Dreading the beginning of the school year is only natural. You have your classes, homework, schedules, friends and of course, trends to worry about. Fortunately you can now scratch one of those worrisome items off of your list because we're giving you a head start on all the trends for fall 2009. From books to clothes to movies, you'll rule the halls with your up-to-date trend-setting knowledge and appearance.
Book Trends for Fall '09
Catching Fire: The second installment in Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series for ages 12 and up, Catching Fire, has already sparked tons of buzz in the literary world and will certainly be a conversation starter among fans.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days: This awesomely funny series by Jeff Kinney continues on October 12, 2009 with the fourth book, Dog Days. Just when you thought summer vacation was over, you'll get to see how Greg Heffley spent his summer. Whether you’re an outdoor or indoor person, you’ll love reading this book.
The Magician's Elephant: The new book by Newbery Medalist author Kate DiCamillo has been gaining notoriety from kids, parents and reviewers. It's even already in talks to becoming a feature film! I suppose it's time to jump on the bandwagon and read this book.
Fall Fashion Trends for Girls AND Boys
Distressed denim jackets and jeans: Be hip and cool with this rock n' roll style look. Plus, if don’t want to go out and spend money on this look, it's easy enough to do at home on your old jeans. Just have your mom or dad create this look by using a utility knife.
Plaid is the new preppy: The recent popularity of the Disney Channel show, Jonas, has inspired the new plaid and preppy attire. You can add your own flare by adding funky accessories.
The "It" colors: With fall just around the corner, it's time to put away the pastels and neon colors and pull out anything that has black, deep reds and purples. Metallics, such as gold, silver and bronze, are also in style for those who really like to stand out.
Movie Trends for Fall '09
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Rated PG): Any movie based on the best-selling book by Judi and Ron Barrett that has action, comedy and tons of food is must see this fall.
Fame (Rated PG): You'll definitely want to check out this remake of Fame coming out on September 25, 2009. Not only does it have all new actors and music, but it also puts modern day twist on great classic film.
Where the Wild Things Are (Rated PG): This childhood classic by Maurice Sendak is finally hitting the silver screen on October 16, 2009! With a star-studded cast and amazing special effects, this is a movie even your parents will enjoy.
Other Trends for Fall '09
Being green: Though this is an ever popular trend, being green is now more important than ever. With such efforts as Disney's "Friends For Change", and Nickelodeon's "The Big Green Help", getting involved in your community by recycling, picking up litter and reducing electricity/energy is a definite must!
Staying fit and healthy: While eating a balanced diet and being active has always been important, it's more important nowadays with our busy schedules and new advanced technology keeping us indoors. So let's make sure we keep our bodies healthy by eating enough fruits and vegetables and making sure we get at least thirty minutes of exercise everyday.
Washing your hands: Now more than ever, it's extremely important that you wash your hands! With the recent outbreak of what is known as the Swine Flu, one of the most important and preventative actions you can take, according to the American Medical Association, is to wash your hands with soap and warm water as much as possible.
That concludes my top fall trend picks of 2009. If you'd like to weigh in on my choices, feel free! Besides, the Stacks users aka YOU, are always one step ahead of the curve.
—Carly M., STACKS Staffer