and read the books that are chronologically before Earthsea.
Bartimaeus books by Jonathan Stroud
The magicians of old used to be much more powerful.
Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
Knowledge has been lost, one way or another. One example is the olitheometer, however it's spelled.
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
The humans are coming! The humans are coming! Run for your lives!! ...places where dragons can live have been fewer and farer between, and now the last quiet place that dragons have found to live is being encroached on by humans. Things aren't like they used to be for the dragons.
Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier
Spirituality has been neglected, and things are falling apart. Even though things are pulled back together again, it's not gonna last too much longer.
Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
The fairies used to be more powerful magically, and they used to live above ground.
Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer
My brother has read this, and said it belongs on this list.
Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover by Marion Zimmer Bradley
I don't know anything about this book. Mom just told me that it belongs on the list.
Sabriel by Garth Nix
The Old Kingdom has fallen into anarchy.
Dune series by Frank Herbert
Lots of knowledge is lost over the ages. Unless my memory quite deceives me.
Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper ??????
We think that the light isn't quite as powerful as it used to be, but we'd have to reread it to be sure.
Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan ????????????????
We aren't sure if it really belongs on here. It seems like it does, but we can't say why. Feel free to give your opinion either way! :)
NOTE: I have spread this out over two posts, because Blogger will only let me do 200 characters in the "labels". Agh. So you may view part 1 here, if you so wish.