“Why does literature so often depict the onset of sexuality – or indeed any aspect of girls’ growing up – as a strange, feverish thing? Two recent novels, by women, are redressing the balance with heartfelt depictions of teenagers that ring true..”
Go Teen Writers: 4 Tips For Writing A Satisfying Ending To Your Story
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“Before JK Rowling, critics and experts predicted that young adult (YA) literature would finally die, as sales continued to decline. In 1997, a mere 3,000 YA books were published. A decade later that number was 30,000.
The success of Harry Potter changed everything. YA is now embraced by teenagers and adults alike – a 2012 Bowker Market Research study in the US found that 55 per cent of people buying YA books are over 18.
We’re currently living in the second golden age of YA literature. But why is there a sudden demand for these coming-of-age books?…”
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By Mallory Dobry ’17 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer
“Looking over the covers in any Young Adult section of a bookstore, it’s easy to spot a common theme. It’s an array of metallic hardcovers, with bold face type and mostly one-word titles. It’s the trend of futuristic and dystopian fiction that has risen to great popularity within the genre. Titles like The Hunger Games and the Divergent paved the way for the recent fad, earning big screen adaptations, and showing that there is clear popularity and success in the futuristic and fantasty sub-genres. Other popular book series’ set in a dystopian or fantasy settings include The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu, and The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.
While these stories take readers on incredible rides and journeys, full of adventure and action, sometimes characters are so far removed from the reality of the reader that it may be harder to relate to them. Of course, core values still shine through, like Katniss’ dedication to her sister or Clary of The Mortal Instruments’ determination to protect the ones she loves, but it becomes significantly harder to relate to a character when their world is so vastly different from our own…”