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Young Adult Literature Online

  1. 1. YA on the Web The Presences and Interactions of Authors and Readers Online Christie Louie and Katharine Mead
  2. 2. Who? <ul><li>Authors – producing content, answering questions, sharing their lives </li></ul><ul><li>Readers – connecting with some authors and many other readers, creating responses and original content </li></ul>
  3. 3. Where? <ul><li>Facebook – author profiles, friending </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs – longer posts and discussion in comments </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter – short tweets can become sustained conversations </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube – video blogs (vlogs) with space for video and text responses </li></ul><ul><li>Forums – long-standing conversation threads with many members </li></ul><ul><li>All build community through interaction </li></ul>
  4. 4. What are authors talking about? <ul><li>Their lives </li></ul><ul><li>Their work, the work of others </li></ul><ul><li>The publishing industry and process </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy politics – libraries, funding, censorship </li></ul><ul><li>The world at large – sharing opinions and asking for responses </li></ul>
  5. 5. Facebook <ul><li>Status Updates, Videos, Notes, “Friending” other authors and readers </li></ul><ul><li>David Levithan, editor and author </li></ul>
  6. 6. Blogs <ul><li>More focus on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>literacy issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>book bannings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>book recommendations and reviews </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Blogs – Laurie Halse Anderson
  8. 8. “ WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY THINKING? WHY AREN'T YOU SHOWING UP AT SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS WITH PITCHFORKS AND TORCHES??? We have not asked parent volunteers to teach math class. But we have asked them to run the school libraries when we cut back, then eliminate school librarian jobs. Parents are qualified to be parents, not librarians. If you care about the future of America's children, you'll fight for certified, full-time librarians in every school. Do you disagree? <ul><li>Laurie Halse Anderson on school librarians </li></ul>
  9. 9. Blogs – Meg Cabot
  10. 10. <ul><li>Meg Cabot on her banned book </li></ul>OK, banning is actually a serious issue, even if I may not seem to be taking it that way–it really is a violation of ALL of our First Amendment rights. No one person has the right to tell the rest of us what we can and cannot read. And if you want to help support authors (and the kids in that school district who are now going to have to find a ride to their public library to read Princess on the Brink ), please go here , to As If, Authors Support Intellectual Freedom , which has the coolest membership roster ever (check it out…I joined even though I wasn’t banned back then because I just wanted to be cool, too). They really rock, and work hard to support authors who unlike me, would prefer not to be banned.
  11. 11. Blogs – Gene Luen Yang reader question author response original post
  12. 12. Twitter - Overview <ul><li>Account </li></ul><ul><li>Verified accounts </li></ul><ul><li>Followers = readers </li></ul><ul><li>Tweets = content </li></ul><ul><li>@ replies = targeted responses </li></ul><ul><li>Hashtags (#) = themes, groupings </li></ul>
  13. 13. Twitter - Who? <ul><li>over 190 YA authors </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>readers </li></ul><ul><li>Publishers </li></ul><ul><li>Author Maureen Johnson voted “The Most Interesting Twitter User to Follow” in Mashable's 2009 Open Web Awards </li></ul>
  14. 14. Twitter - Who?
  15. 15. Conversation on Twitter <ul><li>Author/Reader </li></ul><ul><li>Author/Author </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4 Questions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>#yalitchat </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>genderinYA </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. YouTube - Overview <ul><li>Channels </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribers </li></ul><ul><li>Video Responses </li></ul><ul><li>Text Comments </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborations </li></ul>
  17. 17. Vlogbrothers <ul><li>Author John Green and brother Hank at </li></ul><ul><li>73 million views of all videos since 2007, 237,000 subscribers </li></ul><ul><li>This large community = Nerdfighters </li></ul>
  18. 18. How to be a Nerdfighter: A Vlogbrothers FAQ
  19. 19. John Green on his own books
  20. 20. Book Discussions – Catcher in the Rye
  21. 21. “ The power of YouTube” <ul><li>Nerdfighters’ Project for Awesome </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Using organized viewing and commenting to raise awareness of social issues (not just videos of skateboarding cats anymore) </li></ul>
  22. 22. Maureen Johnson on YouTube <ul><li>Took over for John Green when Green was on paternity leave, was finishing a draft </li></ul>
  23. 23. Maureen Johnson on being a writer
  24. 24. Other Authors on YouTube <ul><li>Laurie Halse Anderson </li></ul><ul><ul><li>started vlogging on 4/5/10 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11 videos so far </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Live Shows <ul><li>Real-time video streams, either scheduled or announced via Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Viewers can type into a live chatroom </li></ul><ul><li>Authors “go live” to answer questions, read books or poetry, and see what viewers have to say in real-time. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Readers on YouTube <ul><li>Reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Discussions and book recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Tributes, original content </li></ul><ul><li>Creative – songs, plays </li></ul><ul><li>Collab channels </li></ul><ul><li>Always commenting, questioning, viewing </li></ul>
  27. 27. 5AwesomeYAfans on I Am the Messenger
  28. 28. Reader Tributes <ul><li>Creative content </li></ul><ul><li>Interacting with text </li></ul><ul><li>Getting ideas and feedback from other users </li></ul>
  29. 29. Fan-written song about Looking for Alaska
  30. 30. Collage Poem, sharing schoolwork
  31. 31. <ul><li>&quot;If It Hadn't Tasted Like Vinegar with a Dash of Maple Syrup, It Might Have Tasted Like Strawberries.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>by Hayley Hoover </li></ul><ul><li>Fifty-two days before After everyone left, she cast a shadow stinging syrup the cadence of her voice the sound of that smile I felt warm but not drunk slow, lazy circles one layer between us. &quot;Suffering is universal.&quot; And I felt the absence of her hand on me. &quot;Shh. Shh. Don't ruin it.&quot; </li></ul>
  32. 32. <ul><li>Completely user-run forum, blog, and website </li></ul><ul><li>User profiles, images, text, archives, project planning – beyond YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>Provide encouragement for big projects:100 Books Challenge, NaNoWriMo </li></ul>
  33. 33. In the Classroom <ul><li>New ways to interact with authors </li></ul><ul><li>Creative projects </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers, librarians, professors also active members of these communities </li></ul><ul><li>Find a community for strong readers that may not be present among peers </li></ul><ul><li>Concerns – appropriateness, lack of structure </li></ul>
  34. 34. Our Survey to Nerdfighters <ul><li>“ Has becoming a nerdfighter impacted your reading habits and/or experiences in any way? If so, how?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Yes. I read a lot of different books now in comparison to before” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Vlogbrothers basically introduced me to the young adult world today.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I think of books more in a sense of someone telling a story, rather than just words on a page that we are to read. I think that comes from hearing John and other writers I've come into contact with in Nerdfighteria talk about their books.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Become a nerfighter made me think that it was okay to read, because before I didn't read that much because it wasn't very 'cool'. I feel accepted and very much myself when I read a comment of books that I enjoy . Being a nerdfighter has let me be myself. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Yes. Being a nerdfighter makes me feel more responsible, in a way, to be more active in the reading I do, especially for school. Somewhere along the line, I gained a bit more of an appreciation for books and literature, even the ones I don't like, and I'm pretty sure it's had something to do with something John said at one point. I try to read more, because I feel it's important, and I try to find the significance in the books I read and make sure I take something from them, as opposed to just reading them and tossing them aside.” </li></ul>
  35. 35. The Internet Creates… <ul><li>More visibility and agency for authors (publicity, image) </li></ul><ul><li>Lowered barriers – can ask authors questions and get answers </li></ul><ul><li>Insight into the world of writing and storytelling </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for collaboration and creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Reader encouragement, challenge, acceptance, and community! </li></ul>