It’s more because 3rd person omniscient is not a POV you should write in anymore. I love Tolkien but his books are hard to get through, and I teach English.
Kids today are different than when I was a teenager. They have different pressures and issues. (you know technology) Yes the classics are still taught in school. We do 3 Shakespeare plays, The Crucible, Great Gatsby, Beowulf, Antigone and more.
I use YA books in my reading classes because I teach struggling readers and I need something engaging so I can teach them how to read a book critically. So I use Tears of a Tiger, Monster and Speak. I also pair them up with news articles that deal with the same themes such as race, justice, depression etc. This year I have time to do 12 Angry Men as well.
Maybe if teachers had more time for teaching and had to spend less time with test prep we wouldn’t have these kinds of issues.
One more thing before I get back to work on my book. Here are the themes in each one of the novels I teach…
Tears of a Tiger: Race, Guilt, Life & Death, Relationships and Actions & Consequences
Monster: Race, Justice, Appearance vs. Reality, Actions & Consequences
12 Angry Men: Justice, Bias/Bigotry, Perseverance
Speak: Communication vs. Silence, Appearance vs. Reality, Isolation loneliness and depression, family and friendship, memory and trauma.
Speak also has the following symbols: Plants, blood, water ice and melting, mirrors, Melinda’s closet at school, birds, warmth and sunlight and lips
My book is a YA book and it’s written from the point of view of a 17 year old, so the language isn’t super complex.