Your Necessary 'Daria' Reading List, From 'Breakfast of Champions' to 'Black Beauty'
If you've never been a part of a book club, there's now a great reason to start one: The Aerogramme Writer's Studio has compiled every book mentioned or read by the titular character of Daria . Besides being inspired by one of the most revered cartoon characters of '90s pop culture, it's also just a damn good reading list: a little esoteric, a little morbid, and chock full of classic literature.
Of course, what else would you expect from the intelligent, wry, and sarcastic Daria? The high schooler wiser than her years (and most of the adults around her as well) liked books more than she liked most people, so it's no wonder she would spend her time plowing through a list of 57 books. That's why she's a character the appealed and continues to appeal to so many bookworms, intelligent women, and unapologetic weirdos.
So go ahead, take some inspiration from one of the smartest cartoon characters from MTV...after all, who better to get book recommendations from than Daria Morgendorffer? Go find your Lane and start a book club. Although you may not get through all 57 books, make sure to at least check out one or two of these books...
Every girl has a horse phase, even Daria. Just don't let anyone see you cry over the mistreatment of the animals in the book...it'll ruin your tough girl image.
It's a no-brainer that Daria would be a fan of Animal Farm. Like Orwell, she has a keen eye for the human hypocrisy around her, and is no doubt an avid appreciator of satire.
The Bell Jar
Sure, the penchant for morbidity is certainly very Daria (although certainly not to Sylvia Plath's extreme). But Daria probably identified even more with protagonist Ester's dissatisfaction with the opportunities and people around her.
The Tell-Tale Heart
The habitual Sick Sad World watcher, a fan of Edgar Allen Poe's sick, sad tale? Makes a lot of sense.
A complex, heavy tome that would certainly be something for Daria to sink her teeth into. Its strong political tones mixed with a heavy air of tragedy would have been just the thing for the sharp-witted teen.
The Gulag Archipelago
A Russian book about Soviet forced labor camps...no doubt that Daria made some parallel to her brief job at It's a Nutty, Nutty, Nutty World.
Breakfast of Champions
Vonnegut's most popular novel, about the insanity brewing within the mundanity of suburban life. Considering Daria already thought her suburban life was pretty insane, this probably resonated pretty well with her.
As I Lay Dying
A black comedy of a novel about death written as a stream of consciousness would certainly speak to Daria's sensibilities.