Trends in YA Literature “ Books won’t change anything if they’re formulaic, problem-driven fiction inhabited by cardboard ...
How should we define YA Literature? <ul><li>Definition one:  Books written specifically for teens.  They have teen protago...
What do they look for? <ul><li>Common Characteristics: </li></ul><ul><li>Conflicts  </li></ul><ul><li>Themes are of intere...
Trends in YA lit <ul><li>Moving away from “what’s good” and onto what teens really want to read </li></ul><ul><li>Writing ...
Bookcovers Will Appeal to YA
Teen Appeal Publishers Watch for publishers like Simon Pulse and Push
Age Range??
Multiculturalism
Current TAYSHAS Nominations
YA Literature
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Trends In Ya Literature

  1. 1. Trends in YA Literature “ Books won’t change anything if they’re formulaic, problem-driven fiction inhabited by cardboard characters who only skate across the surface of reality” Michael Cart
  2. 2. How should we define YA Literature? <ul><li>Definition one: Books written specifically for teens. They have teen protagonists and are about issues teens deal with or may have to face in the future </li></ul><ul><li>Definition two: What teens are reading during their free time on their own time. This also includes adult authors such as Michael Crichton, Stephen King, Danielle Steel and John Grisham </li></ul><ul><li>Definition three: any book marketed as YA by a publisher. Could be an adult book pushed to the YA audience of vice versa. </li></ul><ul><li>Wilder, Ann and Alan B. Teasley. “High School Connections: YA: FAQ (We’re Glad you Asked!).” ALAN Review. http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/ALAN/v28n1/faq.html </li></ul>
  3. 3. What do they look for? <ul><li>Common Characteristics: </li></ul><ul><li>Conflicts </li></ul><ul><li>Themes are of interest to young people </li></ul><ul><li>Protagonists and most characters are young adults </li></ul><ul><li>The language </li></ul><ul><li>The length of novels </li></ul><ul><li>The diction and syntax </li></ul><ul><li>from Literature for Today’s Young Adults by Kenneth L. Donelson and Alleen Nilsen) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.viterbo.edu/personalpages/faculty/GSmith/Whatisyoungadultlit.html </li></ul>
  4. 4. Trends in YA lit <ul><li>Moving away from “what’s good” and onto what teens really want to read </li></ul><ul><li>Writing about all types of truths, though they may be ugly </li></ul><ul><li>YA novels written in poetic verse </li></ul><ul><li>Books about multiculturalism in our day and age </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic novels </li></ul><ul><li>Hybrids of genres </li></ul><ul><li>Re-emergence of fantasy and historical novels </li></ul><ul><li>Adult books for Young Adults </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.kellymilnerhalls.com/index.2ts?page=portfolio&catid=279&wrtid=392 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Bookcovers Will Appeal to YA
  6. 6. Teen Appeal Publishers Watch for publishers like Simon Pulse and Push
  7. 7. Age Range??
  8. 8. Multiculturalism
  9. 9. Current TAYSHAS Nominations
  10. 10. YA Literature

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