I'm pretty proud of myself for having seen most of the movies on this list and I can't find any reason to disagree with the author.
While I wasn't physically abused as a child, I immediately identified with this comic strip. Comics were the first thing I read voraciously when I was young and I still read them now at 40. They helped with my intellectual and emotional growth during my formative years and it was for the reasons described here.
Writing, and by association reading, has always been cool. The coolest are those who are well-read and intelligent. This list is allegedly the coolest of the cool. That can also be translated into "Books for hipster douchebags" but even before some of the books on this list became cliched, they were/are still pretty cool.
Talent in writing comes from those blessed with brevity. Getting your point across in the fewest possible words is a gift. That's why I'm so impressed with this page of horror stories, each only two sentences long, but truly terrifying. Enjoy.
Mugshots of our favorite Hogwarts students had Harry and Dumbledore's Army failed to vanquish You-Know-Who.