TCWT: As anyone who reads (or writes) teen fiction knows, “Young Adult” covers a wide breadth of genres, from comedy to romance to horror. Should YA fiction be broken up into categories as adult fiction is?
ZH: Absolutely, there is such a huge audience of middle schoolers and teens and because there are so many young readers with different tastes, like adults, I really think that it should be broken into categories. Not all YA fiction is alike.
“So wrong for each other…and yet so right.” I will admit, when I first saw the cover and tagline of Pushing the Limits I was a little skeptical. A bad boy and a good girl? I thought I’d read this story before, but boy was I wrong! Noah and Echo’s stories are deep, tear-jerking tales where the heart of the matter is the importance of family and trust.
Echo Emerson was the beautiful, smart, popular redhead who had the hottest boyfriend in school and then one night changed everything– a night she doesn't even remember. Now she's a social outcast with a dysfunctional family who refuses to tell her what happened. The best adult character in Echo's life is her clinical social worker, Mrs. Collins (more on her later).
The Shapes of Stories by Kurt Vonnegut via Kami Garcia
I spent my last months at Know Your Meme dumping viewcount and pageview data into Gephi, convinced that there were repeatable shapes to “meme” spread (there were and there are, I just ran out of time before I could get a bunch of brains together to figure out what any of it meant.)
And recently, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about Matt Locke’s Audience Shapes — the idea that there are distinguishable ‘shapes’ to TV viewing behavior.
So it’s reaffirming to see that someone like Vonnegut was thinking the same way, sensing patterns where they couldn’t be seen. I am not alone in my madness.
I'm a self-published author (because being a college student wasn't hard enough!) and spend most of my time doing homework. I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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