Last night, a woman who, last year, bought a ton of books I recommended for her children, came back with her sister, hoping I could recommend a new swath of books.
They picked up Brave, the Olympians books, some Marvel Star Wars, and Wrinkle In Time. I suggested, if they could find it, to pick up Princeless Volume one, and went back to some computer work.
Nice Customer: "Anything else we're missing?"
NC: "They're a little old for Archie."
Me: "A few years ago, I would have agreed with you, but the new stuff isn't all malt shops and sock hops. And instead of the trope of a doofus guy who women are fighting over, Archie and Betty have been dating since they were really in their single digits, and they break up at the beginning of the book, just as Veronica moves in."
NC: "So it has a backstory. That's interesting, I guess."
Me: "It's also cool because, unlike the old series, the new one has consequences."
NC, somewhat sarcastically: "What kind of consequences? Their parents take their phones away?"
Me, somewhat too intensely: "No. Betty is in a WHEELCHAIR now."
NC: "That sounds a bit much. What's this BIg Nate book about?"
Me: "Wedgies and basketball."
NC: "That sounds better."